Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra

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The exotic Park and National Palace of Pena, a World Heritage Site known for its Romanticist architecture, is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. While the foundation of this palace dates back to a chapel in the Middle Ages, the current appearance is mostly the work of German architect Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege. He mixed Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic, and Neo-Renaissance styles to create this dramatic structure. Tour the palace to admire the building's restored red and yellow facade, interior design, and antique furniture. Use our Sintra tour planner to arrange your visit to Park and National Palace of Pena and other attractions in Sintra.
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  • Pena palace is easily the most picturesque and beautiful palace I have ever seen from the outside. The inside is not as impressive but the place is amazing amazing amazing! The views are also incredib...  more »
  • This palace is expensive, 14€! The colors are great fun, and unique, but barely visible if you come on a day with a lot of fog.  more »
  • Great park and palace. One of the best hikes we had on our trip. The palace is excellent and was under a little redevelopment while we were there but it's lovely to see that they were doing it very sy...  more »
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  • A must visit. We went there today, the weather was nice. We took the 3€ bus to go up (worth it) and we enjoyed the amazing palace. The panoramas were gorgeous and the inside of the palace pretty and charming. Big wow. We arrived early so we had parking really near the palace, for free.
  • Fantastic views of the outside with a great park surrounding it. Trails are paved with cobblestones, has some cool specimen trees. I only payed for the park entrance (€6) and it was worth it. Kind of felt like everyone here wanted your money one way or another. Also, if you like walking up hills this place is for you. Otherwise bring an extra €3 for transportation.
  • The palace is like something out of a fairy tale from the outside. Positioned high on the hill you can take some nice photographs and get fantastic views. The palace inside is ok but I did not consider it to be outstanding. Some of the rooms had been closed with all furniture removed and some of the facades to an inner courtyard had scaffolding up at the time of our visit which reduced the exhibition somewhat. The cost of our ticket to get in was 13.30 euros (bought a ticket to access the castle at same time so reduced price for the 2 together). Nice to visit, but perhaps consider checking out the status of the renovation works before hand.
  • The park is very nice, tranquil and make an excellent walk. The facade of the palace is colourful providing great photo opportunities. However his is where it stops. The inside of the palace is undergoing renovation, which severely obstructing tourist access and people movement. Beside this, The artifacts on shows are absolutely minimal giving the impression that this is a house rather than a king's palace, the rooms are very small making it difficult for people to pass, view or photograph. The above plus the antiquated Portuguese system of having to form a single file to snake through all the rooms resulted in spending almost 1.5 hours to see twenty odd chambers. The entrance fee to the palace is 10 Euro the entrance fee to the park only, which include access to the outside of the palace is 7 Euro. The fee to see the inside of the palace is the most expensive "attraction" in sintra, to which I do not consider this value for my money. In fact I call this a complete rip off. If he place is being maintained, then close the palace down so it could be done safely and quickly, just like what the Icelanders have done in upgrading the blue lagoon, rather than keep milking the cash cow. I would not ever again pay the 10 euro to go into the palace with the way that the people are running the palace.
  • Must visit when come Sintra. I wish to spend the whole day here. If your heath is good and have time, walking inside the park is better than using shuttle bus. Surprised with the palace architecture, very beautiful. The scene below is awesome. The entrance ticket is worth of money.

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Where to stay in Sintra

For quick and easy access to Sintra's array of authentic buildings and historical sites, stay in the town's World Heritage-listed center perched atop a hill. By staying in the midst of the action, you'll be within walking distance of most of the town's main sights and you'll avoid the challenging parking situation that day-trippers and those staying further outside of the city face. For a real authentic experience, check into one of the many small boutique hotels, guesthouses, or hostels tucked in among the city's winding streets and 19th-century architecture, many of which sit high on the rugged slope near the national palace in mainly residential areas.
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