Sintra National Palace, Sintra
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The historic Sintra National Palace represents the most well-preserved medieval palace in Portugal. You can tour the palace, which was named a National Monument and World Heritage Site, for a closer look at the preservation and restoration. This castle dates back to the 10th century and was inhabited from at least the 15th through 19th centuries. While it was built in Moorish times, its architectural style is a result of rebuilding in the 1400s. View the mixture of Gothic, Manueline, Mudéjar, and Moorish style present today, as well as decorative ceramic tiles added to the site during the Age of Discoveries. To visit Sintra National Palace and get the most from your holiday in Sintra, create itinerary details personal to you using our Sintra trip itinerary builder.
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  • The Sintra National Palace is located right in the historic center. There is nothing extraordinary about the palace. Quite a modern construction - not worth going inside if you are vivid traveler and ...  more »
  • This is a wonderfully preserved medieval residency of Portugal's royalty. We had a guide with us who provided the detail and meaning of some of the Palace's features such as why one room has magpies p...  more »
  • Very nice, but I advise to visit before Pena palaces and Moorish architecture, because with the indescribable beauty of these two we just sorting this Palace with a beauty less than it should be.
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  • I didn't know what to expect when I got off the train in Sintra. Yeah, there are a lot of tourists here, but it's out in hill country and feels way less cramped then Lisbon. The nature itself is beautiful. The standout of this palace is the two giant chimneys, and there's some cool decor, but it can get crowded. The other nearby castles and palaces are better, in my opinion, but this is a good place to start a Sintra adventure
  • Stay away from this tourist infested hole. The amount of tourists crawling over this entire city is reminiscent of cockroaches crawling over a pile of garbage. Walking the streets of Sintra near the palace you struggle to breath from the overpowering stench of people as you crowd down the streets packed like sardines. Each shop in the town selling the same overpriced tourist items as the next. Avoid this tourist trap at all costs!
  • 10 euros for tickets but nothing special. It is better and more quality time to focus on pena palace and regaleira castle. Both are beautiful. But come in morning to Pena and later to Regaleira becausr is crowded!
  • Spectacular views! The park around Pena palace is a very charming place with lots of trails and stunning viewpoints. Tip: get the map of the park at the entrance.
  • What I loved more in this Palace was the room of coats. The ceiling of this room is highly detailed with the coats of several Portuguese families. From this room there is an amazing view that extends to the Atlantic Ocean. Overall I found the palace to be smaller than what I expected. This Palace is located on a highly touristic area, which means a lot to see near by, great views and many places to have good meals. It also means influenced prices. The palace adult ticket is 10€. In my opinion is overpriced, specially since the palace isn't that big. But since there are a lot of foreign tourists it is only natural that the prices rise. The good news is that Sintra residents can visit the palace for free every Sunday during the morning.