Sintra National Palace, Sintra

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • I always wonder how kings and Nobel people used to live. Well this is one place where one might see the bedrooms and the kitchen Remember there are many steps to climb and many rooms to visit. 
  • The two chimneys "enchant" especially if the day is beautiful. Very nice rooms, unique within an amazing kitchen tiles. Worth visiting.
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  • I visited, after 38 years, the Palácio da Vila and seemed even more beautiful than the first time. So beautiful at the end of the visit I asked the security to let me through again and made a second visit. Fantastic. The price? A little puxadote (10 euros) for anyone who wants to visit other things in Sintra.
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  • I found the palace to be small and not very well cared for, despite the entrance fee being quite expensive. There is some lovely tile work adorning the walls of the palace (e.g azulejos tilework), but most of the rooms in the palace have white washed walls, and personally I thought compared to other palaces I have visited in Europe, the overall look of the room was a little dull and lacking in opulence I have come to associate with palaces built for royalty. I was surprised that the very old tiles adorning some of the walls of the palace were not under protective glass or a rope barrier - you could essentially walk right up to the tiles and put your hands all over it (perhaps the faith is strong that the tiles are super durable?) One room that was particularly beautiful however was the "Hall of Stags", with its domed gold ceiling that displayed the Coats of Arms of 72 noble Portuguese families. There is just one queue for anyone who would like to enter the Palace and only a limited amount of people are allowed in at one time. This subsequently means you might be entering in with big tour groups and unable to see rooms properly as these groups block up the entrance or crowd around special places of interest. Unfortunately this is unavoidable, but perhaps try to schedule your visit early or later in the afternoon. If the lines to go into the Palace look too long, perhaps buy some delicious popcorn from the lovely old man and his popcorn vending machine just outside the Palace as you wait for the crowd to subside. I believe I paid 1.50 Euros for a bag. Most likely if he sees you approaching or near his van he will give you a handful to try! :)
  • 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.
  • Beautiful Neo-Moorish palace in the city center! I recommend walking down here from the Moorish castle. You won't regret it!
  • Definitely worth a visit! Just walk around if you don't care visiting the palace, but we had a good time there, including a nice lunch, some good wine... Sure a good company makes a big difference 😊
  • Great place full of interesting local charm. Must see when in Sintra.
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