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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  • August 19, 2017
    We really loved this beautiful Palace ou little world stops to visit... Unlike the castle of Pena or the tail is endless. Each visit of Sintra is to see everything is beautiful but we were advised as Montserrat, a little gem that it was no time to see, focusing on the close regueleira of the national Palace Gardens
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  • August 19, 2017
    Very nice, a perfect visit charged history with a collection of furniture d amazing time! We loved!
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  • August 19, 2017
    We had read to the inside of that the and the garden of the Palace da pena. Not really excited about that the. A lot of group tourist and only three pieces retain our attention: the kitchen with chimneys, the coats of arms room and the chapel. Count an hour for the visit. On the other hand made the park of the Palace da pena and allow 3 hours. (See my tips for this tour)
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  • Enjoyable palace to look around, on balance worth the 10 euros per person. Despite Sintra being full of tourists the palace was cool and quiet with very few visitors. It seems everyone is trying to get up the hill to the forts and they ignore the palace at their feet.
  • The palace is ok to visit and has some fantastic decorative ceilings to look at especially the one in the Blazons Hall. The kitchens are interesting due to the 2 cone chimneys. An audio guide is available for 3 euros for those who are particularly interested in the history. The tour of the palace takes approximately 1 hour to complete but you can also take a brief wonder in the gardens at the end if you wish. Cost for an Adult ticket entrance was 10 Euros.
  • The interior isn't particularly ornate, nor does it feel especially historical (something the occasional tarp or vacuum cleaner laying about doesn't help with). The exterior garden is nothing special, and the outside views are tarnished by a tacky hotel and a delapidated building in the immediate vicinity. Only worth the time (and ten Euro) for people hugely interested in the historical aspects and not looking to be impressed visually.
  • Looks beautiful specially with the conical chimneys. Close to the town and train station. Good outside views.
  • A must see station of our trip. If you are interested about the kings and the medieval buildings, you have to visit this place

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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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