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 trip planning website to visit Park and National Palace of Pena on your trip to Sintra, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The palace is outstanding in the outside. The park is very beautiful too. The inside of the palace is less pretty comparing to other places but the building itself is wonderful. Recommendation: Get th...  more »
  • Wake up early, go drive up 8.30 has three car parks near and find safe place, take the tickets online just outside the Park around, super view
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  • In short, it's a fairytale like palace! A MUST see for tourists.It's on the top of the mountain. So, be ready for walk or you can also get a tourist bus( 3€/person)to reach the palace.A walk in the park is also worthy for it's natural beauty.If you are a tourist then you have to pay 11.50€ to visit both the park and the place. They also have other facilities to help tourists enjoy the park like, horse / pony rides for which you have to pay. Interior of the Palace is also very beautiful. For me it's a 5 stars!
  • One of the most impressive palaces that I have ever seen, from the outside. So much fun to explore. There are a 100 little niches to duck into for amazing photos. Stunning exterior. Interior gets a 4.5...very nice, but not a 5. Tiled courtyard is phenomenal. I counted over 30 different tile patterns there alone. Be sure to see the 3D raised tiles in relief that are in the passageway from the front to the inner courtyard. Two styles there. The one with the shields has a different "face"/shield painted on it. Incredible palace. Be prepared to hike, as it is 15 uphill from the entrance. Do the castle first, then walk downhill to see the grounds and gardens.
  • Truly amazing place! You may choose to visit the park surrounding the palace only or to have access to the palace too. The park is huge! With a lot of remarkable places to visit. Be prepared to walk a lot and for a long time (hours!). If you have babies, elders or people with disabilities it may be a hard journey. The palace and simply astonishing. You will need a ride or a car to get to park and palace.
  • A beautiful Palace. As we were on a budget we did the grounds entry only and it was amazing. You can go around the main palace as well with this entry fee and the rest of the grounds is well worth seeing. It is amazing how big these gardens are.
  • Stupendously beautiful and not to be missed if you find yourself to Lisbon. The downside is that there are swarms of people and hard sunlight in-season, and in the chaos, you might be dissuaded from seeing everything. However, just to see part of it is something you will never forget. These castles have been here since the Middle Ages, and meant by King Ferdinand, to be a summer-only residence for the Portuguese royals. Much pleasantness continues today, but I for one am in love with Portuguese building tile. Adventure types can ride a horse, a bike or just hike all day.

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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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