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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  • Get to Sintra early! We left Lisbon around 9:15 and got there around 10:00 a.m. We bought the 12.5 euro day pass which covers the three major bus lines. We took the 434 and skipped Sintra castle. We s...  more »
  • everything prepared for visits for tourists with information of all kinds and a bus that takes you to the top which is expensive to my mind by the shortness of the trip that if not in slope would have no raison d ' être for grandparents ideal. at all times staff see that appear and disappear from the precincts warning that you should not use flash, but must have a double aspect by there deposited objects of great value, a necessary visit to know that well existed at that historical time if belongings to the nobility clear nothing new because across Europe was what prevailed during siglos.lo better for my was the kitchens with soul and warmth of people working in the service of the senor.facil arrive, easy to see wonderful views recommended to visit ,.
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  • A castle is exceptional as we see little. Very different architecture following places. A treat. Almost obligatory to go bus
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  • Like many other visitors commented, this place is unique and full of photo opportunities. Especially on a fine sunny day, the color contrast between blue sky and red/yellow/purple walls is striking. We enjoyed the castle, but we really enjoyed the outside of the castle. After visiting the castle, try strolling around the park via a mild downhill path from the castle to "the Valley of Lake" entrance, instead of going back to the main entrance. The path is refreshing and has some cool corners worth a few more photo shots along with it. And it's easier to catch a bus or other transportation at this side of entrance than at the main entrance.
  • This is really a wonderful and fairy tale-like castle. Unlike common castle one can find in Europe, Palace of Pena is so colorful that it is kind of unreal. If you are willing to spend an hour or more to climb up to the mountain to the south of the park, Cruz Alta to be precise, you can see the whole castle from a distance. That view is unforgettable. Truly breathtaking! Totally recommended!
  • Lovely looking place. Beautiful park with castle on top of it. Great view. You can enjoy walking through the forest or just admire to the castle. Very interesting and must see if you find yourself in the area.
  • Loved the park - got there for 10am and loads of parking spaces. Was worried after reading reviews against driving there and parked at lake entrance to walk through park. Why Not seeing as we paid to see the park anyway. Gorgeous. Palace is not worth it... the crowds made it worse. You see all you need to with the garden pass! You get up close to the palace.
  • This is a definite 'must do' if you are travelling to Portugal. A short drive from Lisbon, make sure you arrive early in the morning to avoid the parking congestion of the day. You will be rewarded with a spectacular walk through the surrounding gardens. During our visit, a thick fog blanketed the surrounds and made for surreal photographs of the palace raising from the mist. We also packed our own lunch and enjoyed relaxing in the gardens. The palace itself appears to have been transported to the crest of a rocky outcrop and inspires dreams of fairytales and a lifestyle outside the reach of most of us.
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