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. Start your trip to Sintra by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • 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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  • Very nice, a perfect visit charged history with a collection of furniture d amazing time! We loved!
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  • 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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  • It is a must-see monument at the city of Sintra. This is a very old palace that belonged to an old king of Portugal around the XVI century. This palace is very beautiful and fully furnished and decorated with old elements what brings more delight to the visit. It is a fact that there are many stairs and steps to overcome during the visit, precisely, a 100 according to the front desk staff, but it definitely worth it. This palace is very unique also due to the marvelous ceiling painting at the main salon and to the design of the kitchen, a innovation for the society at that time, with a singular structure with two chimneys responsible to take out the smoke produced while cooking. These elements are similar to two white and rounded towers when seen from the outside.
  • Definitely worth a visit. The walk in the woods up to the castle and palace is great. Not too far but a bit steep at times. Wear some good shoes/trainers! Also be mindful of the castle and palace opening times. We went around sunset and everything was closed by the time we got uo. Views were incredible though.
  • Sintra National Palace is a must see for anyone wanting to learn more about Portuguese history, see beautiful works of art and relax in the country side. The views are gorgeous and easily accessible by train and public bus which is highly recommended since parking is nearly impossible even in low tourist season.
  • A royal residence, well preserved and restored. There is something for everybody, from paintings, sculptures, to great atchitecture and quaint little garden squares. Do not miss the kitchen with the unique ventilation domes, very unique echo in that room. Can be done in an hour, but to trully appreciate it, give it close to two.
  • I am usually less keen on palaces - too much grandeur and gilt. This is a wonderful place , with a tour route around the rooms and patios. It has an unusual feel - you can sense that the royals maybe had a good time here and enjoyed themselves ! I bought the book - which I rarely do for palaces !

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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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