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Pena Palace Sintra & Park

A quaint town picturesquely perched on the mountains near Lisbon, Sintra is one of the seven wonders of Portugal and quite naturally a tourist magnet. So beautiful is this former royal summer residence town that Lord Byron has waxed eloquence about it's blessed beauty in his famous poem - Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. In this UNESCO Heritage town stands the famous Palacio Nacional da Pena, commonly known as the Pena Palace Sintra.

The Palacio Nacional da Pena, a 19th century castle is is one of the finest tourist attractions of Portugal and flaunts a hedonistic mix of vividly painted terraces, decorative battlements and mythological statues, all of which stand at stark contrast to the lush greens Parques de Sintra that encircles the Pena Palace.

To know all about visiting the Sintra Pena Palace and Parks, here's your all inclusive guide. Plan your visit efficiently with Tripindicator!

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Pena Palace & Park Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Pena Palace & Park Skip-the-Line Ticket

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  • This is an opportunity to visit the fairy-tail castle commissioned by King Ferdinand the II.
  • An independent tour and time saving ticket.
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Pena Palace and Regaleira with tickets from Lisbon

2. Pena Palace and Regaleira with tickets from Lisbon

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  • Great itinerary from Lisbon city into the luxurious green of Sintra. Enjoy the knowledge of your guide inside both the Pena Palace & Park and the Quinta da Regaleira - tickets...
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Sintra Palaces (Regaleira & Pena) - Private Tour

3. Sintra Palaces (Regaleira & Pena) - Private Tour

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  • This being a private tour will only include the people making this reservation, which will offer a better experience for the customer: more comfort, direct attention from the guide and a unique way of learning more about the places visited.
    All our guides are very professional, knowledgeable and customer oriented, contributing for an...
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Sintra Tour Wine Tasting and Pena Palace Private Tour

4. Sintra Tour Wine Tasting and Pena Palace Private Tour

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  • The Departure will be made from the Hotel, Lodging or place to combine. We will make a pleasant and complete private tour where only your group will participate, we try to provide a comprehensive guided tour through the Romantic town of Sintra, the stunning Bay of Cascais and Estoril Coast as well as demonstrate what they offer in terms of...
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Pena Palace on private half-day tour

5. Pena Palace on private half-day tour

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  • Come and visit the village of Sintra and the Palace and Park of Pena in the best company, the meeting will be next to your Hotel or Accommodation, you will be informed via email of all details shortly after finalizing your reservation.
    We will also visit the National Palace of Queluz before arriving at the village of Sintra.
    The Palace...
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Sintra and Cabo da Roca with Pena Palace Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

6. Sintra and Cabo da Roca with Pena Palace Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

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  • Experience a day in Portugal you never forget with this 8-hour small group tour of Sintra. Lose yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Sintra and Cascais with your driver/guide who takes you on an enriching full-day tour from Lisbon. Admire the spectacular scenery of the Sintra-Cascais National Park on the way to Cabo de Roca, the westernmost...
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Full-day Tour of Sintra, Pena Palace, and the Portuguese Riviera from Lisbon

7. Full-day Tour of Sintra, Pena Palace, and the Portuguese Riviera from Lisbon

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  • See the fairytale palaces and gardens of Sintra and natural landscapes. Marvel at the whimsical architecture of Pena Palace. Go to Cabo da Roca, continental Europe’s westernmost point. Pass the surfing beaches of Cascais and discover the “Devil’s Mouth“grotto on this 8-hour guided tour from...
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Pena Palace and Cabo da Roca half-day group tour from Lisbon

8. Pena Palace and Cabo da Roca half-day group tour from Lisbon

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  • Explore beyond Lisbon city limits—and see several of Portugal’s top attractions in half-day—on this seamless, small-group...
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From Lisbon to Sintra (All palaces+visit Pena Palace and Regaleira)from2persons

9. From Lisbon to Sintra (All palaces+visit Pena Palace and Regaleira)from2persons

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  • *Now we are only working with a convertible car for 4 people maximum*

    We are local and passionated tour guides that will drive you around Sintra.
    Sintra as a lot to visit and one day only is a very short visit.
    We recomend you to choose only 2 palaces to visit inside in one day.
    We recomend to visit Pena Palace and Quinta da...
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Sintra: Pena Palace, Regaleira Palace and Cascais

10. Sintra: Pena Palace, Regaleira Palace and Cascais

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  • Tour Sintra Cascais and Estoril, a visit to the Aristocratic Paradise in Portugal with its extremely luxurious Palaces and Quintas surrounded by exuberant flora due to its uncharacteristic micro-climate, come and discover all of this in a fantastic day leaving Lisbon. Sintra is a testimony of almost all times in Portuguese history. And it goes far...
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Pena Palace History Under a Minute

The Pena Palace we see today is an adaptation of a 16th-century monastery and partly an imitation of a medieval fortress, that was built for Queen Maria II by her young German consort, Ferdinand II. King Ferdinand II was completely blown by the stunning views from the Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria he wished to build a similar flamboyant complex in Sintra. His only design input was that the palace should reflect an opera with a magical feather palace aura, and so it was!

To further enhance the beauty of the Palace, Ferdinand II commissioned the Parque da Pena, a series of gardens and walking paths that incorporated more than 2,000 species of flora, hidden pathways, ornate features and stunning view points.

Why you must Visit the Pena Palace Sintra?

  • Sintra is a just 30 minutes away by train from Lisbon and costs less than £2 to get to! When a treasure lies so close to Lisbon and takes nothing to reach there, why not?
  • Not only is the Palace a star attraction here, but all of Sintra is brimming with UNESCO World Heritage sites (in fact, Sintra as a whole is a UNESCO World Heritage site). So, strap on your best shoes and spend a whole day exploring all of Sintra.
  • To visit The Palace and Parks, you have a combo ticket which costs less than individual tickets. Enjoy the luxury of exploring both on a shoestring budget!
  • There are so many fascinating stories about the Pena Palace Sintra, it's hard to believe so much took place in one Palace. Make sure to take an audio guided or expert guided tour to know all about the Palace during your visit.
  • After visiting the Pena Palace Sintra, you can visit the Moorish Palace which is a short walk from the exit gates. This way, you cover 2 fabulous Portuguese Palaces on one trip! Moreover, the Moorish Palaces flaunts the best view of the Sintra town. Pop your head out of the Castle Walls at the Moorish Palace and get uninterrupted views of the town, Pena Palace and the other palaces and parks in Sintra.
  • Pena Palace Opening Hours

    High season ( summer) - 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM | Low season ( winter) : 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    Best Time to Visit the Pena Palace Sintra

    Summers see the maximum crowd in Portugal, hence expect massive tourist hordes in the Pena Palace Sintra. Weekends are busy throughout the year, so schedule your visit for a weekday to enjoy a visit with less shoulder-rubbing.

    The best time of the day would ideally be around the opening time, 9:30 or so. This is because tourist groups start arriving around 11 AM after which it is complete mayhem. There is dip in crowds around 5:00 PM as most people leave around this time to explore the rest of Sintra. A smart move would be exploring Sintra for the first half of the day and spending the last leg of your day in Pena Palace. That way, you can roam around the gardens without the sun right above your head and even watch the sunset from up the hills.

    Best Views of Pena Palace Sintra

    To get your instagram worthy view of the Pena Palace and its breathtaking surrounding,s climb up to the e Cruz Alta (High Cross) and let you heart skip a beat! Located at the highest point of the Sintra Hills at 529 meters, you can get to the cross after an easy ascent in the forest. A well-marked path will lead your way to the most scenic panorama in Sintra, from where you can see as far as Lisbon on clear days. Don't miss this one during your Pena Palace Sintra visit.

    Visiting Parques de sintra

    Parques de sintra, also known as the Pena Park Sintra is what the phrase right out of fairytale truly means. With magical forests, hidden lakes fluttering with white swans, black swans, muddy winding paths, gorgeous waterfalls, archway bridges, rare species of flowers, trees and more ; Parques de Sintra seems an Enid Blyton book setting. There's lots to walk and explore, so make sure you keep an hour and a half of your schedule to aimlessly wander through this magical park.

    The most interesting part of the Parques de Sintra is the Queen's Fern Garden (Feteira da Rainha). It is a collection of trees brought in from different parts of the world - Magnolias, Japanese Cryptomeria, Chinese Ginko, American Sequoia, Cypress, Red Cedar and many others. Walking around this part of the garden is simply surreal!

    Reaching Pena Palace Sintra

    Going from Lisbon to Sintra

    By Train (40 minutes)

    From Estacao do Rossio, Estacao de Entrecampo or Estacao do Oriente you can take a train to Sintra Station. Buying round trip tickets for the train works out cheaper. From the station, you can hop onto Scotturb Bus 434 which will take you the Pena Palace.,

    By car (20 min):

    Take the IC19 from Lisbon. When you arrive Sintra's historic centre, you'll see a signboard showing the way to Pena (3.5 km). The GPS coordinates are: 38º 47' 16.45” N 9º 23' 15.35” W.

    Going from Sintra Historic Center to Park & National Palace of Pena

    The Park & National Palace of Pena has two entrances, the main gate to the palace and a second gate to the park. You can reach these entrances by either walking uphill, taking a carriage horse, a bus or by driving up yourself.

    Walking Uphill :

    The walk from the footpath of Casa do Valle should take you about 45 minutes and the route takes you to the Park gates. From here you can grab a combo ticket for both, or simply redeem your online ticket. You can roam around the park and then a 15 minute walk lands you in front of the Palace gates.

    Taking a Horse Carriage:

    While the horse and carriage way is the most romantic mode of transport, we do not support animal cruelty in any form and would not recommend this unless you have mobility issues. Better still, for those with mobility issues, hiring a taxi or taking the bus is still a better option. The Horse carriage also happens to be the most expensive mode of transport.

    Hopping on the Bus :

    Bus number 434 will take you up the hills of Serra de Sintra for 5 Euros ( round trip) , but be warned it is for those with a strong stomach and great nerves. If you get motion sickness, you should skip the winding bus ride. Also, in the summers, even if there are 3 buses an hour, you may have to wait a long while for the bus. You can catch this bus from the Sintra train station or from the foothills.

    Driving your Car uphill :

    If you choose to drive up in your own car, there are free parking places both before and after both the gates. Follow the buses uphill and you'll reach the parking spot. The roads are winding and steep, so make sure you have a skilled driver taking you uphill

    Tips For Your Pena Palace Sintra Visit

    • If you are interested in visiting the Moorish Castle after your Pena Palace visit, buy a combined ticket to save money. Even if you cannot see them both on the same day, the ticket is valid for a month.
    • There is a coffee shop and a restaurant at the Palace. Hydrate and fuel yourself as you please.
    • While photography is not allowed inside the Palace, you can go all out from outside and in the Pena Palace Park.
    • The best way to walk uphill is via the Villa Sassetti path. You can get a free map from any of the tourist centers in the town and navigate yourself up. This is the most picturesque route, with least crowds.

     

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