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National Palace of Sintra

Largo Rainha D. Amelia, Sintra 2710, Portugal
351-219-106-840
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Ranked #12 of 25 attractions in Sintra
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Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: Royal Palace The Royal Palace is located at Largo Rainha Dona Amélia. It is the only royal palace from the Middle Ages that survives in Portugal... more »
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Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Before going to Sintra I asked everyone that had been where we should visit. Palacio da Vila (National Palace of Sintra) I was told was not to be missed. We spent less than a couple of hours looking around the palace. It was nice and quiet so we could look around easily and yes it was pretty but not worth... More

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Tehran
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Comparing the sites that you can see in Sintra I recommend to see Pana park and Pena Palace and Moorish castle. Nothing special in the National Palace although that you can visually see a part of Portugal history, Some rooms have beautiful paintings or ceramics on the walls and the top but most of the rooms are decorated with paintings... More

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stansted
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This was the best thing in Sintra. One of the rooms was just incredible and worth paying just to see that. The kitchens were amazing as well with the huge chimneys you can see from the outside.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The palace is rather plain on the outside and beautiful and interesting on the inside. Fabulous tour. Gorgeous history of the city and the country. Art and ceramics everywhere. Stunning ceiling artwork and floors. It began as a fortress and converted to where people lived over time. Quite charming. A MUST see on your day in Sintra.

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Compared to the major European palaces or those in the UK, this once great palace is much the worse for wear, and desperately needs large amounts of money spent on it to bring it back to standard. The walls look tired -- their once majestic coverings and gilt work have long gone. Much of the furniture is not original --... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The National Palace is one of those places you should visit, but doesn't mean its one of the best sites in Sintra. You can easily get here from the train station by taking one of the sighseeing bus, but we took the 434 bus (to the right of the station) costing 5€ per person and allows you to hop on... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We caught the train out to Sintra. Thw walk round from the station to the Palacio gave us lovely views on a gorgeous Spring day. The Palacio was very quiet but I guess in peak season it would be quite a different story! Each room has an information plaque in both Portuguese and English - we didn't bother with the... More

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

There is a train from Rossio to Sintra directly. There you walk into the town and enjoy the old city. Take a regular bus which will take you up the mountain to go to the castle. Price is 5 euro pp. Above you can walk to the top, but you can also take a return ticket for 4 euro in... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Sintra is an amazing castle high high up! What a view! It is magical and beautiful. I like the architecture outside--and the inside was marvelous, especially the ceilings.

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Very interesting palace. Wonderful collection of rooms with different styles. Ceilings are particularly interesting. Make sure you bring a guide book to follow the architecture and style. Kitchen is almost the best part of tour. Sits underneath the distinctive conical chimneys. Looks like they could have cooked a large elephant in it.

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