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National Palace of Sintra

Largo Rainha D. Amelia, Sintra 2710, Portugal
351-219-106-840
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Ranked #11 of 25 Attractions in Sintra
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth the trip and hike up to the Palace. Took about 35-40 minutes to climb up to the base and another 15-20 minutes to the Palace. Can take the bus from the town centre but infrequent service and long line-ups. Other options are taxis and shuttle bus but we elected to get some exercise and climbed up...good work out... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Loved the views and feel of area...recommend to take a hop off/on bus, and visit Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe.

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manchester
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Take a 40 minute train ride for about 5 euros return, and you'll be in the hills containing the very pretty village of Sintra. This is one of 4 magical palaces just outside of Lisbon. The village is quaint and rustic, and can get busy with tourists. It's a fairly easy stroll from the train station, past many pieces of... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

A mish-mash of architectural styles (Moorish, Gothic, Manueline), the palace presents an eclectic mix of grand rooms, well preserved furnishings, and a huge kitchen - note the conical chimneys from outside as you approach. Walk through the palace at your own pace, and enjoy the collection of glazed tiles throughout seemingly every room.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I would recommend an hour or two at this palace where you can at your own place walk around through all the interesting rooms. Another hint is to check out the gardens which are included on the ticket. They offer some nice fresh air and amazing views.... just minus the disused building nearby... although it sitll looks interesting. The entry... More 

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Quincy, Illinois
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This palace was built in many stages resulting in a chopped up floor plan with no logical flow. it is what it is, how it evolved can't be changed but don't expect grand rooms and furnishing inside. Basically it is deceptive from outside to in. If you have limited time in Sintra, I suggest you skip this in favor of... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The National Palace dates back to the 14th century. The two gigantic conical chimneys are unique and a recognizable landmark in Sintra. The rest of the building is a combination of the Moorish, Gothic and Manueline styles. Inside is the most extensive collection of colored glazed tiles in the world. Be sure to look up at the beautiful ceilings too.

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Pozzuoli, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Loved our time here, worth an hour or two. Smack in the middle of town, it was where many of the Portuguese monarches lived. Totally worth it.

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Woodland, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

throne room; tiles are nice and different. other furniture less impressive. known for large kitchen and kitchen chimneys, they are large but OK.

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Mashhad, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The history of this thousand-year-old palace backs to the time when the Muslim ruled the Iberian Peninsula and that’s why you see influence of Islamic architecture in different locations of this palace. Palace architecture looks simple from outside. Inside has many spaces such as halls, dining room, reception room, chapel, cloister, kitchen, and terraces! You can enjoy visiting them and... More 

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