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Paco Ducal

Terreiro do Paco, Vila Vicosa 7160-251, Portugal
+351 268 980 659
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Vila Vicosa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks

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  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Lisbon, Portugal
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Beautiful palace, very well preserved. The guide was excellent! I found the visit a bit expensive, though.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

i had the time to visit this palace it is very beautiful and one can see a lot about the royal way of living. I was very annoyed and felt that it is rude to force me (a non Portuguese speaking person) to be under the guide of an only Portuguese speaking guide who did not even make any effort... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a very beautiful palace that gives the impression that the royal family still lives here. This palace belongs to the House of Brangança, the last royal house to rule Portugal and where the king slept his last night before being murdered. I would recommend a visit to the carriage museum (you can buy the ticket once you finish... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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60 reviews 60 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

its a must go...wonderful journey through out the years. you can go without a guide...just look and enjoy!

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Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Open only by way of tour and though our guide conducted the tour in Portuguese he was kind enough to repeat the highlights of each talk in very understandable English. The Portuguese seem proud of the profligate consumption of their former leaders but I could not help thinking about how having habits like buying 14 sets of 500 piece china... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Yes, you can not wander. Yes, the tour is conducted in Portuguese. Yes, the tour is a little pricey. BUT WAIT! We have been to palaces all over the world, but nothing like this. The property is not government owned. The staff is trying to preserve all of the original contents: furniture, tapestries, carpets, artwork, etc. The contents are not... More 

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Faro, Portugal
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Well organised and beautiful palace. Interesting collections. Very good guide. The kitchen is unique. Great majolica pieces.

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Arlington, VA
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This place is fascinating IF you speak/understand Portuguese. We were duly forewarned that the tour was only in Portuguese but at nearly 10 bucks a ticket, I would hope for a simple paper map of the rooms with a small translated description of key elements in several common European tongues. That would have made a big difference.

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Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The tour is only given in Portuguese but the castle is absolutely stunning and I do not think you could find too many castles with all of the original furnishings. You will find every single detail left unturned. I loved the place just for the fact that the furnishings are so intact. If you love old castles you don't want... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Its a big square, with impressive view, due to the architectonic of the place. Its really worth your while. Go and see the palace. You breath history!

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