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Paco Ducal

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

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London, ON
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103 reviews 103 reviews
35 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This is an impressive palace of the Bragança family that went on to become the royal line of Portugal. It was given directly by the family to be opened to the public so it has not lost its carácter. Almost everything in the house is from the royal family. The last King was quite an artista and his paintings are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

It's a beautiful palace, well preserved, full of history, impressive as many palaces that I've visited around the world, perhaps less well known which is a pity... Despite the preservation seems unquestionable, we can notice that there are some floors that recently were " converted" from wood to marble. Other thing has to do with the fact that the environment... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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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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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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30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
55 helpful votes 55 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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24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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
64 helpful votes 64 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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