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Paco Ducal

Terreiro do Paco, Vila Vicosa 7160-251, Portugal
+351 268 980 659
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
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  • Dutch first
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  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Arlington, VA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Pretty big and fascinating palace, but a very boring guide. Not worth a detour, but still pretty fun if you happen to stay in Vila Vicosa.

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Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Must see at Vila Viçosa! Good presentation from tour guide gives a brief perspective for 400 years Portuguese history

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Sintra
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209 reviews 209 reviews
62 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This palace is huge and well stocked of old carpets, furniture and lovely decoration items from the portuguese kings. Well worth the visit but you have to take the guided tour to fully understand the story behind it. Avoid the summer months as you will melt with the heat.

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Lisboa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

An amazing marble palace that belonged to the royal family of Portugal. A must see place when traveling in Alentejo and on your way to Spain border. It is very well preserved and has an amazing kitchen!!!

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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60 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This was a most disappointing visit. Having looked forward to what was to be one of the highlights of our trip we discovered when they re-opened after a long lunch break that you could only visit in a conducted tour group. The next tour started in 30 minutes. The commentary is only given in Portuguese and no you cannot wander... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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112 reviews 112 reviews
40 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

This whole marble palace, which belong to the Bragança royal family for more than 400 years, 200 of them before they assumed the Portugal Monarchy. The visit is only on a guided basis, several times a day and it has some surprises. The curators tried to preserve the place so it has no artificial lighting, which means than you see... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This Palace is situated in a lovely large plaza together with D. João IV Pousada and The old religious seminary, with a large equestrian statue in the middle. The general architecture reflects the renaiscence style, with a stunning local blue and white marble facade. the initial construction began in the 16th century and housed one of the most important noble... More

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