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“Royalty gives way to revolution” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Palace of Pena

National Palace of Pena
Estrada Da Pena, Sintra, Portugal
+351 21 923 73 00
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Ranked #8 of 25 Attractions in Sintra
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Convent of the Holy Virgin, built in 1503, was enlarged and refined by D. Fernando, husband of D. Maria II in the early 19th century, and is today a pure example of romantic Portuguese architecture.
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“Royalty gives way to revolution”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Well, that's what happened. The Portuguese royal family were ousted in a revolution in the early 1900s and the new republic took over their palace at Sintra for the people's pleasure. Now it's a major stop off point for the many travellers who come to the region to experience the culture, history, scenery, food, wine and the hospitality.
The palace is a sumptuous mix of architectural styles and co.ours reflecting Portugal's exposure to the world. Sitting on top of a mountain overlooking the Moorish Castle it truly dominates the skyline and region especially letup at night. It's part of the experience to get the local bus and the shuttle bus up to the top before a leisurely walk down into Sintra.
As you'd expect this is part palace and part museum but all of it is enchanting. Crowds had flocked there when we went. But this was the summer high season so to be expected. However. Everyone moved around freely, calmly at their own pace and we missed nothing in the couple of hours we were there.
There's something for everyone as our teens chatted in a turret and our 11 year olds played out conquering scenes while we enjoyed a cool glass of beer and the culture and artefacts of a bygone Portugal. Blissful way to spend an afternoon. Long live the revolution!

Visited August 2013
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“beautiful and unique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Amazing place, beautiful architecture and landscapes. A must-see if you're visiting the Sintra region.

Visited August 2013
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“A real palace fit for Kings and Queens of old!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I have seen quite some impressive and imponent building, including castles and palaces. But this one, set on top of a steep mountain, surrounded by a deep and maze like forest is set in an incredible environment. Sometimes, when its enveloped by light rain and fog becomes an outer world experience. The Palace is well taken care of, you can totally imagine how this would be defended for months in the most extreme luxury you can find on the inside of the palace walls. Take a trip to the castle by bus, train, or car, and spend the day there. At night descend to the amazing city Sintra and relish on the exquisite food and sights! :) A must!

Visited October 2012
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“So colourful and incredible view !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

If you think this is "just another" palace or castle like the rest, you are all wrong! This one looks like one in the fairy tales and has plenty of beautiful colored walls. It makes it so special and definitely worth the trip. The inside is also very interesting and if you take the ticket for the palace's interior as well, then you will get to see the Queen's terrace which offers a very beautiful view and is one of the highest place you can reach in the palace.

We went by car and you can park right in front of the palace, near the ticket office.

I would recommend to go in the morning because you can take nicer photos of the front part of the palace (the sun will be behind you)

Visited September 2013
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“Outstanding Architecture set on a hill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

After a train ride to Sintra, a modern bus ride through the winding narrow cobbled streets , and a ride through the Queens Gardens up hill you get your first sighting of the palace, built on rocks,the colors are vibrant, the carved stone work magnificent, I was privileged to be able to visit this magnificent Castle, the contents of the building are well kept and restoration is on going,it is so very sad that the monarchy came to such a tragic end with the King and Prince losing their lives.

Visited February 2013
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