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Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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The National Palace of Sintra, located in the historic town centre, was inhabited for nearly eight centuries by the Portuguese monarchy and its court. It was much used, particularly during the Middle Ages, as a hunting retreat and as a refuge from...more
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Largo Rainha Dona Amelia, Sintra 2710-616, Portugal
+351 21 910 6840
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Worth the time, cost and effort. Beautiful building with fascinating furniture, lovely ceilings and tiling, gorgeous views. Not much signage outside to tell you what the building is. The kitchen towers are especially impressive. Highly recommend visiting.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Found this place not so interesting. The facade looks plain. Outside the Palace, there are some interesting shops and cafes. There is a cafe nearby that has very nice flaky puff pastry with almond. Great to take a break after much walking and have this...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tip is to go to Pena Palace as early as possible, then walk to the Moorish castle, then walk down to Sintra and have a late lunch at Tulhas, accompanied by a large glass of Portuguese brandy. By the time you’ve done that it...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful and interesting palace with a lot of interesting history as well as scandals.. A knowledgeable tour guide is a must. Gorgeous views out of the palace windows too

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sintra is one of the best small towns in Portugal and the Palacio Nacional in the centre is an amazing building with unique history. In my view this is much better program and far more interesting than Pena Castle. You can feel the smell of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friends suggested the Moorish castle was a better investment of touring time - but I disagree. The expansive grounds of the Pena Palace and its amalgamation of several architectural stylings make this a ‘must see’ for sure! Recommend an afternoon visit when it’s not as...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank mdvincanada
Reviewed 1 week ago

After you've been up to the Pena Palace and had lunch, go to the Nationale Palace in the main square. It has fabulous Moorish chimneys which distinguish the building and lively views of Sintra from the windows.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I visited this castle after lunch in Sintra and after visiting Pena castle and by comparison it was an oasis of peace and tranquility. There were no crowds ( presumably they were all up the hill ) and it was a very...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to view this interesting piece of history. Loved it, especially the kitchen and chimneys required for the cooking of whole beasts!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MuzandSue
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tip #1 - Go there during lunch hours and you will pretty much have the place to yourself Tip #2 - This Palace is very accessible and is surrounded by a very nice, albeit touristy town, that is chock full of restaurants, coffee houses and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Susan S
February 28, 2019|
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Response from guptaratika | Reviewed this property |
main feature is the palace and its huge.
August 4, 2018|
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Response from Neiva M | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I can't help you. Get help from a travel agency, will make. (Infelizmente não posso lhe ajudar. Procure ajuda de uma agência de viagens, vai lhe facilitar.)
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Response from Neiva M | Reviewed this property |
There are buses available to take them to the Castle. Will hinder a little because there are a lot of stairs. But it's worth the sacrifice! (Há ônibus disponível para levá-los até o castelo. Vai dificultar um pouco porque... More
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