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Sintra National Palace

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Address: Largo Rainha Dona Amelia, Sintra 2710-616, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 21 910 6840
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The National Palace of Sintra, located in the historic town centre, was...

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 outbreaks of disease in the capital, or as a summer resort, thanks to the town's more agreeable climate.

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Lovely building and stylish interior

Located close to Sintra town centre this castle has a Moorish style and interior. Lots to see inside including some impressive tiled rooms. Certainly worth seeing when in Sintra.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Located close to Sintra town centre this castle has a Moorish style and interior. Lots to see inside including some impressive tiled rooms. Certainly worth seeing when in Sintra.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We must have missed the crowds as we practically had the place to ourselves. Took the audio tours in English which were good. I am calibrated to find most palaces to be good in part and not very good for the rest - this place was different, for us, this was a star. The 500 year old tiles everywhere in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After seeing older palaces in London and Lisbon, Sintra handily takes it with colors, location, landscaping, and style. Bring a jacket as it can be windy and cool atop the mountain. The winding passages and terraces of this masterpiece will captivate you as you meander about this fairytale estate. Unreal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This palace is right in the centre of Sintra's Vila. It has beautiful rooms with amazing tiles and paintings on the walls. The kitchen is huge with two enormous chimneys where hunted animals would be roasted bellow. It's a must for visiting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

despite the fact that I visited in October it was crowded ...unfortunately with lots of huge groups which did not move on but stood and talked and talked so the whole thing got very very crowded ....

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the centre of old Sintra this a very interesting palace with unique architecture with two unusual towers. If travelling by car there is very limited parking close by, but down the hill is a larger car park. whilst visiting you can easily talk a walk around the historic centre of Sintra

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sintra is a small village nearly one hour away from Lisbon. It is a picturesque town with a number of castles and gardens and museums. This is a UNESCO world heritage site. The national palace may be small but is a treasure house of architectural designs and furnishings. The décor is fantastic

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a unique palace. It's in oriental stile - and since it's in Europe, the impression is surprisingly exotic.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Travelling with youngsters meant our early morning start ended up with our arrival in sintra at noon. We took the train and alighted at the last stop. Not having any fixed plan in mind, we availed the service of a tour guide with a big enough car for our two families. This suited us well as we were able to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A truly beautiful and magnificent palace, with lots of interesting wall end ceiling decorations from when Portugal was the richest empire in Europe. It definetely ranks as one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, even though it's not very large. A must see in Sintra.

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