Park and National Palace of Pena

Park and National Palace of Pena

Park and National Palace of Pena
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • HealthyTraveler
    Santa Barbara, California124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Palace and Grounds!
    If you are in Lisbon, this is a great day trip! Plan on several hours here to explore the property after you walk through the palace. We underestimated how much there was to see here! Book the first tickets of the day. This place gets crowded! We really enjoyed walking all over the property and enjoying the nature and wildlife.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • K72
    Melbourne, Australia3,072 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book ahead online
    We were unable to book tickets or get tickets on the day- book ahead! Instead we paid 7.5 euro to enter the park where we walked up a steep him to the entrance of the palace where we could walk around and see the view. The palace looks huge and is very colourful. The park is quite nice to wander around and has good views too.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Justin R
    Lino Lakes, Minnesota352 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit in Sintra
    If you visit Sintra at all you can see the Pena Palace sitting on top of the hill on a clear day from almost anywhere. However it does seem to get get stuck in the clouds quite often as it did the day we went. We booked the 930 tickets and got there about 845. There was a very short line to get in about that time. We took the shuttle bus once inside the park because we weren’t going to have our 3 and 5 year old walk up the hill. Getting there for the earliest booking had it’s advantages as it was still relatively empty and we did find ourselves alone during points walking around the palace. The bad part was that the morning fog didn’t lift until about noon that day so we didn’t stay around to see the views from the palace.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Thomas B
    Twickenham, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Royal delight
    We did over 20000 steps having elected to walk from Sintra station and avoid the mass of tuk tuks offering to drive you up the hill. The walk up was amazing off the roads and via a forest path with unforgettable views. We visited the Moorish Castle first then walked up to the Palace. As we had not booked tickets we had to select one of the last sessions of the day. The interior was interesting and worth the visit and modest entry fee.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,439 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Know Your Options Before Going
    Our tour guide took us to this palace. He had our tickets for the palace as well as the tram to get to it. From what I saw there were quite a few people who thought the tram was either part of their tickets or free. Wrong on both accounts. We saw people with children being turned away as they tried to board the tram. Really sad to see them standing there not knowing what to do and worse, no one to assist. Another disorganized attraction to add to the many in both Spain and Portugal. We took the tram, which was packed with people even in April. The palace was interesting, nothing spectacular. The grounds and architecture were the best part. Even the drive up to the drop off for the tram was nice. There is quite a bit of walking when we got up to the palace on not so flat ground. While waiting for the tram to go down we saw quite a few people on the paths possibly walking up to the palace or just admiring the scenery. It might be the only way up to the palace when they won't let you on the tram because you didn't know you needed a ticket with all the misinformation and disorganization. If you are traveling with children or people who cannot walk far, I would definitely look into the particulars on this tram. When we got off the tram after our tour our useless tour guide who he said he could not go in the palace with us when he dropped off, was not where he said he would be. He had parked his car and made us walk on a very steep street to get to his vehicle. I still am not sure about the tour guides taking you inside. We saw a man and woman with a guide. We stood near them so we could hear about the palace. Was that guide part of the palace and a separate charge, I don't know. That is what our guide told us, but we no longer trusted anything he said. We paid a lot for our private tours and were told the guides could only drop us off at most of the sights and had to stay with their cars. We just believed what they told us. Maybe further checking should have been done by us. We had the same tour guide for the 2 days we did tours out of Lisbon. What misery with him !
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • hannah
    Warrington, United Kingdom11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if you plan
    We nearly didn’t visit as we were put off by the bad review but I’m glad we did. We booked the 3pm slot and missed the queues. As other have said, you need to plan plan plan! We parked in sintra town and hiked to the park. We are a family from ages 4 to 77 and as you can imagine the 77 year old struggled with the hike to the entrance (we must have gone the back way as it was a hike full on climbing stones and we ended up at another entrance) It was a beautiful hike but would only recommend for fit families. On entrance to the park, it was a 20 min walk to the entrance and this was a doddle in comparison to the 40 min hike we had just done! Most people will not need the shuttle bus to the top as lots to see on the way. The views from the top are worth it however we did get a tuk tuk down to the bottle (5 euros each so well worth it)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia2,622 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place but don't drive there.
    This is a delightful, multicoloured and eclectic palace built as an indulgence by a wealthy king. It is somewhat OTT but a delight to see. We went on a guided tour from Lisbon and would highly recommend this way of visiting as the roads around Sintra are narrow and congested and parking is scarce. On the tour of the palace you are forced to walk at a steady pace, making composing photos or just looking around a little challenging, but there is so much to see you'll feel satisfied and get heaps of good images. The views over the forested surrounding hills are attractive. Overall this is a must-see experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Gary T
    Austin, Texas1,010 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit
    We visited with a guide and his advice and knowledge made this tour the best so far on this trip. You can do it without a guide and it will be informative since they have done such a good job with the signage. This one is a don't miss in my book and is better with a guide.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Adam S
    London, United Kingdom30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful palace and park. Inept tourist management outside
    The palace and park is beautiful and worth the visit, even in the rain! But, be prepared for chaotic management of traffic on the way up to the palace and inept congestion management at the drop off/pickup point outside. Fewer people repeatedly checking tickets, and more people on traffic management would help. Go as early as you can- the queues are big and get bigger as the day progresses. Timed tickets mean you need to leave time for that traffic chaos- no less than 30-40 minutes needed for road travel from the station via either bus or one of the many taxis on offer at Sintra station.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Sintra Explorers
    Lisbon, Portugal195 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tips to Enjoy the Palace More
    The most iconic palace of Sintra. A must visit up in the clouds. Note that it can get busy so better to go earlier than later. Also, make sure to book your tickets online (beforehand) to skip the ticket line and choose your time slot. Make sure to be there on time if you have your ticket booked beforehand. Inside is beautifully designed and the park in huge and worth visiting.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 11, 2023
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marco
2 contributions
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Feb 2020
Five of us went to visit this national institution on top of a mountain on the 3rd of February 2020. Access to the place is monopolised by bands of roaming tuk tuk drivers looking unsavoury in the best instance, like cut-purses in the worst; or by a bus where you can only stand and pay 4 euro for the privilege. Cattle-like queues for purchasing entry tickets, even if it was early in the day and not many tourists were there, automatic machine broken down and derelict. An additional 3 euros if you cannot walk up the last bit through the park and want to wait 15 mins for a lazy minibus where again you can only stand up. These people are absolutely ignorant of queue management, they keep sending you through the labyrinth even if numbers are low. Worst of all, one of us is visibly disabled and she asked gently whether she could be let through the main gate without having to do a totally unnecessary labyrinth, and of course she was told no by a smirking female attendant at the gate supported by a tough looking individual in some sort of uniform. After she and all of us went though the empty labyrinth and got to her again she answered our (loud) complaints with an additional smirk and an expression of incredulity that anybody could question her authority and intelligence, and berating in a loud voice the disabled member of our party (don't worry, we answered back).
Once finally inside the blessed castle, which is quite narrow in its interiors, the way was blocked by a massive group standing in one of the best rooms listening to a speaker/guide. In any civilised museum on this earth, it is customary that a guide harangues their group out of the main transit way and not in front of exhibits if they block other visitors view: not here. When one of us went to challenge the speaker/guide, one of the group got agitated and communicated that the speaker/guide was actually the director of the place, and he could do as he wanted. At our complaints, th situation deteriorated and one of that group, that was composed of Portuguese teachers, got insulting. One of us got square with the director and demanded our entry fees back from the director there and then, to which he gracefully retreated, taking the astonished teachers with him. Nothing dramatic to report after that. Just a thought, it must be nice job, if you can get it, to be a museum director in Portugal if all the others were like this (they are not).
Written February 6, 2020
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Pața Radu
Southeast Romania, Romania186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
As we where 7 we took a minivan to the castle and it takes about 15 min, to walk is a hike and will take at least an hour. We where recommended by our driver to buy from the beginning the tickets for both Castels also for Castle of the Mauros, as we get a small discount. I Recomend that you start at the low gate and go up through the park all the way to the Castle it's a 20 min hike or more depending how long you will stay to admire the scenery and views and the way you go up. We did not take tickets to visit the castle inside as our guide said that inside we can see only some of the old furniture and it is not worth to pay for it. So we took the terrace access tickets and we where more than satisfied. The Castle itself from the beginning looks amazing and going up gets better you have to go through the wall pass and go around the castle walls on the outside, the views are spectacular. We went out of the castle park throw the main top gate and went down the hill to the Castle of the Mauros ( Castelo dos Mouros) also a 20 min walk we just followed the signs and we had also a map that was helpful. Hope it was helpful and enjoy your stay in Lisbon. (Mouros Castle review is next on my page)
Written February 19, 2020
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Jenn M
Atlanta, GA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The palace is gorgeous and has a root top terrace with beautiful views. We did not pay to go inside the palace and felt like we were still able to really enjoy the outside, get pics, etc. The highlight, though, is the "off the beaten path" parts of the park. A ton of tourists come in the gates, take the direct 10 minute walk to the palace, check out the palace and leave. We roamed the other areas of the park and would definitely recommend it. I loved the fernery and the valley of the lakes. It almost feels other worldly. One of the best experiences in Sintra! Buy tickets in advance if possible. The line is crazy, even in early spring. Also, be aware that Uber drivers have to pay for a special pass to get to Pena Palace. Once we were there, it took a long time to find an Uber that didn't have to cancel to get back down. Or you could also plan to pay extra for a tuk tuk (5 euros per person) to get back to historic city center where you can easily pick up an uber.
Written March 10, 2020
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walkaboutmum
Luton, UK2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Sintra is a beautiful place, easy to see why it became the home of princes.It is extremely hilly so walking shoes are essential.Even so, it is several very uphill miles from the train station to the palace, so a bus/taxi is necessary.I noticed a few people trying to walk up but there are taxis, buses and tuk-tuks hurtling past, with no pavement on these narrow country lanes for pedestrians, so it was actually quite dangerous for them. Palacio de Pena is quirky and colourful but the hour long queue to enter, even with tickets (on 2nd January, so many locals may have been on holiday) is why I have given this a three star review.We shuffled around the inside of the Palace, behind everyone else for only 40 minutes for the whole palace, so it definitely wasn't worth the wait.If you have seen larger palaces in Europe, the interior is interesting but smaller.If you are short on time or can't queue, it's better to get a ticket for the terrace and park only which is also cheaper. You can walk around a large section of the top of the castle and the views from this terrace/ walkway is great.
Written January 6, 2020
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Paul DuBois
London, UK1,021 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This spectacular castle is placed high in the Sintra Mountains and is considered one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders.

Founded on a site that had been visited by an apparition of the Virgin Mary, the initial settlement was a monastery for St Jerome. It was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake and it lay in ruins for many years until a young Ferdinand II decided to transform the site into a Summer Palace for the Portuguese Royal Family. The Portuguese State acquired the Palace and grounds in 1889 and after the Republican Revolution of 1910, it was classified as a National Monument and Museum.

Over the years, the external paint had faded and was only seen with a grey and grab facade. Re-painted back to its formal glory, this small palace now draws hundreds of visitors daily.

You can catch a train from Central Lisbon to Old Sintra. You will then either need to either hike up to the Park or take a local bus. I opted for an Uber from Central Lisbon. A taxi takes approximately 40 minutes each way and my Uber was about €25.00 (including tip) in each direction.

Access to the Park (which is beautiful) and the outside of the Palace is just over €7.00 per adult. To view the interior, you will need to pay an extra €7.00.

The Palace is beautiful. The interiors that are available for public view are small but very interesting. The entire site is wonderful to visit and good for families. I would recommend going in the morning as the Park and Palace can get quite busy in the afternoon.
Written January 27, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,910 contributions
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Mar 2020
Pena Palace is fairytale beautiful, with colourful walls and an eccentric design. It was the most wonderfully wacky palace I’ve ever seen. It The extensive gardens are an indulgence of lush plantings, secret grottoes and a labyrinth of paths. However, the ticket system is another matter and it is unnecessarily confusing.
I suspect that many people end up buying the €14 Palace & Garden ticket when they only really want the €7 Garden. This is because the labels are misleading. It makes it sound like the cheaper ticket restricts you to the gardens only but this isn’t the case. The cheaper ‘garden’ ticket still allows you onto all the castle terraces and the castle wall.
Basically all the amazing photos you see of the red, yellow and blue exterior are taken using the garden ticket. You don’t need to pay more to access these areas. The only thing you cannot do, is go inside the furnished rooms of the Palace.
What the €14 ticket gives you is access to the furnished rooms. I was keen to see them so we bought the €14 and they were very interesting. However many people would be happy to skip this part. If you’re undecided, it is worth noting that the line to go inside gets quite long and there is a very strictly enforced no photo rule in this part of the palace. If you are buying the €14 ticket, make sure you keep it handy after the main gate because you’ll have to show it a second time to get into the palace rooms.
Written February 18, 2021
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Justine S
Sao Romao, Portugal343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We enjoyed our visit to Palacio da Pena. Definitely recommend taking the bus (round trip €6,90 per person), as private cars cannot go to the palace. Expect a bit of a hike from the bus stop up to the palace, and from the entrance to the palace itself. A real sense of history and spectacular views to the valley below. Entrance fee is €15 per person with discounts for seniors etc.
Written January 30, 2020
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JohnP72
London, UK544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
I caught the 434 bus from Sintra Train st by purchasing the €10 one day ticket that allows you to catch all the buses in the area (including the 435 which takes you to Quinta da Regaleira and Palacio de Monserrate). The bus stops at the Moorish castle first but I wanted to get to Pena palace early before the crowds arrived. I got there at 9.45 and there were no queues for the ticket office. I purchased the Garden only ticket for €7.50 which allows you onto the terraces and towers and along the wall walk for all the best photos and of course the gardens. Paying €14 to queue to see the inside didn’t seem worth it especially as from reviews it’s not really a stand out from other palaces.
As for the other attractions in the gardens they are quite spread out and involve lots of walking up and down hills. Although the forest grounds are pleasant the sites themselves are very average including the High cross, stables, green houses etc. So I’d suggest if you are short on time save your legs and move onto the Moorish castle which is just a 5 min walk down hill from the main gate.
Written September 3, 2021
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Barton K
Hong Kong, China5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We have google search this place and almost all of the websites or bloggers would suggest you to visit one of the most famous Palace - Pena Palace in Sintra. But I have a bit difference experience from what they said.
All of them would recommend you to visit the interior of the Palace, but from my terrible experience, I have to queue for more than an hour to go inside which it's not very special from my point of view. I would suggest to visit the Park is already good enough, and you can save the time to visit other palaces around.
Written January 6, 2020
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Patrick E
83 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Great beautiful place. We went with our baby, which is a bit harder. We would recommend you to get the bus from the sintra train station or national palace (7 euro per person both ways). Baby’s are for free in the bus and at the palace. It is still a lot of walking with the baby, so maybe better to skip it and stay in the center.
Written June 18, 2021
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