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Address: Terreiro do Paco, Vila Vicosa 7160-251, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 268 980 659
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VERY IMPRESSIVE

The scale of the place is very impressive especially from the outside. Inside you only get to see relatively small parts of it but they are the important parts and give a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Big-G66
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The scale of the place is very impressive especially from the outside. Inside you only get to see relatively small parts of it but they are the important parts and give a great impression of how the former Royal residents lived. Unfortunately no photography is allowed. The formal gardens are also very impressive. The Palace is well worth a visit.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very pleasant, informative, educational insight into the life of a simple Royal dynasty that ruled a simple country, small and beautiful, yet a bit too complex. Visit the lot and you will most certainly enjoy the experience. Worth the journey and the time.

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When the Portuguese King and his Heir left to go to Lisbon on a morning in 1908 they little knew they would never be back. The palace wing has been left with his clothes, hair brush etc for all to see. It is a beautiful palace and particularlyt poignant with so many personal items still there The adjacent coach house... More 

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Tavira, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

English guided tours start at 11:00 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and last about an hour. The palace is well laid out and well maintained, although the ceramic floors do squeak a lot from rubber-soled shoes.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

One the most beautiful Portuguese royal palaces (summer house) locate in a most amazing little village in Alentejo, capital of portuguese marble. It was a delightfull surprise. The palace tours are guided by knowlegeable professionals. Amongst other features, one can observe the rooms where the Portuguese king D. Carlos slept the night before his murder. Out of respect, they are... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

The Ducal Palace was built in the early 1500s and is stunningly beautiful, with a beautiful china collection and coach museum. This is a must-visit.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Our group had monkfish rice and carne porco de Alentejano (pork with clams) as our main dishes. Good portions and tasty food. Probably an idea to book - we were there mid-week and every table was full.

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Thank pedalportugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

The palace facade is worth the visit alone. An impressive expanse of the locally quarried marble which is used extensively throughout the structure. The apartments are interesting, though the best is ironically the late 19th early 20th century parts in what I think is a new wing. My wife says some if the pictures and drawings in that section are... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

The imposing and beautiful place is undermined by a strong and poisonous smell of some maintenance products. Even the guide could not bear it! In addition, the visit is not accompanied of any info related to the history... Which is a pity!

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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

very large and extravagant palace of Dukes who were also Kings of Portugal. The last King had to leave in 1908 during the revolution and his apartments were as he left them. Unfortunately there are no tours in English, however, walking through the palace with a good tour book is equally as good. we had an Eyewitness guide which was... More 

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