Paco Ducal
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,243 contributions
Jul 2021
Undoubtedly you will want to visit this highlight of Vila Vicosa but for us it proved a little disappointing. In other national palaces, Queloz and Mafra, you could enter and view by yourselves at your own pace which we prefer. Here it was as a group only. And as the group would be in Portugese only, which we do not speak, hardly satisfactory. But without the many descriptions that existed in Mafra and Queloz a guide here to describe rooms and furnishings is needed, just in more than Portugese. And a group of 14 in sometimes quite small rooms in Coronavirus times, people allowed in at their own intervals would have worked better.
Also access to the Capella was closed. Even going out into the gardens, fresh air for the group instead of the being in the building, was not allowed. So while many rooms are very beautiful and well furnished ultimately with those current restrictions and still a full price of €7, disappointing.
Written July 27, 2021
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Henry F
Ayr, UK82 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Since this splendid palace is the main attraction in Vila Vicosa, we were very keen to visit it. Our visit got off to a poor start when we were studiously ignored by several people behind the desk for several minutes. Next we were informed that the guided tour (the only way to visit) would be in Portuguese only. We chose to leave, and are very disappointed in their lack of customer friendliness or courtesy. An own-goal on their part.
Written January 16, 2020
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,357 contributions
Oct 2020
I visited at about 16;50 on Sunday to find it closed and the doors locked. On checking the admittance hours sign, photo attached, I discovered that while the palace is normally open until 6pm, from October to May it closes at 5pm with the last entry at 4pm. The palace looks nice from the outside. It seems that I may have had to wait a long time for a guided tour in English as I was alone and the tours are only done in groups, so I would have had to wait in the hope that other English speakers visited.
Written November 22, 2020
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David Earley
Midhurst, UK3 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We arrived at afternoon opening time (14:00) to be told that we had to wait until 14:30 for a guided tour. The tour was in Portuguese with no English translation - we were not allowed to walk around unguided and there were no headphones. So we left
Written June 4, 2023
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Joao P
7 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Really bad experience. We arrived at 15:20. We were told that the tour would start at 16h, maybe a bit earlier. We returned at 15:50 and the tour was alteady gone. We had to wait for the next turn. I asked for the complains book, which was provided but not the pen due to covid.
Lousy and unprofessional service.
Written August 22, 2020
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David O
11 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We were unable to make the English tour, so we tagged along on the Portuguese tour. It really didn't matter, as the well informed guide blew through the palace at a rapid pace. To his credit, he gave the English speaking tourists an abbreviated explanation. It's a very impressive site, and if you are in Vila Vicosa, it's a must see.
Written September 14, 2016
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Rosemary P
Sydney, Australia206 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
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 is a little extra but there are about 80 coaches from the middle ages through to the early 1900s including a wonderful open air carriage for hunting, with seating for 8 and space for 8 horses to carry the king and his friends out for the day. The kitchen in the main palace is a wonderful world of enormous mortar and pestle with huge copper pans for cooking extremely large meals. The bedrooms are fascinating with the Queen's room having two alcoves for the cradles of the two young princes. A worthwhile tour.
Written June 23, 2016
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Natalia T
Silves, Portugal94 contributions
Jun 2017 • Business
When you are in Vila Vicosa, the Paco Ducal palace is an absolute must to visit. It is situated next door to the Pousada Convento where we were staying. The palace itself is a vast, magnificent building, but the enormous range of treasures it houses are the most fascinating. The entrance fee is only 6€ per person , but, here I must caution you to take note that tours are guided only and scheduled according to language - don’t turn up and expect to walk around freely, and to enjoy it fully, you must check when the guided tours are programmed with your chosen language – otherwise you will have to tag along with a tour where the guide speaks a different language.

The guided tour visits several rooms of the palace, introducing the last royal dynasty of Portugal, and detailing several stories of the last Portuguese kings and royal families. Of particular interest was the fact that Catherine, the wife of the British Stuart king, Charles II, came from here.

The many rooms have the original windows, and their treasures are well preserved. Outside, you can see both the original and the present day gardens. Also on display are the superb “coches” (carriages) housed in the stables, and also the Armaria, hosting more than 200 pieces, which are displayed in the basement of the palace. On exiting, you must stop to appreciate the "porta dos nos" (Knot doorway), a traditional symbol of this type of monument.
Written June 26, 2017
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nesjoh
Ferragudo60 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
This palace was interesting, but I had to imagine what the guide was saying in Portuguese, since I don't speak Portuguese. Since found out that there is s English speaking tour at 1100hrs Wed, Thurs and Friday. No good to us I'm afraid. Looks good tho!
Written July 7, 2015
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travelfromportugal
Lisbon, Portugal125 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
The palace is worth a visit. Not as rich as other palaces elsewhere, but tells the story of the last dynasty of portuguese kings.
Written September 29, 2017
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