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“A feast for the eyes” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sintra National Palace

Sintra National Palace
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Ranked #8 of 68 things to do in Sintra
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“A feast for the eyes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

I could never imagine travelling to Lisbon and not seeing Sintra, the town is quaint and detailed with winding roads and so much character.

We had limited time but knew a trip to Sintra was a must see. We got an early start from Rossio square station, bought a tickets at the office ( one way) and we were off, the ride was interesting as you get an inland view of Lisbon. When we arrived at Sintra, we hopped on the bus( buy ticket on board) and we were off. The road winds and curves and you get a newfound respect for your bus driver as he navigates through the small winding roads and climbs and climbs and climbs...

We got ff at Moorish castle which I recommend as it is a nice introduction to Pena Palace. You need to buy a ticket at the office where the bus stops. The Moorish castle was breathtaking and really looked like a postcard from the bottom to the top. The climb is not strenuous at all and it is easy to navigate in and around.

We climbed the hill to Pena Palace( no need to catch bus again) this palace was unbelievable, the colours, the architecture, the curves and materials used. It truly is something to behold. One can opt to take the tram but we walked easily and took in the fresh air.

Highly recommend a visit to Pena Palace

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“Very nice interiors”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

The town of Sintra itself is beautiful and while the palace outside doesn't really impress much, its really worth a visit. If possible , visit with a guide as there isn't much information inside, but just strolling from one room to the other is a great experience in itself. It's not the most beautiful palace in Sintra , but I highly recommend it as a starting point. It has a information desk where you can get maps and tickets for the other palaces, and they can explain you how to get there.

Visited November 2012
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“Worth a quick visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Although not the most beautiful of the palaces and castles in Sintra, it deserves a short visit even if it's just to check out the banquet room with hunting scenes on the walls, or the kitchen with its two massive chimney towers.

Visited November 2012
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Caloocan City
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“Best to be Visited with a Good Guide”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

We visited this palace as the main highlight of our Dianatours afternoon tour of Sintra. To be completely honest, after just seeing the Alhambra a couple of days ago, this palace was not really too impressive visually. However, the stories told by our guide made it worth our while. Like why the Swan Room or the Magpie Room were called that way. Or the legendary royals with mental disorders. The most remarkable place in the palace was actually the kitchen with its two chimney towers. We went through the entire palace in little less than an hour's time only.

Visited November 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

This palace is an amazing piece of history for the region. There was a lot to see, including interesting antique pieces, furniture and decor. Most amazing example of a medieval kitchen I've seen! Our children really enjoyed visiting this palace too. A must-see on your visit to Sintra!

Visited October 2012
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