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Review of Sintra National Palace

Sintra National Palace
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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.
Agde, France
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“Some astounding rooms but pricey”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

We followed advice to visit a few of the lesser known palaces in the morning (Regaleira and Monserrate - both unbelievably amazing) and landed back in Sintra for a late lunch, after which we visited the Palacio Nacional. It took a long time to get in, not because the queue was long, but because there was only one ticket seller, and we were behind a) a large group of American teenagers who couldn't decide if they wanted to save themselves one euro each by buying a joint ticket with another attraction, and b) a tour guide came up just as we got to the counter, and bought 20-odd tickets - apparently tour guides are allowed to skip the queue. So what with that and the rather extortionate price (€9.50, more than most of the far more interesting palaces) I wasn't in a very positive frame of mind. My mood darkened further when I discovered we were stuck behind two guided tours, one babbling away in Italian and one trying to out-do her in Chinese. The volume as they competed with one another to yell at their respective audiences was awful (even though they were all using microphone/earpiece headsets, so no need to yell at all), and risked ruining the visit for us, so we waited for them to move on and sat in the little courtyard for ten minutes to let them clear. After that the visit was much more enjoyable, and there were some interesting rooms, especially the painted ceilings (think folk art more than ornate Michelangelo stuff). Overall it was quite interesting, but I still didn't feel it was worth the money in comparison to the palaces. If you're in Sintra at a loose end, it is worth visiting, but if you have more time I'd recommend going out of town to the palaces instead.

Visited August 2014
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“Exterior belies a fascinating interior”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014

We visited after the queues had subsided around 11am and took about 2 hours touring this fascinating building. The rooms have wonderful murals and ceilings although there is very little furniture due to it's history.
Very much worth the visit and I thought more reasonably priced than other local palaces.

Visited August 2014
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Sintra is lovely!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

The town of Sintra itself has a lot to offer visitors, like lots of restaurants, gift shops, amazing history, and picturesque walks and flower gardens, but the National Palace is a gem of architecture, tile work, gardens, art, and wonderful stories. Easy to get around in, lots of rooms to view, descriptive tour maps, and it's well worth an hour or two's visit. The gift shop has some very nice items, too.

Even better--make it a longer trip and visit the nearby Castelo dos Mouros, a 10-minute drive up a mountain--and view the whole area from the top of a Moorish castle. The views are absolutely stunning. The Castelo dos Mouros trip, however, is not for anyone worried about having to manage a lot of stairs...it is a hike from the parking lot, and the views from the fortress walls require a lot of stair-climbing. But it is truly beautiful, and if you are in decent shape, well worth the exercise!

Visited July 2014
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Moscow, Russia
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“Unexpectedly genuine and interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed our self run excursion - original distinctive ceilings, interesting kitchen - it does not take much time to go through the palace - certainly less than an hour, but it is really worth it

Visited July 2014
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

it is one of the most amazing places iäve ever seen. any time of day. any weather. clouds floating near you - so beautiful. very nice place for everyone. The park is wonderful and mystic.

Visited July 2014
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