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“Skip it - they call this boring place an attraction?”

Sintra National Palace
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Sintra Royal Palaces Day Trip from Lisbon: Queluz...
Ranked #16 of 77 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.
Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

After a day trip in Sintra with 2 palaces: this one and the Pena, Sintra is the firsr place I don't like in my trip in Europe.

This is my most wasted 9.5 €. And my time as well. These guys in Sintra dont know how to make or run a museum. You get in and try to understand what you are looking at, what room between what and what.

When I was waiting in the queue, a woman at the end asked if she should wait (if she reads these lines, she will know who I am 14pm 18/8/2014). I told her that I was in the queue for more than 40 mins, and the tour around the palace itself takes an hour. She thanked me and skipped it. Lucky for her, and how could I be so wrong. 20 minutes for a boring place, where the walls are dirty and not in a good illumination state for displaying. The smell of a decaying palace is everywhere. I dont know how much of tourisy ticket is going to the maintenace/running of this palace. For example why only one ticket booth serving despite the 300m long queue? You waste at least 45 minutes waiting in the line.

Mediocre, boring at its best. Skip this one.

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Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

This Palace has many large rooms with interesting decor. The kitchen is very unusual. Easy to move around even in tourist season

Thank Faye S
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Reviewed August 17, 2014

Is you stay in Lisbon, a ride with the train to Sintra is the best way to visit the palace. From the station it is a 10 minutes walk to the royal palace. Inside you learn a lot of the Royal history of Portugal.

Thank Paul d
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Reviewed August 16, 2014

There are nicer royal palaces but the whole package of sintra attractions and its location make it an attractive site to visit. Richness and gold and sparkling chandeliers are not found here as it is quite moderate palace relays more on architecture and on being as a refuge from summer heat in sea level in Lisbon. Pena palace and its natural sourroundings might be an alternative to the museum/national palace.

Thank mendi62
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Reviewed August 16, 2014

Sintra palace is wonderfully situated in the clouds with lovely views across the city. The walk up an incredibly steep hill takes about 15 minutes however there is a bus which costs 3 euros. Although there is signage for disabled visitors, there is very little information regarding the suitability of the palace for the elderly or for those with limited mobility. Due to this we were only able to manage the terraces as there was a lift up to these. The availability of a wheelchair for people who are unable to walk up to the main entrance would be of great benefit. The palace was extremely busy and so we were rushed through. Having said that it was an interesting place to visit, albeit a bit pricey to get in. Like most attractions the cafes cost a bit more but this place was quite unreasonable, the cappuccino was charged for a full full cup but there it was the size of an espresso. This is a lovely place to visit along with it's gardens but it could be made a more enjoyable experience for all if there was more facilities or even information for those with limited mobility as you could then chose what areas are suitable for your party size.

Thank Purplefemur
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