First - it is a huge hike to this site from town. We had a car and felt lucky as we climbed the switchbacks and hills to reach the entrance to the Palace. What was touted as a 45 minitue walk was a serious hike - and although I could have managed it - I was happy we didn't. The other advice was pay the 2E to take the tram from the entrance to the palace. Again - so worth it. Sintra is a big walking town and just that little break made a huge difference and was money WELL spent.
The Palace is really beautiful. Great sights, great views, great archuitectural details, easy self guided walk through the rooms giving a slight insight to the Royals that summered here on the breezy slopes of Sintra. I really enjoyed this visit - a must see, along with it's sister the adjacent Moorish castle (more of a fortress now)
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