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“Worth the long road!”

Park and National Palace of Pena
Ranked #2 of 55 things to do in Sintra
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you liked the Park Guell in Barcelona, you'll also love the Palacio de Pena in Sintra.
It's an unusual building, which appears as if made out assembling different pieces of different times and styles.
The view and colours from its towers and terrasses are simply amazing.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

25 years ago I did the Palace interior tour - fascinating old furniture and furnishings. This time round, the sun beckoned outside so it was, walk to the soldier statue, then the cross overlooking Estoril, where we sat with swallowtail butterflies dancing around us, then back via the carp lakes. Despite the hurricane bringing down many trees last winter, the park is open and workers are doing a great job in clearing massive, ancient fallen trees out of the way.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

When I last visited 25 years ago, I paid to have the interior tour and see all the furnishings and furniture. This time, 2013, the sunny weather was just too inviting for me to want to spend time indoors but we visited the cafe (on 1st floor) for ice creams, and then set off around the forest walks of the palace park, out to the statue of the soldier, and then onto the cross high up, overlooking Estoril. Swallowtail butterflies danced around us high on that promontory. We circled back via the lakes, full of coloured carp. Much of the park is undergoing forestry work due to a hurricane bringing many trees down last winter, but the park officials are keeping the park as open as possible throughout - we found very little to be closed-off.

Thank Sue F
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We planed to spend one day in Sintra. If we knew how much there is to see we would probably stay one one more. We buy transport card In Lisbon for 12,5 € each (includes train ticket to and from Sintra and bus ticket in the city). Getting to the palace by bus is fast but crazy. We went all the way to Palace of Pena since i had no trust in the schedule. Bus was passing some stops and not picking ppl waiting. We just assumed that in worst scenario it will be easier to go down hill then up. We were told that Pena itself will take whole day to see. Probably if you want to enjoy the park surrounding it. We were desperate to at least try to see more. We purchased combine card for Pena and Moorse castle. There is a little transport to the palace from the enter but the ticket costs 2€ and can't be purchased from the driver. We went all the way up and guess what: it took us mb 5 minutes of a pleasant walk :) Palace itself takes about two hours to see and it's worth seeing. Every room is kept in the original way with furnitures and the informations are good too. After seeing palace, little bit sad that we have no time for seeing more of the park we went to our next destination: Moorish Castle.

Expensive attraction for people with strong legs or at least comfortable shoes :)

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

You must go around and get lost in the woods. Simply go offtrack and the walk comes much more enjoyable (use the little walking paths used by the gardeners). There are tons of things to discover, so take your time.

Top tips: 1. You can refill water at some fountains, the workers of the place were doing so, so it is safe to drink
2. Walk to the highest point where is the cross (top left on the map), and enjoy the view of the palace and all the region

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