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“Like a fair tale”

Park and National Palace of Pena
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Sintra, Pena Palace and Cascais Half-Day Trip from Lisbon
Ranked #2 of 68 things to do in Sintra
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Eskisehir, Turkey
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“Like a fair tale”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

We went there on a foggy day. The view was amazing. The Castle; yellow towers and mist. We reached there by train from Lisbon to Sintra only for 5,5 € (roundtrip) in 45 minutes. After that we took the Bus (5€ - roundtrip) to Pena Palace in 20 minutes. The road has a lot of bends so watching bus driver's skills was very intereseting. At last we spent 11€ per palace and gardens and 2€ for transport to palace (roundtrip). The palace was creepy for me. After the last royal families escape; all the stuffs; furnitures remains same as that day. You could feel that there is still life there:) We had very plenty time so we couldn't visit the gardens. But it worth for an half day from Lisbon.

Visited November 2013
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“Nice stroll after Pena Palace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

There are various different options for you to hike to depending on what kind of walk you prefer. If you wanted abit of a uphill climb, you can climb to the top where the cross stands. That's the highest point of the park and you an obtain a great view from there. Just watch out for the mosquitoes despite the cooler temperatures when I went.

There's also the lake area which is home to several ducks. These are located on the lower grounds with their own exit gate where you can catch the local bus back to the station.

Depending on the available time, you can find a nice quiet spot to have a bite to eat (provided you brought your own food on the walk).

Entrance to the park is included with the entrance fee to Pena Palace.

Visited November 2013
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“Fascinating Architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

I did all the major tourist attractions in Sintra -- Quinta da Regaleira, Moorish Castle, etc. -- and the Palace of Pena was by far my favorite. I found both the external and internal architecture and furnishing so interesting and unique, especially compared to the royal palaces of other European nations, like England, France, and Spain. Portugal has its own special identity, and the blend of European, Moorish, and New World (Americas) influences yields a very unusual, very enchanting style of architecture and design. Definitely worth the money and a visit.

Visited November 2013
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

Pena Park (Castle) is a wonderful old Castle situated at the top of hill (mountian) in the old medival city of Sintra, Portugal, the day we visited was a raining day, it rained on and off, theirfore it was a dense foggy day. The fog surrounded the mountain tops where Pena is, from the ground you look up and see this dense fog, not knowing that you are about to travel up a narrow winding road to Pena and find yourself smack dab in the middle of this dense fog you just seen from the street below. You feel like you have traveled back in time with this old castle and the fog. Pena is a wonderful place to visit, the Castle is full of orginal items as you wonder through the many rooms, you see how they lived in their day. If you get a chance to visit Portugal make sure you put Sintra in your travel plans. Nice. One note: pay to ride the shuttle up once you arrive at the entrance, the 2 euros is worth it. the visit to Pena will cost you 15.50 euros plus 2 euros for the shuttle.

Visited October 2013
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“Very picturesque”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

The castle is composed of different era of construction as depicted by the different colours. It was very picturesque with great views. Note, you can only see the Castelo dos Mouros from one side.

If you get hungry, there is also a cafeteria there which sells food and drinks for a reasonable price together with a sit down table area.

If you start your day tour early from Lisbon and take the public bus (that loops from the station to town, then Costelo dos Mouros before Palacio Nacional da Pena and returning to town and then the train station) you'll have plenty of time to venture Pena park as well which is included in the entrance fee.

Word of warning, take it easy heading up to the entrance of Palaicio Nacional da Pena as it's a relatively steep climb. If the going gets tough, think of the beauty that is awaiting you and also it'll be a great walk back down to the bus. :)

Enjoy.

P.S. See my review of Costelo dos Mouros for comments about the weather.

Visited November 2013
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