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“A grand Palace in Alentejo”
Review of Paco Ducal

Paco Ducal
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Vila Vicosa
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

This palace is huge and well stocked of old carpets, furniture and lovely decoration items from the portuguese kings.
Well worth the visit but you have to take the guided tour to fully understand the story behind it.
Avoid the summer months as you will melt with the heat.

Thank Polskiman
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

An amazing marble palace that belonged to the royal family of Portugal. A must see place when traveling in Alentejo and on your way to Spain border. It is very well preserved and has an amazing kitchen!!!

Thank Bruno G
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This was a most disappointing visit. Having looked forward to what was to be one of the highlights of our trip we discovered when they re-opened after a long lunch break that you could only visit in a conducted tour group. The next tour started in 30 minutes. The commentary is only given in Portuguese and no you cannot wander away from the conducted group.All this we were told in a very sullen manner in perfect English without a hint of apology. It is such a shame as the setting is magnificent in a large square with a superb statue of one of the Dukes of Braganza in the centre

1  Thank PeterReigate
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

This whole marble palace, which belong to the Bragança royal family for more than 400 years, 200 of them before they assumed the Portugal Monarchy. The visit is only on a guided basis, several times a day and it has some surprises. The curators tried to preserve the place so it has no artificial lighting, which means than you see what the natural light from open windows allows you. The rooms from the last monarchs (from the beginning of the 20th century) were kept exactly as they were left, which means no furniture brought from other castles, as you may expect in so many other palaces. It is really a jewel a little bit hidden from the main turistic path is Portugal.

3  Thank e1000lewing
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

This Palace is situated in a lovely large plaza together with D. João IV Pousada and The old religious seminary, with a large equestrian statue in the middle. The general architecture reflects the renaiscence style, with a stunning local blue and white marble facade. the initial construction began in the 16th century and housed one of the most important noble Portuguese family and became the Bragança dynasty. One curious note, was that the penultimate King Charles I and his son lefft from here to by murdered in Lisbon in 1910, making way to the republican revolution! nowadays the palace is managed and maintained by the Bragança Foundation. They organize 1 hour tours with explanation of the art works, paintings, furniture and general history of the hall and rooms. Despite the antiquity old the place, the main rooms and general places are decorated in 19/20th old fashion style. They are all in pristine state, excellent restoration works and maintenance has been that to leave everything like it was back then! A succession of marvellous hall, waiting rooms, dinning rooms, gambling/playing/dancing rooms, bedrooms, offices, all amazing!!! The tour end in the palace kitchen, a astonishing place (a collection of all sizes and shapes of shinning cooper pots, pans, caldrons), all lined up and literally covering the walls! Try to visit during the morning or early afternoon because the building hasn´t any electric light inside (to preserve exactly the epoch ambience!!!).

2  Thank Pedro M
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