National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park, Sintra

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Address: Estrada Da Pena, Sintra, Portugal

Phone: +35121-9237300

Ticket Price: 14 EUR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 08:00 pm Details

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About National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park, Sintra

Built in Romanticist tradition, the National Palace of Pena stands on a hill above the town of Sintra. During the medieval period, a small chapel was built on top of the hill after a supposed apparition of the Virgin Mary on the site. In the 15th century, the chapel was much revered by King John II and his successors. The structure experienced considerable damage due to lightning and a massive earthquake in mid-18th century. Within a few decades the Royal Family of Portugal acquired the chapel, monastery and surrounding land and began developing it as their summer residence. The palace changed hands within the Royal Family until 1889 when it was requisitioned by the Portuguese State. Today, the palace’s Islamic and Medieval architecture, its panoramic views and its history attracts tourists from all over the world.

The Pena Park is a large forest area surrounds the Palace and is spread over almost 500 acres of land. The Park too was commissioned by the Royal Family and contains an impressive variety of trees from all over the world.

Join ‘An Adventure in the Palace of Pena’ and unravel mysteries about the Castle with your team.

The stained glass work at the Pena Palace contains pieces from Venice, Norway, and Central Europe. Each piece in the collection depicts unique motifs and has been restored painstakingly to its original beauty.

Take a horse ride across the beautiful trails of the Park. Visitors can choose from short half an hour rides to longer 6 hour rides. You can customize your ride by adding a picnic lunch. The children can ride tamed ponies assisted by a professional guide.

On a clear sunny day, it is easily visible from Lisbon. Guided tours are available on weekends, and other special occasions around the year.

National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park Information

  • The National Palace of Pena can be reached by taking Scotturb bus no. 434 from the Sintra Train Station to Pena Circuit.
  • If you wish to walk, there are footpaths between Sintra and the Palace that can be found at Percurso de Santa Maria, Percurso de Lapa, and Percurso de Seteais. On an average, these walkways will take you 1 hour to reach the Palace.
  • Journey to the top is a physically demanding, steep trek.
  • The to and fro tram journey from Sintra town centre to the top with cost you € 2-3.
  • There is a cafe/ restaurant on the Palace rooftop.

National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park Ticket Prices


  • Ticket for adults (18 – 64 yrs) – 14 euros
  • Ticket for youths (6 – 17 yrs) – 12,50 euros
  • Ticket for seniors (over 65 yrs) – 12,50 euros


  • Ticket for adults (18 – 64 yrs) – 13 euros
  • Ticket for youths (6 – 17 yrs) – 11,50 euros
  • Ticket for seniors (over 65 yrs) – 11,50 euros


  • Ticket for adults (18 – 64 yrs) – 7,50 euros
  • Ticket for youths (6 – 17 yrs) – 6,50 euros
  • Ticket for seniors (over 65 yrs) – 6,50 euros


  • Ticket for adults (18 – 64 yrs) – 10,50 euros
  • Ticket for youths (6 – 17 yrs) – 9 euros
  • Ticket for seniors (over 65 yrs) – 9 euros

National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park Opening and Closing Hours

  • Park Timings: 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Palace Timings: 9:45 am - 7:00 pm
  • Happy hour (Palace+Park): 9:30am - 10:30pm
  • Terrace: 9:45 am - 7:30 pm
  • To avoid the crowds of tourists, try visiting the Palace before 10:00 am or after 03:00 pm.

How To reach National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Scotturb bus no. 434.

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National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park, Sintra Reviews

  • Definitely worth a visit. This palace has a strong fairy tale feel with it's colored towers and walls. It's beautifully situated in a nice park and the hike up to the palace provides great views. An affordable public bus (line 434) can be taken just outside of the local train station to get to the park and palace. There are facilities for those who are less able to walk up the steep slopes. Best to go off season as the place can seemingly get very crowded during peak. Bring some snacks as there isn't much to eat until back in the village. All in all well worth the time and money spent especially when combined with some other activities in the neighborhood.

  • Definitely worth going to if you have some money to spend, definitely will be money well spent. The views from here are just incredible and they is a lot of tourist exploration here. You have several buses or others ways to get here if you don't want to walk. But if you do want to talk here you will have to be prepared to walk all least 2km always going up the mountain which will definitely not be easy to. The staff is very helpful and they will help with you with any questions you have. This place is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Portugal and if you come to Sintra do not by any means forget to visit this place.

  • This is a nice place to see history. We bought tickets in tow. We drove to the location where we park the car and took a shuttle to the entrance of the castle. You can tour at your pace or in a organized tour. When inside you can view what life was about. The views over the country side are wonderful. Pace yourself there are many stairs , but it is a nice visit.

  • Skip the ticket queue: Ticket queue for the Pena Palace can be very long, but there is an alternative. Tickets can also be purchased from the Moorish Castle ticket office which often has a shorter queue and is about 5 minutes walk away. The Moorish Castle actually has two ticket offices, one located well inside the complex - you can walk a long way in without needing a ticket. The inner ticket office at the Moorish Castle typically has the shortest queue of all. If you're planning to visit both Pena Palace and Moorish Castle consider buying your tickets at the castle. If you buy them all together a small discount also applies. As to the palace itself - I found it terrifically crowded, to the point of unpleasantness. The interiors are nice but not spectacular, and unfortunately you have to queue pretty much all the way through. The location and exterior however are amazing, and the views fantastic.

  • Stunning palace and sprawling gardens around it. It is a bit of a hike to reach the Palace from the parking lot, yet it is well worth the effort as the 360 degree view from the top is breathtaking. The colourful walls and myriads of architectural details provide ample photo opportunities.

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