National Palace Of Pena And Pena ParkCurrently Open [Closes at 08:00 pm]
- Address: Estrada Da Pena, Sintra, Portugal
- Timings: 09:30 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: +35121-9237300
- Ticket Price: 14 EUR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Park, Landmark, Historical Site, Palace, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot
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.
- 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.
PALACE + PARK
- 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
HAPPY HOUR PALACE + PARK
- 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
TERRACE + PARK
- 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
- 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.
- By Bus: Scotturb bus no. 434.
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95% of people who visit Sintra include National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
51.46% of people start their National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park
91.86% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park
Very busy. One you are in the Palace itself it becomes a one way system and you are ushered at pace by the weight of those behind. Beautiful though. Stunning views. The gardens are well worth a walk. Take good footwear and a jumper!
So much history and scenery at this palace. The colours of the location are stunning. If you are staying in Lisbon or nearby I would definitely try to leave early in the morning as there are a few other places to visit by the palace. You also get a mountain top view of the countryside.
It's lovely and odd, vibrant colors, beautiful tiles. It's a tourist magnet though so either go very first thing in the morning (no joke, first bus, go directly there) or skip the hours long line that forms in no time and just buy a ticket for the park. It allows you to see part of the castle and walk the grounds. You'll still see the beautiful castle from outside, some of the inside, have great pictures but won't waste a day waiting in line
Beautiful place to visit. We could only visit the Palace because of our time restrictions. The other parts of the park is great as well. But the heavy fog hid all good views quickly. Long queue. Online booking is recommended. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Such a beautiful fairy tale palace. The colours are unique and the crowds are worth it. The palace is surrounded by Park lands which are full of shade, view points and interesting sculptures. It is set on the side of a hill so be prepared for a bit of walking uphill... We came at the end of September on a Monday and the crowds were in true force by midday. Come with a picnic and find a secluded spot (easy to find 50 metres from the palace) and soak it all in.