National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park

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  • 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

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

  • Like many other visitors commented, this place is unique and full of photo opportunities. Especially on a fine sunny day, the color contrast between blue sky and red/yellow/purple walls is striking. We enjoyed the castle, but we really enjoyed the outside of the castle. After visiting the castle, try strolling around the park via a mild downhill path from the castle to "the Valley of Lake" entrance, instead of going back to the main entrance. The path is refreshing and has some cool corners worth a few more photo shots along with it. And it's easier to catch a bus or other transportation at this side of entrance than at the main entrance.

  • This is really a wonderful and fairy tale-like castle. Unlike common castle one can find in Europe, Palace of Pena is so colorful that it is kind of unreal. If you are willing to spend an hour or more to climb up to the mountain to the south of the park, Cruz Alta to be precise, you can see the whole castle from a distance. That view is unforgettable. Truly breathtaking! Totally recommended!

  • There was long line up for tickets and getting inside the palace when we were there. A very slow process to see the inside due to the crowd and line up. Overall I’m not super sure if it was worth the wait. The village has a great vibe though... don’t miss taking a walk in sintra village.

  • Beautiful palace with a great view. Rooms are very small and not easy to move around in. Has some great history behind it too. There is a gift shop and a restaurant as you exit. There are a lot of items in the gift shop to choose from. Didn't eat at the restaurant but I've heard it is good. Worth the visit

  • Lovely looking place. Beautiful park with castle on top of it. Great view. You can enjoy walking through the forest or just admire to the castle. Very interesting and must see if you find yourself in the area.

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