National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park, Sintra
National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park, Sintra - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Estrada Da Pena, Sintra, Portugal
Ticket Price: 14 EUR
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
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
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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In short, it's a fairytale like palace! A MUST see for tourists.It's on the top of the mountain. So, be ready for walk or you can also get a tourist bus( 3€/person)to reach the palace.A walk in the park is also worthy for it's natural beauty.If you are a tourist then you have to pay 11.50€ to visit both the park and the place. They also have other facilities to help tourists enjoy the park like, horse / pony rides for which you have to pay. Interior of the Palace is also very beautiful. For me it's a 5 stars!
One of the most impressive palaces that I have ever seen, from the outside. So much fun to explore. There are a 100 little niches to duck into for amazing photos. Stunning exterior. Interior gets a 4.5...very nice, but not a 5. Tiled courtyard is phenomenal. I counted over 30 different tile patterns there alone. Be sure to see the 3D raised tiles in relief that are in the passageway from the front to the inner courtyard. Two styles there. The one with the shields has a different "face"/shield painted on it. Incredible palace. Be prepared to hike, as it is 15 uphill from the entrance. Do the castle first, then walk downhill to see the grounds and gardens.
Truly amazing place! You may choose to visit the park surrounding the palace only or to have access to the palace too. The park is huge! With a lot of remarkable places to visit. Be prepared to walk a lot and for a long time (hours!). If you have babies, elders or people with disabilities it may be a hard journey. The palace and simply astonishing. You will need a ride or a car to get to park and palace.
Stupendously beautiful and not to be missed if you find yourself to Lisbon. The downside is that there are swarms of people and hard sunlight in-season, and in the chaos, you might be dissuaded from seeing everything. However, just to see part of it is something you will never forget. These castles have been here since the Middle Ages, and meant by King Ferdinand, to be a summer-only residence for the Portuguese royals. Much pleasantness continues today, but I for one am in love with Portuguese building tile. Adventure types can ride a horse, a bike or just hike all day.
The palace and the surrounding park is absolutely magnificent! The tickets to see inside the palace were a little pricey, luckily children under the age of 12 are free and if paying for a family ticket they even reduce the cost of entry.. staff were amazing and due to having a baby in tow we were ushered in quicker than most people.. the palace was stunning both outside and within, however the interior may not be for everyone.. I absolutely love the tiles and ceilings.. I am aware that the palace itself is only 19th century but before the construction there was an existing medieval monastery which was left in ruins after the Lisbon earthquake..