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Pena National Palace, Sintra – a memorable tour

The palace is located at the top of the Sintra mountain, where the green area around it shines with its colors. It represents one of the main expressions of architectural romanticism throughout the world in the 19th century and is also one of the first palaces to be built in Europe in this style.

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{fa-map-marker } Where it is located

The Pena National Palace is located near the Moorish Castle. Access is possible by public transport or by a marked trail from the historic centre, which passes through the Mourish Castle, later allowing access to the surrounding park.

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{fa-map-marker } The palace and the park

Both the palace and the surrounding park are breathtaking. The palace, due to its bright colors, awakens emotions and when combined with the fog, very characteristic of the microclimate of the Sintra, it raises the imagination even more and makes visitors lose themselves in its charms. The garden, with is dense vegetation makes the eyes get lost and discover an aspect with every step we take.

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Palácio Pena - janela

 

The palace was built on the ruins of an old monastery by D. Fernando II appealing to the medieval imagination, with watchtowers, an access tunnel and even a drawbridge. It was also the summer residence of several monarchs and it was in the Pena Palace that Queen D. Amélia received the news of the Proclamation of the Republic, on October 5, 1910, from which she left to embark to Gibraltar.

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The interior of the palace can be visited and is furnished in such a way that the visitor can travel back in time.

As for the garden, it has 200 hectares and constitutes the so-called Pena Park. It has several routes where there are several buildings, such as lakes, caves, bridges, fountains and a great biodiversity of plants and trees.

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Lago e vegetação

For those who are near the Moorish Castle, there is a direct entrance to the Pena Park, as the garden reaches the castle.

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{fa-map-marker } From Sintra to the Moorish Castle

From the historic centre of Sintra, you can access the Moorish Castle and also the Pena National Palace through signposted trails. The trails take hikers through the forest, the small watercourses and some gardens and old villages. The degree of difficulty of the courses is not very high.

vista castelo para centroView from the Castle to the historic centre of Sintra

{fa-map-marker } Pedestrian Walk of Vila Sassetti

Along this route, you will cross a surprising building inspired by the castles of Lombardy and where you can admire its gardens and a water line that feeds the small waterfalls and ponds.

The hiking trail starts in the gardens of Vila Sassetti and passes through the main building. Outside the property you will pass by an emblematic place for climbing lovers, and by the Loureiros Forest characteristic of the place. The route ends at Tapada dos Bichos where you can choose between accessing the Castelo Moorish Castle or the Park and National Palace of Pena.

The course is 1900m long and has moderate difficulty.

Vila Sassetti ao Castelo dos Mouros

 

{fa-map-marker } Pedestrian Walk of Santa Maria

This walking trail runs along the hillside facing the historic centre of Sintra and offers beautiful panoramic views. The route is mainly taken on an irregular path and in forest areas with some steep slopes. The degree of difficulty is considered easy and has a dimension of 1770 meters.

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The access route to the castle


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{fa-map-marker } When visit?

The Pena National Palace is one of the most visited monuments in the village of Sintra. so, if you prefer a visit with shorter lines, the best time will be between autumn and spring. In fact, if you live in Portugal, it won’t be difficult to find a weekend with good weather for a walk around Sintra, the palace gardens and the palace itself. However, you should pay attention to the microclimate of the Sintra Mountains, where the nova is constant in many months of the year.

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{fa-map-marker } Price and how to get there?

The price of Pena National Palace and the Park can be consulted here. You can also purchase online right away. There is the possibility of joining several monuments in just one ticket and this way the total value will be cheaper.

Access to the palace can be made by the pedestrian routes already mentioned, by bus (Sctotturb) from the centre of the town of Sintra. The car access is conditioned.

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View from Moorish Castle

 

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