Exploring Pena Palace – A Guide To Sintra’s Unmissable Tourist Sight

Exploring Pena Palace - A Guide To Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

 

If you are visiting Lisbon I would highly recommend a day trip tour of Sintra from Lisbon. This is where you will find the beautiful Pena Palace and many more beautiful tourist sights spread across  Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. Pena Palace is located at the top of the Monte da Pena, the palace was built on the site of an old monastery belonging to the Order of St. Jerome. It was the fruit of the imagination of Dom Fernando of Saxe Coburg-Gotha, who married the queen Dona Maria II in 1836. After falling in love with Sintra, he decided to buy the convent and the surrounding land to build a summer palace for the royal family.

 

Pena Palace was built in a mix of neo-Islamic and neo-Renaissance style and surrounded by beautiful and exotic tree species. The interior is a lot more understated than I thought it would be but beautifully detailed with intricately designed pieces throughout the palace, some of which can be attributed to one of the architects of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos in Belem Lisbon.

 

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How much time in Pena Palace

The palace is not that big so you don’t need an awful lot of time in Pena Palace. Especially if you are visiting Sintra from Lisbon on a day trip I would budget about 2 hours at Pena Palace.

 

Is Pena Palace worth visiting

It’s definitely worth visiting as it also marks the highlight of a trip to Sintra. It’s built on the highest point of the hill in the national park and can be seen from many parts of Sintra. Beautifully colour and a magnet for Instagramming photographers is models doing the most on these beautiful palace balconies. So, yes its definitely worth a trip. I would highly recommend visiting Pena Palace as your first stop which means that straight from Sintra station take the bus, taxi or tuk-tuk and head to the top to start with Pena Palace and then work your way down on foot to the other sights which I will be sharing more details on in coming posts.

 

 

Exploring Pena Palace - A Guide To Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

 

Pena Palace Entrance Fee

There are several ways to visit and explore Sintra. This can be via tours from Lisbon and other parts of Portugal. You can find Viator Tours or Get Your Guide Tours both of which offer a variety of tours most of which will have entrance fees for Pena Palace included. The entrance fee into the Pena Palace is €14.00/€12.50/€12.50/€49.00 (adult/child/senior/family), a cheaper ticket which provides access to the park and palace terraces (but not the state rooms) costs €7.50/€6.50/€6.50/€26.00 (adult/child/senior/family).  If you have a Lisboa Card like we did you get 10% of entrance tickets in addition to having free entry to many of Lisbon’s many tourist sights.

 

Pena Palace opening hours

The Pena Palace is open from 09:30am during the summer (10am in winter months). We set from Lisbon really early and arrived at least 20 minutes before opening time. I would highly recommend you arrive as early in the day as possible. It is best to start your exploring with Pena Palace as it sits on the highest point of the national park. Starting with Pena Palace on your Sintra itinerary means that you can also avoid the mad rush of busloads of tourists that arrive around lunchtime and around 3pm. Also if you arrive before the opening time you can avoid the massive queues at the ticket office. It’s sometimes useful to buy your tickets online before coming, especially if you want to avoid the lines and save time.

 

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

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Pena National Palace Interior

Below are some of the shots of Pena National Palace’s Interior.

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Exploring Pena Palace - A Guide To Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

 

Pena Palace Cafe and Facilities Available

There is a small restaurant in one of the wings of the palace, with a terrace that offers panoramic views over the Serra de Sintra and the coast. For a popular sight like Pena Palace, it is rather basic though so dont expect anything fancy.

 

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

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Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

 

How to get to Pena Palace from Lisbon

 

From Lisbon To Sintra By Train: The trains leave from Rossio train station which is right in the heart of Baixa district. There is a ticket office but you can also buy from machines if the station is busy. From Rossio station there are two train services; one to “Sintra” and one to “Mira Sintra – Meleças”, you need to take the service to Sintra;  A single from Lisbon to Sintra costs €2.25/€1.15 (adult/child) and a return ticket costs €4.50.

 

From Sintra Station To Pena Palace:  Pena Palace is located on the highest point of the Serra da Sintra and it is a very tough uphill hike from the historic centre of Sintra. I would highly recommend taking a taxi, a tuk-tuk or even that 434 bus outside the station that connects the train station, the town of Sintra and the Pena Palace.

 

Exploring Pena Palace - A Guide To Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

 

Can you drive to Pena Palace?

Yes, but bear in mind that there is very little car parking around the Pena Palace and Sintra can be swamped in traffic during the summer season. The route from Lisbon to Sintra follows the IC19 highway which is west out of Lisbon. While researching the best way to get to Sintra, in the end, we decided to take the train. Once we got to Sintra I was so glad we took the train as parking in Sintra is scarce and the road can get very busy in rush hours as people commute in and out of Lisbon. The roads in Sintra are very narrow, especially the roads which climb the hill to the Pena Palace. Bear in mind that Pena Palace only has about 20 car spaces also not sure of parking time limits as you explore other tourist sights. From Pena Palace to Quinta da Regaleira, its a short walk down hill but bear in mind that there is not parking along the way and no room to park along the road as the roads are narrow and only enough room for traffic to move. Not to mention the roads have double yellow lines.

Can you park at Pena Palace?

There is very little car parking around the Pena Palace and Sintra with summer being swamped with traffic. I would seriously recommend you do not bring a car here or even attempt to drive here during peak periods of Summer months. There are only two car parks in the historic centre, one car park outside the Pena National Palace with only20 spaces and one near the Museu Anjos Teixeira with 30 spaces and another near the Pena-Moorish castle with only 20 spaces. I have also read there is another bigger cark park near the residential side of Sintra close to the terminus of the N249 but it still means you need to take the bus up and find your way to the Pena Palace. The simplest option to just use the train.

 

Exploring Pena Palace - Sintra's Unmissable Tourist Sight

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1 Comment

  1. September 3, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    The palace is amazing (both inside and out) and equally beautiful is the setting. I guess one can see for miles from the many viewing points!

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