The Palacio Nacional da Pena is one of the finest tourist attractions in Portugal and exemplifies the 19th century Romanticism style of architecture.
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  2. Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal
  3. +351219237300
  4. http://www.parquesdesintra.pt/parques...
  5. Working hours*:
    10:00 - 18:00
  6. Prices*:
    Palace and Park - €14.00/€12.50/€49.00 (adult/child (6-17)/family)
    Park - €7.50/€6.50/€26.00 (adult/child (6-17)/family)
  7. * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
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The palace is a hedonistic mix of vividly painted terraces, decorative battlements and mythological statues, all of which stand at stark contrast to the lush greens of the Parque de Pena forest.

The interior of the Pena Palace is equally as fascinating, being restored to reflect the decor in 1910, when the Portuguese nobility fled to Brazil to escape the revolution. Surrounding the Palacio da Pena are forested grounds, which continue the design ideals of Romanticism, with hidden pathways, mystical ornaments and stunning vistas.

The Palácio da Pena is one of the world’s most magnificent palaces, and this is why millions of tourists flock to Sintra each year. With the Pena Palace now being one of the most recognisable tourist attractions of Portugal, expect it to be incredibly busy during your visit, especially in the peak season.

We cannot stress enough to you how busy the palace can be during the peak season (Easter through to September). Always plan your visit as early (or late) in the day as possible, and always avoid 10:30-15:00, when the coach tours arrive. The palace has extended opening hours of 09:30 to 19:00 (with the last ticket sale 18:15).

The Palacio da Pena is at the top of a steep hill (480m) and it is a very demanding 50-minute uphill hike from the train station. Never plan to walk this route, and we recommend catching the 434-tourist bus (€6.90 adult return).

There is very limited and expensive food options at the palace, always have lunch in Sintra town centre.
Insider tip: The terraces and battlements can be visited using the cheaper grounds ticket, which does not include the staterooms
Annoyance: Inside the palace they are unnecessarily strict about no photos, if you stop for one second with you phone out expect a guard to instantly warn you to put it away.

Last Updated: 4 September, 2020