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Visiting Pena Palace Sintra

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Pena Palace, perched atop a hill at around 480m amidst the Sintra mountain range, is one of the world heritage monuments declared by UNESCO. Pena Palace stands as one of the truest expressions of the 19th century Romanticist Art Movement in Portugal. The bold hues of the exterior combined with the flamboyance of the architectural elements in the interiors make Pena Palace one of the most strikingly beautiful buildings in the country. Pena Palace is described as one of the seven wonders in Portugal. Most of the rooms in the Palace retain their original look from 19th Century post-restoration and many of the fittings showcased in the Palace are original.

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The visually stunning Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal mesmerizes you with its grandeur and architectural brilliance

The visually stunning Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal mesmerizes you with its grandeur and architectural brilliance

Structure and History

Structure and History

The Palace is made up of two important wings, one with the old Monastery of our Lady Penna from the 15th Century and the other with the new Palace built by King Ferdinand II in the 19th Century. The monastery was destroyed badly by an earthquake in 1755 with only the Chapel within surviving the natural disaster. King Ferdinand II acquired the Monastery and the surrounding areas and set about restoring the Monastery. Under his leadership, an extension to the existing wing was added in the form of a new palace. King Ferdinand is said to have influenced the re-building / refurbishing of the Palace with respect to its design and inclusion of various elements that are inspired by a mélange of architectural styles. King Ferdinand is also said to have commissioned planting of the lush garden park surrounding the palace, inspired by the romanticism ideology.

Park of Pena

Park of Pena

The Pena Park is one of the most beautiful parts of the complex, surrounding the palace over a vast area of 200 hectares. The Park that was commissioned by King Ferdinand II and was planted under the guidance of the German architects, Baron von Kessler and Baron von Eshwege. A strong influence of romanticism is evident in the Park Layout and the elements within. The Park comprises of a host of diverse vegetation brought from distant places. The Queen Fern’s Garden is mainly composed of fern trees that belong to Australia and New Zealand. You can get a wondering glimpse of trees in the Park, originally from remote lands like North America, China, Japan and such other parts around the world. The park is home to various pavilions, natural trails, ornate stone benches and several other points of interest.

Chalet of Countess Eda

Chalet of Countess Eda

One of the interesting structures seen on the western plank of the palace is the Chalet of Countess Eda, which is also known as the House of Indulgence! This was built by King Ferdinand II as a Summer Residence for the royal family. The Chalet consists of two stories and has a great visual appeal like the rest of the Pena Palace. The Chalet belongs to the network of royal residences in Europe and has been declared as a national monument.

The Apartment of King Carlos

The Apartment of King Carlos

Used a Tea Room by King Ferdinand II, this room was later converted into a Study Room for King Carlos. The wall-size canvas of nymph and satyrs painted by King Carlos, the furnishings used by the King, the original works of art from King Ferdinand have been exhibited in this room.

Pena Palace Sintra Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

The tickets for entry into the Park and Palace terraces can be bought at the venue. Tickets for entry into the park and palace terraces without staterooms are cheaper.

How To Get Around?

The palace can be explored by walk. The visitors can explore the exterior of the Palace and the vast Park of Pena. Visitors can also buy tickets to explore the interiors of the Palace and enjoy the wide array of points of interest such as the Chapel, the Noble Room, the opulent Dining Room, the furniture collection, the collection of paintings and many more.

What Should I Wear?

Pena Palace Sintra Facts

Best Time to Visit

The palace is open all year-round excepting on Christmas Day and new year’s day. Best time to visit Pena Palace is during summers, between March to October.


The official currency of Portugal is Euro.

Will I Need a Guide?

How To Get There?

The Best mode of travel to the Palace is by Bus. Route No. 34 is especially for tourists and you can catch the bus from the Train station with a 15 minutes frequency and from the City Centre at the National Palace. Pena Palace is located 1.5 kms from the train station and 4 kms from Sintra National Palace. You can access Sintra from Lisbon by train, bus, car or private tours.

Additional Info

Beware of the fact that finding parking space around the Pena palace could be tricky if you are driving on your own. The Sintra town is flocked by tourists during summers and you can expect long lines and waits to visit the attraction. Try to reach the attraction early in the day to avoid the heavy crowds. The Pena Palace offers a lot of points of interest to see and you will need to aside at least half a day for this palace visit.

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