Pena Palace, one of the most romantic castles in the world, is nestled in Southern Portugal, on top of São Pedro de Penaferrim of Sintra.
The architecture, hues, and design of the Palace are truly magical, and when you’re in Sintra, you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the magic.
The National Palace of Pena is so unique that UNESCO classified the Palace and its landscape as a World Heritage Site in 1995.
Table of contents
- What to expect at Pena Palace
- How to reach Pena Palace
- Opening hours
- How long does National Palace of Pena take
- Best time to visit Pena Palace
- Pena Palace tickets
- Must see highlights of Pena Palace
What to expect at Pena Palace
Around two million tourists visit Pena Palace in Sintra annually to witness its glorious history, art, architecture, and culture.
How to reach Pena Palace
Pena Palace is in São Pedro de Penaferrim, in the municipality of Sintra, on the Portuguese Riviera.
Address: Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal. Get Directions
Palacio da Pena is the closest bus stop, only 500 meters (one-third of a mile) from the Palace.
Sintra is the closest train station, located 3 km (almost two miles) from the palace.
You can walk the rest of the distance to the attraction in five minutes.
If you want an exotic experience, board a tuk-tuk from any bus or train station to Pena National Palace.
If you’re traveling by car, turn on your google maps and get started!
There is sufficient parking space near the palace to park your car.
The Pena Palace is open from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, while the Pena Palace Park runs from 9 am to 7 pm.
It is open for visitors daily, so whether it is the weekend or weekday, you can visit with your friends and family and explore the heritage of Lisbon.
The last entry is an hour before closure.
How long does National Palace of Pena take
Since Pena Palace is huge and spread over a vast area, tourists need at least two hours to explore it fully.
The garden and lawn of the Palace are so beautiful that visitors spend most of their time outside.
If you’re a history buff and love to spend time at heritage sites, you can surely devote more time to walking through the Pena National Palace and enjoying its royalty.
Best time to visit Pena Palace
The best time to visit the Park and National Palace of Pena is as soon as it opens at 9.30 am.
With the crowd yet to enter, you can easily get a parking spot and explore the Palace more peacefully.
On weekends, the Palace gets crowded and busy, so either you plan your visit on weekdays or get early to the Palace on the weekend.
Pena Palace tickets
There are two ways to purchase Park and National Palace of Pena tickets- you can buy the tickets at the attraction or book them online in advance.
We recommend you buy Pena Palace Sintra tickets online, as it will save time, money, and energy.
If you buy tickets at the attraction, be prepared to stand in queues, and wait for your turn.
Pena Palace tickets are timed, and you get your preferred time slot when you buy them in advance.
It helps to avoid last-minute disappointment.
How online ticket works
Immediately after you purchase your Pena Palace admission, the ticket gets emailed to you.
You can show the e-ticket on your phone at the entry gate on the day of your visit.
No need to take printouts.
Pena National Palace ticket includes entry to –
- Pena Palace
- The Park
- Chalet of the Countess of Edla
Even though visitors five years and below don’t need to pay to enter, you must select a free ticket on the booking page for them.
Adult ticket (6+ years): € 14
Infant ticket (up to 5 years): Free
Must see highlights of Pena Palace
Eight aspects of the Sintra Palace stand out, and we recommend you spend time exploring and understanding them.
National Palace of Pena is a blend of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, New-Romanesque, and Oriental styles such as Neo-Moorish and Indo-Gothic.
The unification of different architectural styles makes the palace unique.
The Pena Park
Pena Park is the most different and significant part of the Palace and is spread over 200 hectares of land.
The park has many walking paths, secret paths, pavilions, lakes, ponds, and exotic trees like:
- Sequoias from America
- Gingkos from China
- Cryptomeria from Japan
- Ferns from Australia
- Succulents from Africa
- Ferns and tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand.
The dining room oak furniture is so royal and gorgeous that you’d feel like having dinner at the table.
It contains a 16th-century vaulted ceiling with Manueline-style ribbing.
Chamber of King Carlos
Visit the chamber of King Carlos located on the lower floor of the Manueline cloister, which served as the leisure and workspace of the king.
The fabric painting on walls by King Carlos depicts nymphs and fawns in the Park of Pena.
The Palaces terraces are the jewel in the crown that gives you a fantastic view of the Sintra.
The Queen’s terrace, directly accessed from Queen Amélia’s private chambers, is the showstopper.
Keep an eye out for sundial and solar quadrant at the Queen’s terrace that distinguishes the Queen terrace from that of other terraces in the Palace.
Visit the open-air cloister, where once the monks lived.
The cloister has ancient Azulejo tiles embedded on the walls and blue-white marbles that elevate the beauty of the space.
The chapel of Our Lady of Pena looks as new as it was built in the 16th century.
The chapel retains its gothic vaulted ceilings and azulejo tiles on the walls.
Bedroom of Ferdinand II
Step into the bedroom of Ferdinand II and taste the exoticism inspired by the Islamic heritage in Portuguese culture.
The decoration in painted plaster with a Neo-Mudéjar style, dating to 1882, and the work of Domingos Meira is worth looking at for hours.
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