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Sintra National Palace

Largo Rainha Dona Amelia, Sintra 2710-616, Portugal
+351 21 910 6840
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The National Palace of Sintra, located in the historic town centre, was inhabited for nearly eight centuries by the Portuguese monarchy and its court. It was much used, particularly during the Middle Ages, as a hunting retreat and as a refuge from outbreaks of disease in the capital, or as a summer resort, thanks to the town's more agreeable climate.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Largo Rainha Dona Amelia, Sintra 2710-616, Portugal
+351 21 910 6840
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Well, not as beautiful as the other castles I visited but still worth a visit. Or maybe I didn't like the fact that it was right in the middle of the Sintra City Centre.

Thank Jay_Oty
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

For those not very fit and would like to see one of the great palaces in Sintra, this will be the one to see. Very exquisite ceilings. Enjoyed the experience as not too crowded in winter, not sure what it will be like in summer....More

Thank F4466UUteresas
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth going to visit this Palace. So colorful and massive. The view is just excellent. The town is also charming with small shops and very good food.

Thank veronicaindonesia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This palace might not be as spectacular as Pena Palace, but it has interesting interiors (in particular the ceilings) and furniture. The Coat of the Arms Room is beautiful and worth a visit. It is relatively quiet, so you can quickly go through in 30...More

Thank M S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The palace itself is beautiful, not much to see inside but if you are there, might as well go for it. The outside of the palace is the most beautiful view, with the colors splashed all around. The park itself is just like any other...More

Thank Punit29
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little town and National Palace. we went December 2017 few days before Christmas and the Christmas market was setup right outside blasting Christmas music. Palace itself is not big but well thought out. we loved the ceramic rooms. The kitchen (which the two large...More

Thank Ayman L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located right in the center of Sintra, you can’t miss the National Palace. Even if the exterior sight isn’t typical for a palace, inside you’ll be doubtless. Travel back in time by visiting it, and don’t miss the kitchen room :) Entrance was 16€ for...More

Thank iFabiano
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You cannot miss this huge palace right in the centre of Sinatra. We paid extra to get the audio guide which I felt was well worth it. Very interesting history and architecture. Only downside is it does get busy, even in low season. Although entry...More

Thank Martin C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must see in Sintra is the Palace de Pena and surrounding gardens. Many cute shops and restaurants in town. Do not miss!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National Palace of Sintra is the only complete survivor of the medieval royal palace in Portugal. Most probably, it was built on the residence of the ancient Muslim Wallis and from the beginning of the Monarchy, the Portuguese monarchs here had a Palace. The...More

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2 October 2017|
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Response from Dianne R | Reviewed this property |
We visited this place in the afternoon, just walked up to the ticket desk and bought tickets. No queue there or anywhere. Very pleasant experience.
6 May 2017|
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Response from _elainehindson | Reviewed this property |
I agree with others that 1.5 hrs should be enough. We'd already done the Sintra National Palace, and the Moorish Castle before we got to the Pena Palace, so we wouldn't have had the stamina to stay longer. It's quite a walk... More
26 October 2016|
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Response from Rosemary P | Reviewed this property |
The Sintra National Palace with the two large white chimneys is open from 10 - 5.30 from Thursdays to Tuesdays. The much more interesting Pena National Palace, up the hill is open all days 9.45 to 7 pm. You need to check... More