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Sintra National Palace

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Address: Largo Rainha Dona Amelia, Sintra 2710-616, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 21 910 6840
09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The National Palace of Sintra, located in the historic town centre, was...

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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Sintra, Lisbon

The view from the top was beautiful. There are 2 sections to the Castle - Old and New. Time is always against you when your on a tour. Would have liked to have seen the... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The view from the top was beautiful. There are 2 sections to the Castle - Old and New. Time is always against you when your on a tour. Would have liked to have seen the surrounding grounds but time didn't permit. A bit of walking involved.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Expecting another pompous regal residence it was a wonderful surprise to discover this lovely home full of charm - allow 30 minutes to enjoy the perfectly restored interior, extraordinary kitchen with the two vast chimneys clubbing to the sky & giving the Palace it's Moorish appearance. Small charming terraced gardens.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The National Palace is in the heart of Sintra and with its conical towers you can hardly miss it as it stands out from miles around. When we visited in February there were few tourists but I would guess, as with Sintra's other sites, it probably gets unbearably crowded in the summer. The interior of the Palace really is a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located close to Sintra town centre this castle has a Moorish style and interior. Lots to see inside including some impressive tiled rooms. Certainly worth seeing when in Sintra.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We must have missed the crowds as we practically had the place to ourselves. Took the audio tours in English which were good. I am calibrated to find most palaces to be good in part and not very good for the rest - this place was different, for us, this was a star. The 500 year old tiles everywhere in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After seeing older palaces in London and Lisbon, Sintra handily takes it with colors, location, landscaping, and style. Bring a jacket as it can be windy and cool atop the mountain. The winding passages and terraces of this masterpiece will captivate you as you meander about this fairytale estate. Unreal.

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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This palace is right in the centre of Sintra's Vila. It has beautiful rooms with amazing tiles and paintings on the walls. The kitchen is huge with two enormous chimneys where hunted animals would be roasted bellow. It's a must for visiting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

despite the fact that I visited in October it was crowded ...unfortunately with lots of huge groups which did not move on but stood and talked and talked so the whole thing got very very crowded ....

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the centre of old Sintra this a very interesting palace with unique architecture with two unusual towers. If travelling by car there is very limited parking close by, but down the hill is a larger car park. whilst visiting you can easily talk a walk around the historic centre of Sintra

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sintra is a small village nearly one hour away from Lisbon. It is a picturesque town with a number of castles and gardens and museums. This is a UNESCO world heritage site. The national palace may be small but is a treasure house of architectural designs and furnishings. The décor is fantastic

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