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Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entrance

Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entrance

From US$ 15.84 per person

Marvel at Pena Palace, one of the most magnificent and recognisable tourist attractions of Portugal. The palace exemplifies the 19th century Romanticism style of architecture and stands atop a rocky peak, which is the second highest point in Sintra Hills.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Admire the beauty of Sintra from one of the highest hills of the region
  • Marvel at the 19th century Romanticism style of architecture
  • Explore the forested grounds and natural beauty of Pena Park
  • Save time and benefit from skip-the-line access
  • Snap some of the most iconic and picturesque pictures
Full description
The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantastical version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge. In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which was built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known. King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which, according to the historical sources of that time, was in very bad condition. He refurbished the whole of the upper floor, replacing the fourteen cells used by the monks with larger-sized rooms and covering them with the vaulted ceilings that can still be seen today. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace) with even larger rooms (the Great Hall is a good example of this), ending in a circular tower next to the new kitchens. The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege. The 1994 repair works restored the original colors of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace. In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works at the Palace of Pena ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was also undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors. King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees. The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.
Includes
  • Entrance ticket to the Park and Pena Palace
  • Online booking fee
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Guided tour
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Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal. To get to Pena Palace by CAR and PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: BY CAR FROM LISBON: If driving to Sintra, take the IC19 (from Lisbon), IC30 (from Mafra) or EN9 (turning off the A5 motorway to Cascais). When you arrive in the town’s historic centre, you’ll see a vertical sign showing the way to Pena (3.5 km). GPS coordinates: 38º 47’ 16.45” N 9º 23’ 15.35” W BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FROM LISBON TO SINTRA By train (Comboios de Portugal) – Take the Sintra Line Departure stations: • Estação do Oriente • Estação do Rossio • Estação de Entrecampos By bus from Sintra (historic centre) to National Palace of Pena By bus (Scotturb) • From Sintra Train Station – Pena Circuit From Sintra, take Scotturb bus No. 434, which runs from the railway station to the Palace of Pena. Please note that parking lots at Pena Park Entrance are limited and have an extra cost. There are no parking lots up to the palace.

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Know before you go

  • Tickets are valid for the date and time selected and you will not be able to access the palace before or after it. The GetYourGuide voucher is not your ticket and you cannot use it to access the palace. You will receive the official ticket in a separate email
  • This ticket allows you to skip the line to the ticket office. You may still need to wait in line to enter the palace
  • Parques de Sintra seasonal opening hours: December 24-25 and January 1 - closed all day. December 31 3:00 PM, and January 2-3: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, last admission at midday
Customer reviews

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4.2 /5

based on 3768 reviews

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    3.9/5
  • Service
    4.2/5
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The Palace itself was beautiful, but expect plenty of other tourists. Inside the palace, some of the rooms are quite small and single file only, meaning that you’ll have to wait for other tourists to move on before you do. Some stop in the middle of the hallway to take pictures and back up the line.

September 18, 2021

Decided to take the train from Lisbon last minute to see Sintra. So glad I booked these advanced passes to Pena palace. I was able to walk right in. You just have to open the “print your ticket” option in your email which will have a barcode to show for admission. The woman that let me in actually said it was a great site to use so they are very familiar with it.

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September 2, 2021

This was an amazing day trip we highly recommend it. O Palácio da Pena is a beautifully preserved palace that takes you back in time, you can feel the rich history as you walk through its halls. Take comfortable shoes because you will be doing lots of walking and up hill climbs thought its beautiful gardens. The up-hill climb is most definitely worth it when you reach the palace its beauty is like no other and the views from up there are extraordinary.

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August 11, 2021

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