I read through lots of the reviews of the palace....looks like the gardens are not to be missed! There were more than just a few reviews that remarked on the state of the palace itself--I would imagine a place of that size would be difficult (and expensive) to keep up.
Given the sheer size, how much time would be reasonable to spend here? I'm thinking a quick look on the inside and then devote more time to the gardens (assuming good weather).
It seems that picnic lunches are both allowed and seemed to be encouraged? I read that bicycles are available to rent-- only 1 euro?? (I would be all over that...but a few in my party might balk), but there was also mention of a mini-bus?/ shuttle? that used to bring people down to the waterfall at the end of the garden, but may not be still in use? Can anyone shed some light on that one?
My daughter-in-law is a big Star Wars fan--I read that this was used as the princess's residence.(original? or re-make?) I am not a sci-fi fan and never saw any of the movies. I love to get an 'iconic' photo of the place for her. Any suggestions?
Oh my goodness, so many questions..........much thanks to whatever you can answer!