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Park and National Palace of Pena
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Sintra, Pena Palace and Cascais Half-Day Trip from Lisbon
Ranked #2 of 69 things to do in Sintra
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Brussels, Belgium
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“Colorful and romantic...”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

I enjoied the walk through the forest till the palace, caming from Mauros castle. When you see it from distance, it's like the fairy tales palaces, it makes you dream...Very nice views from the terraces. I liked the colors( still, the painting need refreshement, there's a lot of humidity in the air and a lot of mold) and it was interesting to read about his history.
If you are visiting more than one attractions in Sintra, ask at the first one a combined ticket, it's cheaper.

Visited May 2014
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“Great views, interesting period furnishings”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Go to the castle for the views of the countryside and because it is storybook quaint, like Mad King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein. We took a cab up from the town (about 7 euro) because we were four in number, and the hop-on/hop-off bus would have cost 3 euro apiece. We walked down on the lovely footpath past the Moorish Castle. Inside the castle, you get an interesting glimpse of the perquisites of the last Portuguese monarchs -- neat period furnishings and tile -- as well as zillion dollar views. Don't miss that footpath down -- the woods are glorious.

Visited July 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 693 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

This beautiful palace blends many architectural styles, cultures and vibrant colors; truly something out of a fairytale. The castle itself is worth the price of admission (14€), and the breathtaking views are an added bonus.

The walk from the train station is steep/difficult and will take at least an hour. There is a bus that will take you there and back.

Visited May 2014
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“Worth the Money and Time”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

For those on a budget the prices at Sintra during the high season may come with some sticker shock. If you're going to only go to one of the attractions in Sintra, it should be the National Palace of Pena. Not only does it offer spectacular views, but the terrace itself is open for exploration making visitors feel they are truly getting a sense of what the palace was like. At this palace you can climb into little towers and escape the view of the tourists enjoying coffees at the cafe and quiet your mind and soak in the scenery. It was 10.50 euro to go through the garden and to the terrace. We didn't feel like we missed out on much by not going in the castle (which was 14.50 euro), but we could be wrong! There was some scaffolding work being done (we went in June 2014) but overall the bright colors and tiles of the castle make for excellent photos and are a breath of fresh air from typical castles I've seen in Europe.

Visited June 2014
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“cool but jammed with tourists”
Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

Amazing castle--especially the exterior & the views from the balconies & windows. Interiors also quite interesting but you are literally elbow to elbow with tourists. & 14 euro entrance fee ( not including transport to & from the palace) kinda steep. you can walk from Sintra center but it takes about an hour if you are in average physical shape. if you're out of shape you'll want a taxi or 2 day hop on/off bus pass.

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