The Palce is situated at the summit of a hill with amazing views all the way to Lisbon on a clear day, the architecture is rather reminisant of the Bavarian Castles of King Ludwig. The interior is rather disappointing and feels like a neglected nineteenth century Railway Hotel. The Portuguese Royal family appeared to have pretty terrible taste, the Palace gets incredibly busy so time your visit carefully. It is well worth taking a taxi up from Sintra which costs just a few Euro's, you can then take a 3 Euro minibus right up to the gates. Worth doing it as the last stretch is a steep climb.
The Palace is definitely worth visiting, its locatuion is amazing and the exterior is currently subject to extensive restoration so be aware large parts of the building are covered in scaffolding. Unfortunately the interior is rather disappointing, clearly a more imaginative curator needs to take it in hand, weed out the exhibits which seem to have nothing to do with the Palace and have been dumped there as they dont quite know what to do with them. They need to provide more information about the fascinating former Royal occupants & the architect.
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