Pena Palace

Updated on February 24, 2022

Visit

Location

Estrada da Pena, Sintra, Portugal

Opening times

Palace: 9:30am–6:30pm, daily*
Park: 9am–7pm, daily*
*Last admission 6pm

Prices*

Palace & Park
18-64: 14€ | 6-17 or >65: 12,50€
Family ticket (2+2): 49€
Park
18-64: 7,50€ | 6-17 or >65: 6,50€
Family ticket (2+2): 26€
*Lisboa Card discount: 10%

Getting There

Lisbon > Sintra*
Train (CP) – Sintra Line | 3€ one way)
(Departure stations: Oriente; Rossio; Entrecampos)
*Free ticket with Lisboa Card

Sintra (train station) > Pena
Bus 434 (Scotturb | 3,90€ one way)

Highlights
  • The multi-influenced exterior architecture
  • The merman figure
  • Window similar to the one at Convento de Cristo in Tomar
  • Altarpiece in the chapel attributed to Nicolas de Chanterenne
  • Trompe l’oeil frescoes of the Arab Room
Tips & Tricks
  • If you’re short on time, consider an exterior visit (park & terraces)
  • Pick up the “Parques e Palácios” map with an illustration of the castle and a circular, 1.5-hour walking route of the park
  • After the visit, if the bus stop is jammed, consider walking about 10 minutes (mostly downhill) along the road to the Moorish Castle bus stop. Usually, there’s no line.

History

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12th century

  • Existence of a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pena as early as the

D. Manuel I Reign (1495-1521)

  • The Royal Monastery of Our Lady of Pena was built

1755

  • Destroyed almost entirely in the Lisbon earthquake.
  • The marble altarpiece and alabaster attributed to Nicolau de Chanterenne remained intact

1838

  • D. Fernando de Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (king consort ) acquires at its own expense the convent in ruins and other farms and surrounding forests, including the Moorish Castle

1853

  • After the death of Queen D. Maria II, D. Fernando remarried Elise Hensler and together constrem the Chalet of the Countess d’Edla, located in The Park of Pena

1910

  • Queen Amelia is in the palace at the time of the Proclamation of the Republic (October 5) from where she leaves for Mafra and then embarks on ericeira towards exile
  • Classified as national monument

Photos

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Eat & Drink

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Pena Palace Restaurant

  • Reasonable prices considering location
  • Average quality.
  • The café is cheaper but with little options

Casa Piriquita (center)

  • Ideal for breakfast or snacks
  • Our recommendation: “queijadas” (small tarts with a cheesy filling) and “travesseiros”

Tulhas Bar & Restaurant (center)

  • Traditional Portuguese cuisine
  • Our recommendation: octopus salad and cod with cream

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