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Sintra National Palace

Largo Rainha Dona Amelia, Sintra 2710-616, Portugal
+351 21 910 6840
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The National Palace of Sintra, located in the historic town centre, was inhabited for nearly eight centuries by the Portuguese monarchy and its court. It was much used, particularly during the Middle Ages, as a hunting retreat and as a refuge from outbreaks of disease in the capital, or as a summer resort, thanks to the town's more agreeable climate.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“the kitchen” (118 reviews)
“national palace” (130 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Largo Rainha Dona Amelia, Sintra 2710-616, Portugal
+351 21 910 6840
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Reviewed yesterday

We made this stop on a day trip out from Lisbon. it was interesting but certainly not a very memorable spot.

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Dating back to the 11th Century, and having undergone renovations throughout its history, the UNESCO designated National Palace is easily spotted from throughout the area by its distinctive, unique kitchen chimneys, which soar 33 meters high above the skyline. Beautifully carved wooden and painted ceilings,...More

Thank Kim G
Reviewed 3 days ago

At arrival at the square in front of the Palace we where not very impressed. Many tourist organizations told is; this is a must when you are in the area. We disagree with this. It was absolutely not extraordinairy, nor impressive and I did have...More

Thank HenkKoppelaar
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Beautiful grounds at the Moorish Castle where you can walk in shade, and explore the tunnels as well as the ruins.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were staying 100 yards away . Had to go. A little difficult with groups of 50 ahead and behind us. But with patience we were able to see enough. It was nice and a lot of history .

Thank MarshallGulch
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As we wound our way through the rooms, we found ourselves wondering how one would find their way through without signs telling you where to go. Beautiful ceilings in every room. Unusual chimneys over the kitchen.

Thank Meredith H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Touring Sintra a beautiful monument overlooking Lisbon was an enjoyable day to view the gardens and the palace. Great photo opportunities for both inside and out. It was not too hot and crowded in May when we we there. Excellent transportation up to the palace...More

Thank Danaj934
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thought to have a calm day walking and see some castles, but you don't need to go to Sintra for that. The site is an touristic hotspot and quite expensive. We paid around 50€ to see two castles. But it's worth to visit Sintra.

Thank Kenny V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As other reviewers have said as well, the attraction of this building lies not so much in its exterior appearance, but much more on what it has to show to the public once inside. We thought the interior of this palace is more authentic than...More

Thank 960maartenr
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to see this palace from the outside whilst navigating through Sintra and it's a huge building for sure. Worth taking a photo but I wouldn't necessarily travel to Sintra just to see it, most people see it on their way to Pena...More

Thank Dodge1991
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At what time does this Palace close on SUNDAYs? I've read some conflicting info, and I'm trying to figure out if I'd be able to visit the palace arriving 12:30p on a Sunday in September. Even if it closes at 2PM, is that enough time? 1.5 hrs?
7 May 2017|
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Response from _elainehindson | Reviewed this property |
I agree with others that 1.5 hrs should be enough. We'd already done the Sintra National Palace, and the Moorish Castle before we got to the Pena Palace, so we wouldn't have had the stamina to stay longer. It's quite a walk... More
daily opening hours
26 October 2016|
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Response from Rosemary P | Reviewed this property |
The Sintra National Palace with the two large white chimneys is open from 10 - 5.30 from Thursdays to Tuesdays. The much more interesting Pena National Palace, up the hill is open all days 9.45 to 7 pm. You need to check... More
Is it open every weekday?
26 October 2016|
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Response from Mark K | Reviewed this property |
certainly during the season, not sure about out if season