Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entrance
- Admire the beauty of Sintra from one of the highest hills of the region
- Marvel at the 19th century Romanticism style of architecture
- Explore the forested grounds and natural beauty of Pena Park
- Save time and benefit from skip-the-line access
- Snap some of the most iconic and picturesque pictures
In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which was built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known. King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which, according to the historical sources of that time, was in very bad condition. He refurbished the whole of the upper floor, replacing the fourteen cells used by the monks with larger-sized rooms and covering them with the vaulted ceilings that can still be seen today. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace) with even larger rooms (the Great Hall is a good example of this), ending in a circular tower next to the new kitchens. The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege.
The 1994 repair works restored the original colors of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace. In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works at the Palace of Pena ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was also undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors. King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees. The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.
- Entrance ticket to the Park and Pena Palace
- Online booking fee
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Food and beverages
- Guided tour
Prepare for the activity
Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal. To get to Pena Palace by CAR and PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: BY CAR FROM LISBON: If driving to Sintra, take the IC19 (from Lisbon), IC30 (from Mafra) or EN9 (turning off the A5 motorway to Cascais). When you arrive in the town’s historic centre, you’ll see a vertical sign showing the way to Pena (3.5 km). GPS coordinates: 38º 47’ 16.45” N 9º 23’ 15.35” W BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FROM LISBON TO SINTRA By train (Comboios de Portugal) – Take the Sintra Line Departure stations: • Estação do Oriente • Estação do Rossio • Estação de Entrecampos By bus from Sintra (historic centre) to National Palace of Pena By bus (Scotturb) • From Sintra Train Station – Pena Circuit From Sintra, take Scotturb bus No. 434, which runs from the railway station to the Palace of Pena. Please note that parking lots at Pena Park Entrance are limited and have an extra cost. There are no parking lots up to the palace.Open in Google Maps ⟶
• There is an online booking fee added to the ticket price
• This ticket allows you to skip the line to the ticket office. You may still need to wait in line to enter the palace.
• Tickets are valid until December 31, 2020
• The park is open from 10 AM-6 PM, with last ticket and last admission at 5 PM
• The palace is open from 10 AM-6 PM, with last ticket at 5 PM and last admission at 5:30 PM
• Please note that parking lots at Pena Park Entrance are limited and have an extra cost. There are no parking lots up to the palace.
• Parques de Sintra seasonal opening hours: December 24-25 and Jan 1 - closed all day. December 31 and January 2-3: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, last admission at midday.