capital city of Portugal



municipality in the Lisbon District, Portugal


we will see

Pena Palace

Beautiful example of pseudo-Moorish Romantic architecture. The facades were completely restored in January 2015, so it is well-worth a visit. You can walk there from Sintra in about an hour (uphill!) or catch a bus. You can see a good collection of furniture and the royal apartments. Note that there are often sizeable queues (over an hour) to visit the interior of the palace and no photos are allowed inside. The exterior of the palace and adjoining chapel can be visited without queuing. Surrounding the palace is a huge park which is much quieter, and can be explored on foot or by a small tourist train service. The Chalet decorated with bark is particularly worth visiting, and the greenhouses, stables and lakes are pleasant.