- Explore this picturesque royal retreat, plucked straight from a fairy tale dreamworld
- Get lost in the 500-acre gardens, packed with exotic plant life, meandering streams, and all sorts of hidden delights
- Marvel at the history and splendor of this UNESCO World Heritage site
This picture-perfect mountain retreat was a monastery until transformed into a private palace by King Ferdinand II. The surrounding Park of Pena is just as big of a treat, full of exotic plant life and other secret treasures. Discover for yourself the 'Crown of the Sintra region'.
Originally a 16th-century monastery, Ferdinand threw out all notions of restraint and ordered its conversion into a Technicolor fairy tale fortress. The King couldn't settle on a single style, so the castle is a delightful mishmash of Romantic, Renaissance, Manueline and Moorish styles. A must-see for fans of architecture and design (and bright colors)!
Equally beautiful are the surrounding gardens. Built to take advantage of the naturally damp climate they contain over 500 species of tree from the four corners of the earth. True to form, the gardens are a sprawling grotto of hidden delights, making a perfectly serene escape from daily life.
Make sure you take the time to drink in the stunning views over the Sintra Region, western coastline, and the city of Lisbon below.
- Entrance to Pena Palace
- Entrance to the park
- Entrance to the Chalet of the Countess of Edla
- Entrance to the Moorish Castle
Show your smartphone ticket at the entrance of the Pena Palace park.
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.
- By foot: About 45 minutes walking from the center of Sintra
- Bus: Scotturb Line 434 (Pena circuit) from Sintra Train Station
- Train from Lisbon (Estação do Oriente, Estação do Rossio, or Estação de Entrecampos)
- There is a paid transfer service available bringing guests from the park entrance to the palace. The service runs every 15 minutes and is wheelchair accessible
- There's a free hop-on hop-off transfer service available between the Palace and the Chalet of the Countess of Edla. Simply show your entrance ticket and hop on!
Try and find the hidden chalet, built to seduce Ferdinand's future wife, the Countess of Edla. What a charmer!