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Sintra National Palace

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Address: Largo Rainha Dona Amelia, Sintra 2710-616, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 910 6840
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09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The National Palace of Sintra, located in the historic town centre, was...

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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Different kind of beauty

Not rectangular, nor symmetric, not even leveled, this is not the type of architecture you're used to finding in a palace. Just look at those two huge chimneys! Have you ever seen... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Lagos, Portugal
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Singapore
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nothing much to see. Very small and simple palace (not sure should it be called a palace). Better things to do in Sintra

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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting as a historical site and a view of royal life and sensibilities. Very helpful and informed guides working in each area and that added to our experience.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Looks as though it would be plain inside, not at all, really interesting, great views from the windows as well.Outside is a "Train " that will take you around the town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Several people told us not to miss a visit to Sintra. We actually enjoyed every minute of it. This Palace shows a bit of the history of the country, their habits. The kitchen chimneys are very impressive. The tile covered walls are impressive.

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Lagos, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not rectangular, nor symmetric, not even leveled, this is not the type of architecture you're used to finding in a palace. Just look at those two huge chimneys! Have you ever seen chimneys like that in a palace? I don't think you have or will ever again. There are no impressive gardens either. just a few small gardens, interconnected by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a day and what a magical place. The views are stunning and the architecture is magnificent. A must do to all visitors, it is truly a gem to be cherished. 10/10

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Dalbeattie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I reckon it is anyway. In the heart of the Town, a town that boasts several palaces and a castle as well as lots of pretty places and parks. An imposing building, well worth a visit for the painted ceilings and artworks. Some idiots built a modern hotel next to it though. Still you don't have to look at that.... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not fabulous but somewhat interesting . I think the tour was a bit long for my taste , but maybe because it was the second castle of the day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A distinctive medieval palace constructed on the site of a former Moorish castle. Exterior of palace is rather unassuming. The interior rooms are a delight to behold. The style is very unique and is a mixture of Gothic renaissance, Islamic Moorish influence. Unique ceiling decorations and impressive wall tiles are present in quite a few rooms and hallways Impressive kitchen... More 

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Winter Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're as enamored as I am with Portuguese tile then this is the place for you. The rooms are stunning and we had a fantastic tour guide who explained in great detail about the history of the palace. Definitely a trip highlight.

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