The Pena Palace or Palacio da Pena is a must-visit place for everyone who is traveling to Lisbon. On our four day visit to Lisbon, we decided to take a day trip to the beautiful town of Sintra. Top on our list of places to visit in Sintra was the Pena Palace and Park.
Pena Palace is just seventeen miles away from Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. Pena is an UNESCO world heritage site.
The park and palace of Pena are the finest examples of nineteenth century Portuguese romanticism and the integration of national and built heritage. They constitute the most important part of the cultural landscape of Sintra’s world heritage site. The Pena Palace is perched high on a hilltop above the town of Sintra.
Pena Palace was built on the site of a ruined 15th century monastery that was completed in 1854. The vibrant red and yellow palace is a mix of Gothic, Moorish,Egyptian and Renaissance style elements.
It was built as a summer house for the royal family. The palace’s architecture is absolutely unique. The luxurious well preserved rooms and furniture look stunning. Loved the tile work. I felt like I was in a fairy tale castle. The view from the palace is magnificent.
The palace is surrounded by 500 acre Pena Park. The park is enormous and has many things to see. Make sure you are wearing a comfortable pair of shoes, as it involves lot of walking.
For more info visit the website: http://www.parquesdesintra.pt