Schedules, prices and history of Pena Palace

Schedules of Pena Palace and Gardens

    Palace open everydays.
    From 9:30 until 18:30
    (last ticket 17:30 and last admission 18:00).
    Park open everydays.
    From 9:00 until 19:00
    (last ticket and last admission 18:00).

Address: Estrada da Pena. 2710-609 Sintra.

Link to Official website

Pena Palace + Gardens tickets

  • Ticket for adults (18 – 64 yrs) 14,00 euros.
  • Ticket for youths (6 – 17 yrs) 12,50 euros.
  • Ticket for seniors (over 65 yrs) 12,50 euros.
  • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 youths) 49,00 euros.
  • Buy Pena Palace and Gardens ticket

    – On Sundays, residents of Sintra can visit the parks and palaces “Parques de Sintra” for free, upon presentation of proof of address.
    – To benefit from a reduction on your visit to several sites, choose combined tickets.

    The “Parks of Sintra” : Palace and Gardens of Queluz, National Palace of Sintra, Park and National Palace of Pena, Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla, Moorish Castle, Vila Sassetti, Park and Palace of Monserrate, Convent of the Capuchos and Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

Pena Gardens tickets

  • Ticket 18 – 64 yrs 7,50 Euros.
  • Ticket 6 – 17 yrs 6,50 Euros.
  • Ticket over 65 yrs 6,50 Euros.
  • Family ticket 2 adults + 2 youths 26,00 Euros.


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Pena Palace history

The Palace of Pena stands atop a rocky peak, which is the second highest point in the Sintra hills (the only place higher than the palace itself is the Cruz Alta, 528 metres above sea level). The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantasised version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge.
In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which had been 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 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.
In 2013, the Palace was integrated into the Network of European Royal Residences


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  5. Monuments and museums in Portugal


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