Schedules, prices and history of Pena Palace

Schedules of Pena Palace and Park

    Palace
    Open everydays.
    Opening Times until the 23th of March 2019
    10:00 until 18:00 (last ticket 17:00 and last admission 17:30).
    After the 23th of March 2019
    09:30 until 19:00 (last ticket 18:15 and last admission 18:30).
    Park
    Open everydays.
    Opening Times until the 23th of March 2019
    10:00 until 18:00 (last ticket and last admission 17:00).
    After the 23th of March 2019
    09:30 until 20:00 (last ticket and last admission 19:00).

Address: Estrada da Pena. 2710-609 Sintra.
Link to Official website

Pena Palace and Park tickets

Prices 2018/2019

    Palace + Park
    – 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.

    – Hop On Hop Off – tour route in the Park of Pena: included in the entrance ticket.
    – To benefit from a reduction on your visit to several sites, choose combined tickets.
    – Entrance in the Chalet of the Countess of Edla included.
    – Free on sundays for the residents of the Municipality of Sintra to the parks and monuments under the management of the Parques de Sintra.

    Park
    – Ticket for adults (18 – 64 yrs) 7,50 Euros.
    – Ticket for youths (6 – 17 yrs) 6,50 Euros.
    – Ticket for seniors (over 65 yrs) 6,50 Euros.
    – Family ticket (2 adults + 2 youths) 26,00 Euros.

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

 

    See also:

  1. Monuments and museums in Sintra
  2. Monuments and museums in Portugal
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