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…
What people are saying about Pena Palace
Huge queues everywhere. It’s what I call a “crocodile visit”. From queuing at Rossio train station, to queuing in the dreadful traffic up the mountain from Sintra station, to queueing up the top to the palace to queuing to go into and around the palace. But it’s worth it. The best part for me was the walk over to the Moorish Castle - much more my style although the clouds spoiled the view. Tips: Book ahead for everything, this will minimise your queuing. Go very early or very late to miss the queues. Get a tuktuk up from the station rather than the bus or taxi as the tuktuk can, mostly, beat the traffic queue. It cost 15 euros for two of us to go up and 5 each to come down. The ride itself was very enjoyable!
It's important to get skip the line tickets, especially during the high tourist season. My second piece of advice is to go early in the morning -- there were a lot of hills and the line of cars/buses to get up to the palace moved very slowly as we didn't go until mid-day. But it was worth it -- a beautiful fairly-tale like castle
Pena Palace and Sintra are so different from almost any other European palace or castle or mansion. The colorfulness and whimsy, along with the incredible details make it worth a visit, even with crowds and heat and uphill walking. GYG tickets helped a lot because the ticket line would have been very long!
We booked a wrong ticket online. The ticketcontroller advised us to book another ticket. Because of the short time we didn't visit the Moorish castle, our wrong first booking
Worth buying the tickets on line as we skipped a long queue. Highly recommend going early in the morning and not driving the whole way as the cars were bumper to bumper.