Sintra Palace

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Basic info

Type of attraction


Portuguese name

Palácio Nacional de Sintra


Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 Sintra

+351 219 237 300

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How to visit


Adult (18 to 64): 13,00€
Young (6 to 17): 10,00€
Senior (over 65): 10,00€
Family ticket (2A + 2Y): 35,00€

Free access
  • Garden
  • Children under 6
Opening times

Palace & Gardens
9:30 am — 6:30 pm (daily)

Last Ticket & Last Admission: 6 pm

Ticket Office closed: 12 pm – 1 pm

Automatic Ticket vending machine available.

Closing days

December 24, 25, 31 & January 1


Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 Sintra

Public transports

Lisbon > Sintra:
Train (CP) – Sintra Line

Sintra (train station) > National Palace of Sintra:
Bus 434 & 435

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More details

  • Swan Room: the Great Hall of the Palace during the reign of King John I and Queen Philippa of Lancaster. It owes its name to the ceiling panels picturing swans with a crown – emblem of Henry IV of England, brother of Philippa of Lancaster.
  • Magpie Room: where mostly the royal hearings took place. The ceiling paintings depict 136 magpies carrying a rose – this one being a symbol of House of Lancaster to which the Queen Philippa of Lancaster was affiliated.
  • Coats of Arms Room: displays the coats of arms of the 72 most prestigious households in the realm. Right in the centre of the dome, as a statement of his power, the coats of arms of King Manuel I prevail.
  • Chapel: built in 13th century and expanded in 15th. The exquisite Mudejar ceiling is worth seeing.
  • The Galley Room: constructed in the reign of King John III. Galleons from Portugal, the Ottoman Empire and the Netherlands are pictured on the ceiling.
  • Queen Maria Pia’s Chambers: eight rooms that once served as the chambers of the last queen who resided in the palace.
  • Chamber of Afonso VI: after his deposition by the future King Peter II, his brother, this chamber functioned as a prison cell for Afonso VI.
  • Chimneys: the two 33-meter tall conical chimneys are undoubtedly emblematic features of Sintra.
  • Water Grotto: a secluded outdoor space. Notice the tiny apertures in the walls for water spouts and the ceiling plasterwork.

10th century – First reference to the Palace of Sintra by the moorish geographer Al-Bakrî.

1147 – Conquest of Lisbon by Afonso Henriques. Surrender of the Moors of Sintra.

1281 – A contract between King Dinis and the free Moors of Colares is the first written proof of the existence of a palace in this location.

1287 – King Dinis grants the Palace, the township of Sintra and its adjacent lands to his wife Queen Elizabeth.

1385-1433 – Under the reign of King John I the palace undergoes extensive interventions. The Central Courtyard, the Swan Room and the two conical chimneys derive from this period.

1495-1521 – During the reign of King Manuel I the Palace of Sintra attains remarkable opulence. The Coat of Arms Room, the Eastern Wing, as well as the the decorative hispano-moresque tiles date back to this time.

1521-1557 – Reign of King John III. A new Palace arises, thus linking the main chambers to the northeast wing.

1755 – Lisbon earthquake causes serious damages. The reconstruction works managed to preserve the palace’s outline.

1910 – The National Palace of Sintra is classified as a National Monument.

1930s – Opening to the public.

2012 – Parks of Sintra (Parques de Sintra) takes over the management.

the surroundings

  • NewsMuseum (230 m)
  • Villa Sassetti (600 m)
  • Palace & Quinta da Regaleira (1 km)
  • Moorish Castle (1,6 km)
  • Miranda Restaurant & Terrace Bar (160 m)
  • Becco de Sintra (170 m)
  • Tasca do Xico (240 m)
  • A Praça (270 m)