National Palace of Sintra
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The National Palace in the centre of the old town predates Portugal itself. You can find Moorish origins within its architecture. The Palace is a popular attraction for visitors to Sintra, and rightly so. Let MADABOUTSINTRA.COM be your indispensable guide to help your trip go smoothly. Check out our guides about what to see, where to go, where to sleep, where to eat and how to travel there. Also on this page, you'll find several suggested tours designed to take the effort out of visiting attractions.

The Palace is the town's hub of activity and stands out from miles around by its distinctive chimneys. Arabic texts from the 11th century mention the Palace at Sintra. Following the conquest of the area by Portugal's first Christian King, Dom Afonso Henriques, in 1147, it became the property of the Portuguese Crown. King Dinis added the first extensions to the Palace in 1281. Subsequent additions took place during the reign of João I and Manuel I, who left their stamp on this incredible structure. Since the 16th century, the Palace has seen very little change. The building maintains an arabesque demeanour. Moorish influence can be observed within its decretive wall tiles, interior courtyards, decorative fountains and the use of light through the many ornate windows. The National Palace of Sintra is the benchmark of subsequent Portuguese architectural styles and epitomises the cultural influence which has shaped Portugal.


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Opening Times

Park, Daily: 09h30 – 18h30, (last admission 18h00)

Contact Details
2710-405 Sintra, Portugal.
38° 47' 50.5"N | 09° 23' 25.9" W | +351 219 237 300 |  Website

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The Swan Room (Sala dos Cisnes)

The Swan Room (Sala dos Cisnes)

The Arab geographer Al-Bakrî mentions two extremely solid-looking castles in Sintra in the 11th century. These refer to the Castle that overlooks the town and the National Palace in the centre. The Palace was home to the Almoravid governors of the Taifa of Lisbon. Following the conquests of Santarém and Lisbon in 1147 by Alfonso Henrique's armies, the Palace and town fell into Christian hands. However, Moorish artisans continued to maintain the upkeep of the Palace.

Following the Christian conquest, Lisbon became the headquarters of power. Sintra, with its proximity to the capital, mild climate and good hunting grounds, became the summer retreat for the early Portuguese royals. King Dinis reigned from 1279 to 1325 and ordered his private quarters moved to the highest room in the Palace next to the Palatine Chapel. This chapel still survives today and is one of the oldest parts of the Palace.

A period of substantial transformations and enlargements dates from the period of King João I started in 1415. Royal apartments surrounded the Central Patio or Ala Joanina. Other additions included the The Swan Room (Sala dos Cisnes), built in the Manueline style, with many swans painted on the ceiling. The Magpie Room (Sala das Pegas); the magpies (pegas), painted on the ceiling and the frieze, hold the emblem "por bem" (for honour) in their beaks, and the Arab Room (Sala dos Árabes). The most notable external feature of the Palace is its main façade. It was constructed in the time of King João with its entrance arches and mullioned windows in Manueline and Moorish styles (called ajimezes) along with the distinctive conical chimneys of the kitchen.


The next significant construction period occurred during the reign of Dom Manuel I. He ruled Portugal from 1497 until 1530, the earliest years of Portugal's Age of Discovery. King Manuel used the wealth gained from Portugal's first expeditions for his building campaigns and spawned a new architectural style - Manueline. This confidant style encompassed Gothic, Renaissance and Mudéjar influences and exhibited the country's new worldly status and importance.

Dom Manuel ordered the construction of the so-called Ala Manuelina (Manuel's Wing), to the right of the main façade, decorated with typical Manueline windows. He also built the Coats-of-Arms Room (Sala dos Brasões) (1515–1518), with a magnificent wooden coffered domed ceiling decorated with 72 coats-of-arms of Portuguese noble families.

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Sala dos Brasões

Sala dos Brasões


Sintra private tour, a dreamlike experience!

Sintra private tour, a dreamlike experience!

The tour will be a day trip where travellers can enjoy the different faces of Sintra. From the historic centre and the marvellous monuments to the coastline, where small villages are nestled between the rocks and the sea. The itinerary is designed in a way guests can visit the most popular spots. Discover the hidden treasures only the locals know of and taste the fantastic Portuguese cuisine. We will avoid crowds and your tour is 100% customisable.

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Sintra - Through Palaces and Royal Gardens Private Day Tour

Sintra - Through Palaces and Royal Gardens Private Day Tour

Walk the same steps as royalty through palaces and gardens on this full-day private guided tour of Sintra from Lisbon. Discover how aristocrats lived lavishly during the 19th century as you explore the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra and the lush surrounding landscapes. You will marvel at the combination of spectacular Romanticist style architecture and pristine gardens designed for Portuguese kings on this fantastic voyage.

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Sintra, Palace Ticket & Wine Tasting

Sintra, Palace Ticket & Wine Tasting

Departing directly from your accommodation, we will make a pleasant and completely private tour to the Romantic town of Sintra. Via the Cascais and Estoril Coast taking in along the way its culture, history, monuments and places of interest. Included in this tour are the tickets to the Jardim and Palácio da Pena, and regional wine tasting at the Colares Winery. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide and driver who will provide you with the necessary information. The tour takes at least 8 hours.

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National Palace Sintra

Over the subsequent centuries, very little changed in the Palace. The most significant event was the imprisonment of the mentally unstable King Afonso VI. After being deposed by his brother Pedro II in 1676, Afonso was confined to the Palace until his death in 1683. During the 1755 earthquake, the tower over the Arab Room collapsed. At the end of the 18th century, Queen Maria I redecorated and redivided the rooms of the Ala Manuelina.

During the 19th century, Sintra became a fashionable spot for royalty and the Palace of Sintra enjoyed new favour. Queen Amélia, in particular, was very fond of the Palace and made several drawings of it. After the foundation of the Republic in 1910, it became a national monument. The architect Raul Lino restored the Palace during the 1940s. Lino aimed to return it to its former splendour by adding old furniture from other Palaces and restoring the tile panels. The National Sintra Palace has been an important historical tourist attraction ever since.

Opening Times
Daily: 09h30 - 18h30, (last admission at 18h00)


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Adult: €10.00, Concessionary: €8.50
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Take the IC19 from Lisbon, IC30 from Mafra or EN9 turning off the A5 motorway to Cascais.

The Scotturb buses #434 & #435 leaves from Sintra Train station and takes you to the Old Town Sintra.

Contact Details
2710-405 Sintra, Portugal.
38° 47' 50.5"N | 09° 23' 25.9" W | +351 219 237 300 |  Website


There are a number of eateries in close proximity to the National Palace.

The are on-site public toilets.

Limited parking spaces in front of the Palace, likely to be full. Recommend using the carparks next to the Museu Anjos Teixeira lower down the hill.

Scheduled guided tours at 10h30 & 14h30. To book a private tour:
+351 219 237 300

Due to a flight of steps at the main façade the accessible entranceway is by the kitchen at the side. Sign language trained staff, manual wheelchairs available on reservation, traction equipment for wheelchairs, ramps are implemented in certain rooms, adapted WC in the Manueline Room, 3D tactile models.