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Chalet da Condessa D'Edla
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The attractive Chalet and surrounding gardens of the Countess of Edla sit within the grounds of the formidable Pena Palace and are an essential attraction when visiting the area. MADABOUTSINTRA.COM is your indispensable guide on how to arrive and the best things to see whilst there. Bus number 434 from Sintra train station is a hop-on/hop-off service, on a circular route and makes the journey to Pena Palace effortless. Get your Skip-the-Line e-ticket here and maximise your experience, save time and money.

The chalet was built between 1864 and 1869 for King Ferdinand II and his second wife Elise Hensler, the future Countess of Edla. The alpine-like appearance is deceptive. The external plasterwork has been textured and painted to imitate wooden planks. Its interior sees extensive use of cork decoration, covering doors and window frames, eaves and verandas. Inside too you'll encounter many mural paintings, stucco work and glazed decorative tiles.

The chalet has recently been renovated. Now that its original beauty has been restored it is once again open to the public. The Countess followed the work of King Ferdinand and Queen Amélia who contributed to transform and develop the Pena Park.


Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla

Chalet of the Countess of Edla

The surrounding gardens have been planted with imported exotic plants and trees, some from as distant as Australia and New Zealand. The grounds features the Countess's Fernery, the Restharrow Garden, a Pergola, several lakes and the Chalet Stones (a collection of granite boulders). The stunning scenery over the valley is accentuated by the views of the Moorish Castle, Pena Palace, Cruz Alta and the Atlantic ocean in the far distance. The Royal couple were swept away with Romanticism, which was at its peak at the time. They have used the landscape to the best effect to create one of the most idyllic and picturesque parks in Portugal in addition to a perfect hideaway from public life. In 1993 the Chalet of the Countess of Edla and its gardens were classified as a Property of Public Interest.

Opening Times Park, Daily: 09h30 – 20h00, (last admission 19h00)
Palace, Daily: 09h30 - 19h00, (last admission at 18h30)

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With this entrance ticket, you can gain entry to Pena Palace and Park at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone. Save extra money and make more memories by booking with a Pena Palace & Moorish Castle Combination Ticket. SAVE 10%. Book with confidence with the FREE CANCELLATION option.


There's a café at the front of the chalet next to the ticket office/keepers house.

There are toilets on the ground floor and in the café.

There is a small car park near the entrance of the Pena Park. Recommend parking in the centre of Sintra and taking the Scotturb bus #434.

There are scheduled guided tours of the Pena Park grounds which include the Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla. You can also book a private tour: info@parquesdesintra.pt
+351 219 237 300

There's a hop-on hop-off transfer service available between with-in the Pena Park with five stops along the route including the Pena Palace and the Chalet of the Countess d'Edla. Sign language trained staff, manual wheelchairs available on reservation, traction equipment for wheelchairs, ramps are implemented in certain rooms, adapted WC on the ground floor. NOTE: The second floor is not accessible to persons with mobility restrictions.


There are hiking trails signposted between the historic centre and the National Palace of Pena.

Take the IC19 from Lisbon, IC30 from Mafra or EN9 turning off the A5 motorway to Cascais. Once you have arrived in the town's historic centre it's best to leave the car and take the #434 bus to Pena Palace and park.

The Scotturb bus #434 leaves from Sintra Train station and takes you to the Pena Palace.

Contact Details
Estrada da Pena, Sintra, Portugal. | 38º 47' 09.4" N | 09º 23' 58.5" W
+351 219 237 300 | info@parquesdesintra.pt |  Website



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