Climbing Pena Palace High Above Lisbon! The Majesty Of Sintra Portugal!

Welcome To The Very Colorful Pena Palace!

Have you been to Portugal? Well, if you have then you would have gone to one of the country’s most popular – and colorful – palaces!

Pena Palace is located in Sintra, the mountainous town just a half hour from Lisbon – worth a day trip or two!

Sintra is actually home to multiple castles, palaces and more!

As this map shows, you can spend days visiting here, and since it is so close to Lisbon, you can just hop on a train here as often as you like – amazingly easy!

The train drops you off in town, and yes, it’s a strenuous walk to the entrance of Pena Palace…we took a car from Lisbon and it dropped us off at the official entrance – and yes, from there it’s still another 15 minute hike up to the palace, but no big deal at all!

The Palace begins to reveal it self as you walk – it was originally built in the Middle Ages, when a chapel dedicated to “Our Lady of Pena” was built on the top of the hill above Sintra, less than 30 miles from Lisbon.

There are STRICT arrival times for your tickets, and you can see the entry lines outside – but that keeps the passage into the Palace orderly. Here’s a view from above the line:

Once inside, the ticket says that you can stay as long as you want and roam at will – which we did!

Here’s more history from wikipedia:

In 1493, King John II – along with his wife Queen Leonor made a pilgrimage to the site and it began to expand from there.

For centuries Pena was a small, quiet place for meditation, housing a maximum of eighteen monks.

Today, it is a vibrant and popular destination for locals and tourists alike! So, we did what everyone did and we captured all of the colorful backdrops!

The palace’s unique architecture gave us a lot of opportunities to explore – and to climb atop some of the towers and pose like this:

We each willingly took turn guarding the fortress:

There were also many interior courtyards to explore – this place just seemed to go on and on and on:

Of course, that led to many great photo ops as well:

Here is the entrance to one of the towers, where royalty would gather to eat:

Further inside, you can tour all of the palace rooms: including one that housed this colorful green telephone switchboard:

That led us into a small bedroom where the chambermaid lived, and that opened into the bedroom of the Princess herself:

Room after room revealed great furniture and architecture as well – and stairways went up and down, all revealing new rooms to explore and photograph:

After exiting the interior of the palace, we marveled again at just how far you could see from the towers:

While a car took us up to the Palace gate, we chose to walk all the way back into Sintra, about 2+ miles below us…the walk down was refreshing and fun!

Oh, and a fairly short walk down takes you to a Moorish castle, which we popped into as well:

I will be sharing many more of our Lisbon adventures, like this Moorish castle….that’s still to come, and I also have a tour of Lisbon itself, including the incredible mosaic tiles that are everywhere in town:

There is beauty like this all around you – and as for the food:

I already shared our incredible meal at Cervejaria Ramiro, with an incredible Scarlett Shrimp dish:

You can see all of the feast by clicking on my story here:

Exploring the world is our favorite thing t0o do – where you can arrive at just the right moment to see the beginning of sunset at the “Bridge Of Sighs” in Venice:

This is just one of the photos I captured of this incredible city – see more of them here:

When we were in Beaune France last summer, we got to see this unique Hospice:

So much history to explore – find out all about it here:

That was our first trip to the Burgundy region of France, and we followed it up with our first visit to Sardinia:

I also shared this fun story about our first time on the island of Sardinia, where we ran into a classic James Bond 007 set!

Click here for that story:

We also were greeted in Sardinia by a flaming welcome:

It was wild table side cooking and you can see what the flames were all about by clicking on my story here:

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16 replies

  1. John, this is fabulous! Who wouldn’t want to visit Pena Palace? A parent in my class returned from a business trip to Lisbon, and she told us that one of their hallmarks is colorful, decorative tiling. I see this in your photos. What a city, and what a trip for you and Alex. BTW, when my class begins to prepare for our annual art show in March, we will focus on Italy. May I use your “Bridge of Sighs” photo? I want to teach children about painting light and sunlight.

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  2. this absolutely looks like a fairy tale castle –

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  3. Gorgeous photos of a colorful place!

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  4. Absolutely adding this to our list. We’ve been meaning to get to Portugal and this is a little more fuel on the fire! Great post and fabulous photos.

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    • Thank you for commenting! We LOVED it…the country is much like Greece and perhaps much of Italy..not glossy, just picturesque and extremely friendly….everyday people enjoying life and the price are extremely reasonable!


  5. That’s an impressive place, and very colourful too!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. I haven’t been to Portugal yet but I am already in love with this castle. I could spend hours there, so many interesting things!


  7. This place looks amazing! Must keep it in mind. May be a perfect setting for a story!



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