Pena Park | A Lush Green Garden Of Pena National Palace

The enchanting Park of Pena Palace, nestled in Sintra, Portugal, stands as a breathtaking counterpart to the magnificent palace it surrounds. This verdant oasis, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, envelops visitors in a serene escape within the heart of the town. Its botanical richness is a testament to nature's wonders, boasting an array of rare species and exotic trees from diverse corners of the globe. As you wander through Pena Palace Park, you're transported to the opulent lives of its original inhabitants. It's a tranquil haven where history and nature coalesce, inviting you to bask in its splendor. one of the best palaces to visit in Portugal.

Places To See In Pena Park


Waterwheel
Waterwheel

The waterwheel in the Pena Palace Park, Sintra is a spectacular neo-moorish architectural design that has a unique and interesting water management system. The most striking feature of this waterwheel was to use underground water mines to raise water from the park to the palace. The same water management system was also used to water the gardens, supply water to tanks, lakes and waterfalls. Till today, the system has been fully functioning and supplies water to the entire palace park. 

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Riding Arena
Riding Arena

Formally known as the Picadeiro, the famous riding arena situated in Pena Park is embraced by beautiful magnolias. This place has now become a famous spot for a casual stroll amidst nature. As the name suggests, the riding arena was earlier used as a space where young princes learned horse riding . Additionally, the arena holds historical significance as this is exactly where tennis was played for the first time in Portugal. In 1843, this part of the park was transformed by King Ferdinand II into an ornamental farm, providing pleasant country walks. 

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Temple of Columns, Warrior and Queen's Table
Temple of Columns, Warrior and Queen's Table

Amidst the canopy of trees, the magnificent Temple of Columns stands out, capturing attention with its striking yellow dome held aloft by twelve elegant columns. Adjacent to the temple, the imposing statue of the Warrior, skillfully sculpted by Ernesto Rusconi in 1848, assumes its role as the guardian of Pena's realm. This statue portrays D. Fernando II, the prince who chose Portugal as his abode, and its shield proudly displays a caravel, symbolizing his safe and auspicious arrival. Close by, the quaint octagonal table known as Mesa da Rainha pays homage to Queen D. Amélia's affection for this cherished spot.

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High Cross
High Cross

Perched at an impressive altitude of 528 meters, Cruz Alta in Parque and Palacio da Pena offers breathtaking vistas of Lisbon, Cascais, the Atlantic Ocean and the picturesque Saloia region. Originally home to a cross commissioned by D. João III in around 1522, which was later destroyed by a storm, King Fernando II replaced it with a new cross. Unfortunately, this cross too met its demise due to lightning in 1997. However, in 2008, a new replica crafted from a single block of limestone, weighing approximately 1,700 kilos and was painstakingly created and transported to its location, showcasing intertwined trunks and intricate hollowed-out sections.

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Gruta do Monge and Alto de Santa Catarina
Gruta do Monge and Alto de Santa Catarina

Within Parque da Pena, numerous secluded spots await discovery, including Gruta do Monge, a historic retreat for the monks of Pena Monastery, providing a serene space for reflection, meditation and communion with nature. Another remarkable vantage point is Alto de Santa Catarina, offering panoramic views of the palace. Nestled here is the Queen's Throne, a seat carved into the rock, adorned with tiles and coated in tar. This cherished location earned its name as it was favored by Queen D. Amélia, adding to its allure.

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Garden of Camellias
Garden of Camellias

Pena's Jardim das Camélias stands out as a remarkable botanical treasure. These captivating species, hailing from China and Japan, were brought here by King Fernando II during the 1840s. Blooming during the winter, they have become synonymous with the enchanting beauty of Sintra. The diverse colors and shapes of these camellias enliven the gardens. French gardener Bonnard meticulously planted it, featuring not only popular 19th-century international cultivars but also noteworthy Portuguese cultivars, some associated with members of the Portuguese Royal Family at that time.

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Queen's Fetary
Queen's Fetary

Within this section of the Park, an extraordinary tree, the Giant Tuia, captures attention with its remarkable presence in the landscape. Standing tall like a sentinel, it adds grandeur to the surroundings. Nearby, lies the captivating Feteira da Rainha, a collection that showcases lush tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand. Planted in a valley blessed with favorable climate and adorned with towering deciduous oaks, their canopies intertwine at the apex, evoking a cathedral-like structure reminiscent of a Gothic nave. This combination creates a truly exotic and enchanting ambiance within the park. 

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Valley of the Lakes and Fonte dos Passarinhos
Valley of the Lakes and Fonte dos Passarinhos

Passing through the grand entrance gate, a captivating journey unfolds along the path that meanders alongside five interconnected lakes, embellished with gentle cascades, within a serene leafy valley. Among the lakes, two pateras serve as shelter structures for aquatic birds. Following the valley's trail, you arrive at the Fonte dos Passarinhos, a small pavilion adorned with neo-Moorish frescoes. Its hexagonal layout, vaulted dome and tile embellishments enclose a crystalline fountain whose melodic sounds are enhanced by the building's excellent acoustics. Additionally, the delicate bird statues adorn the inner parapet, lending the structure its name.

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Garden and Chalet of the Countess d'Edla
Garden and Chalet of the Countess d'Edla

In Pena Park, Terraco Cocheiras, an alpine-style building seamlessly blending into the natural surroundings, was constructed by King Fernando II and his second wife, the Countess of Edla, Elise Hensler, from 1864 to 1869. This remarkable structure is located within the Parks of Sintra Park and Palace of Pena. The surrounding garden boasts a diverse array of botanical collections, featuring camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, ferns and various other plant species, creating a stunning display of natural beauty.

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Who Built Pena Park?

Baron Wilhelm Ludvig von Eschwege, a respected 19th-century German-Brazilian geologist and engineer, was commissioned by Ferdinand II to construct the Pena Palace Park. Renowned in the scientific community, his geological investigations unveiled valuable mineral resources through extensive surveys and explorations, contributing significay to the field. His enduring legacy is marked by pioneering discoveries and impactful advancements in geology.




Why Visit the Park of Pena Palace?

Why Visit the Park of Pena Palace?
  • The Pena park showcases the magnificent architecture of the palace itself, with its vibrant colors and blend of different architectural styles.
  • From vibrant flower beds to manicured hedges, the gardens offer a feast for the eyes and provide countless picturesque spots for relaxation and photography.
  • The parks boast a wide variety of plant species such as the rare and exotic ones including camellias and rhododendrons to ferns and azaleas. 
  • Positioned atop a hill, the parks offer breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the charming town of Sintra and even the distant Atlantic Ocean.
  • The Pena park offers various recreational activities, such as walking trails, picnicking spots, and benches for relaxation.
  • The Parks of Pena Palace are conveniently located near other notable attractions in Sintra, such as the Moorish Castle and Quinta da Regaleira.

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Design And Architecture Of Pena Park

The Park of Pena Palace is a remarkable fusion of Romanticism, eclecticism, and landscape design, showcasing the visionary ideas and execution of King Ferdinand II of Portugal and Baron Wilhelm Ludvig von Eschwege during the 19th century.


The essence of Romanticism is vividly manifested throughout the park, characterized by its vibrant colors, intricate stonework, and meaningful inscriptions. These elements draw inspiration from a rich tapestry of architectural traditions, including Gothic, Renaissance, and Islamic motifs. One striking example of the Pena Palace Park is the majestic dome crowning the Fountain of the Small Birds, reminiscent of the architectural features found in historical and contemporary Islamic structures.

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  • Secure your spot at the last minute with exclusive access to sold-out tickets

  • Visit the National Palace of Pena and learn about the history of this fairytale-like fortress

  • Explore this royal and picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site on the top of the Sintra Mountains

  • Admire the architectural marvel built in Romantic, Renaissance, Manueline, & Moorish style

  • Take a walk among the lush vegetation, the castle has 500 acres of grounds where you may observe 2000 varieties of flora and 500 species of trees.

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Must Know Before You Go
  • ID proof is mandatory for each individual guest at the time of arrival.
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival.
  • Kids under 6 years can get in for free. Adult tickets are applicable for individuals aged 6+ years.
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the Porta Férrea entrance.
  • Please note that the venue is not reachable by car. There is a paid transfer service available bringing guests from the park entrance to the palace. The service runs every 15 minutes and is wheelchair accessible.
  • There's a free hop-on hop-off transfer service available between the Palace and the Chalet of the Countess of Edla. Simply show your entrance ticket and hop on!
  • No dogs are allowed in the park, except guide dogs.
  • Keep your ticket available during your visit.
  • The time slot assigned grants access to Pena Palace and must be respected. You can access the park anytime.
  • This activity is wheelchair accessible.
  • Please note that the time slots may be subject to slight variations, and we will allocate a time slot available within a 30-minute window before or after your initial selection.
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Park and Pena Palace in Sintra: General Admission Tickets
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  • Secure your spot at the last minute with exclusive access to sold-out tickets

  • Visit the National Palace of Pena and learn about the history of this fairytale-like fortress

  • Explore this royal and picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site on the top of the Sintra Mountains

  • Admire the architectural marvel built in Romantic, Renaissance, Manueline, & Moorish style

  • Take a walk among the lush vegetation, the castle has 500 acres of grounds where you may observe 2000 varieties of flora and 500 species of trees.

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Must Know Before You Go
  • ID proof is mandatory for each individual guest at the time of arrival.
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival.
  • Kids under 6 years can get in for free. Adult tickets are applicable for individuals aged 6+ years.
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the Porta Férrea entrance.
  • Please note that the venue is not reachable by car. There is a paid transfer service available bringing guests from the park entrance to the palace. The service runs every 15 minutes and is wheelchair accessible.
  • There's a free hop-on hop-off transfer service available between the Palace and the Chalet of the Countess of Edla. Simply show your entrance ticket and hop on!
  • No dogs are allowed in the park, except guide dogs.
  • Keep your ticket available during your visit.
  • The time slot assigned grants access to Pena Palace and must be respected. You can access the park anytime.
  • This activity is wheelchair accessible.
  • Please note that the time slots may be subject to slight variations, and we will allocate a time slot available within a 30-minute window before or after your initial selection.
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FAQ's of Pena Palace

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    There are two large parking areas available near the Pena Palace. The parking spaces are located near the lower garden, you can park your vehicle there and can take a walk through the lush greens on your way to the palace.

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