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Visiting Sintra National Palace, one of the best-preserved medieval royal residences in Portugal

Sintra is a paradise nestled between the mountains and the sea, known for its magnificent historical past, lush landscapes, and luxurious cuisine. If you are planning a day trip to Sintra, make sure to visit the Sintra National Palace, one of its best-preserved medieval residences. Commonly also known as the Palácio Nacional de Sintra, it served as the primary residence of the Portuguese royalty until the early 20th century. Built with Moorish, Gothic, Egyptian, and Renaissance elements, the palace is a fantastic example of transcultural exchange. Read on to know more about the Sintra National Palace, how to book Sintra National Palace tickets, its timings, and other details to ensure a hassle-free experience.  

Why visit Sintra National Palace?

Why Visit the Sintra National Palace

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Sintra National Palace Skip the Line Tickets

Skip the Line Tickets

  • Book the National Palace of Sintra skip-the-line tickets to move ahead through long queues and spend more time exploring the gorgeous architecture of this Royal residence. 
  • The National Palace of Sintra skip-the-line tickets have two options. You can choose between just skipping ahead queues, or exploring the Medieval residence with an audio guide for a more informative experience. 
  • Explore the fusion of Manueline, Gothic, and Moorish architecture with Arabic-style pools and the two iconic conical kitchen chimneys of the palace with your skip-the-line tickets. 
  • Make sure to visit the historic museum of this Royal residence to look at the intricate details in these rooms. 

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National Palace of Sintra: Skip the Ticket Line Tickets

Sintra National Palace Combo Tickets

Combo Tickets

  • Book the National Palace of Sintra and National Palace of Queluz combo tickets to save time and money as you skip the lines at two famous Royal residences. 
  • You can also buy combo tickets to enter and explore the National Palace of Sintra and Monserrate Palace and Park.
  • Book the combo tickets to enjoy strolling through the well-manicured gardens of the palaces with perfect, tilted walkways, and glittering canals. 
  • Explore the mishmash of architectural details on all the mansions and unravel the history behind the Manueline, Gothic, and Moorish styles.

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Combo (Save 5%): National Palace of Sintra+ National Palace of Queluz & Gardens Tickets
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Half-Day Guided Tour Tickets

  • Book the Sintra National Palace, Cabo de Roca, Cascais, and Estoril half-day tour ticket to enjoy a 5-hour-long guided tour of some significant landmarks of the city.
  • Learn of the magnificent history of the palace, dating back to the 8th century, and other anecdotes and stories, as you explore the site with your expert tour guide.
  • Make sure to catch splendid views of the breaking waves and sandy shores of the Lisbon coastline from Cabo de Roca.
  • Cascais and Estoril also offer pristine beaches and luxury hotels, perfect for a quiet gateway.

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Sintra National Palace, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Estoril Half Day Tour from Lisbon

Sights covered on Sintra National Palace tour

The Coat of Arms Room in Sintra National Palace

The Coat of Arms Room

The pinnacle of King Manuel I's vision of monarchy is the Coat of Arms Room. King Manuel I presented himself at the center of a strict hierarchical but interdependent society by affixing his coat of arms to the dome of this space. His ability to rule rested on the nobility and the nobility gave the monarch the social standing he required.

The Magpie Room in Sintra National Palace

The Magpie Room

The Magpie Room is known to have been a royal audience room before it was used as a second banquet room in the 19th century. The room is called as such because of its ceiling artwork. Throughout the reign of King Duarte, who succeeded King João I and Queen Philippa of Lancaster, it was known as the Magpie room. 

The Swan Room in Sintra National Palace

The Swan Hall

The Swans Hall served as the palace’s Noble Hall and, more specifically, as the residence of King João I and Queen Philippa of Lancaster. The wood ceiling panels from the late 14th century that feature several white swans on them gave the building its name. The symbol was used by Henry IV, the then King of England and brother to Queen Philippa. 

The Palatine Chapel in Sintra National Palace

The Palatine Chapel

King Dinis gave the order to build the Palatine Chapel, also known as the Royal Chapel at the start of the 14th century. The hardwood ceiling, which has geometric patterns that resembles a starry sky, is regarded as one of the finest specimens of Mudejar carpentry due to its age and level of preservation.

Galley Hall in Sintra National Palace

Galley Hall

The ceiling of the Galley Hall is painted with several galleys, giving the room its name. These galleys display not only the Portuguese flag but also the flags of the Netherlands and the Ottoman Empire. However, they were concealed when the gallery was divided into little spaces to serve as Infante Afonso's chambers in the 19th century.

Heraldic Hall in Sintra National Palace

Heraldic Hall

The Heraldic Hall is the most opulent room in Portuguese royal palaces as well as the most significant heraldic room in all of Europe. The Heraldic Hall, known for its octagonal dome,  encompasses the entire noble floor of the square tower. The hall serves as the ideal illustration of King Manuel I's wealth, power, and influence.

Pagoda Room in Sintra National Palace

Pagoda Room

In recognition of the huge pagoda that decorates the room, the Chinese Room is also known as the Pagoda Room. This item, which was carved out of ivory and bone, came to the National Palace of Sintra in 1850 from the private collection of Queen Carlota Joaquina of Spain. It is these unique transnational elements that make the palace special. 

Manueline Hall in Sintra National Palace

Manueline Hall

The Noble Hall of the Palace of King Manuel I, the Manueline Hall was the fourth largest hall of Sintra National Palace, after the Swans Hall, the Galley Hall, and the Chinese Room. To accommodate King Luis's apartments, it was partitioned in the second half of the 19th century into three compact spaces.

The Palace Guard Room in Sintra National Palace

The Palace Guard Room

The National Palace of Sintra's Palace Guard Room, or Entrance Room, which was once an outdoor area, is the first room you will see after going through the Loggia. A pair of grand spiral stairs take you to the first floor. It was a room manned by "halberdiers," ceremonial guards who carried "glaives".

Gold Chamber in Sintra National Palace

Gold Chamber

The Gold Chamber or King Sebastião’s room was the third room of King João I and Queen Philippa of Lancaster's palace and a space where the monarch would host more illustrious visitors. Its supposed gold plating, which gave rise to its name, is known to have existed throughout the 15th and 16th centuries.

Pattern of wall in Mermaid room of Sintra National Palace

Mermaid Room

Due to the marine design that covers the ceiling, the wardrobe room is also called the Mermaid Room. It was frequented almost exclusively by the servants of the Portuguese Royal Family and was situated at the back of the Gold Chamber. The royals kept their clothing and other personal items in big wooden chests rather than closets or wardrobes.

Julius Caesar Room in Sintra National Palace

Julius Caesar Room

Three sections, which were believed to have supported the Mermaids Room itself, were combined to create the Julius Caesar Room. The room sports an exquisite Flemish tapestry recognized as the Julius Caesar tapestry, which dates to the 16th century and represents a moment in the life of the illustrious Roman ruler.

Crown Room in Sintra National Palace

Crown Room

Given its name, the Crown Room seems to be a prestigious space. The title, however, only refers to the royal coat of arms that was painted on the ceiling towards the end of the 18th century and not specifically to the room's vital importance. The Crown Room is one of the best places to appreciate Mudejar art's brilliance.

Crockery Room in Sintra National Palace

Crockery Room

It is unclear what the Crockery Room's original purpose was, making it a particularly intriguing room. It may have been an audience room, a sleeping chamber, or possibly just a basic storage area. Queen Maria Pia of Savoy changed it at the turn of the 20th century into what is currently known as a room used to keep the Royal Family's dining ware.

Arab Room in Sintra National Palace

Arab Room

The Arab Room, which once used to be a portion of the square tower, is a part of the Sintra National Palace's main structure. The top floor of this room completely fell during the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. King Manuel I installed the small exotic fountain and the Mudejar-style tile roof that give it its name.

Chambers of the Palace of King Joao III in Sintra National Palace

Chambers of the Palace of King Joao III

The seven Chambers of the Palace of King João III are spread across two floors. All seven chambers are not open to visitors. Previously, the hallway leading to the Heraldic Hall served as the entrance to the upper floor. It was followed by an 18th-century spiral staircase.

Chambers of King Alfonso VI in Sintra National Palace

Chambers of King Alfonso VI

These chambers, having been built around the 13th century are the oldest part of the National Palace of Sintra. The ceramic floor, which dates to the 1430s or 1440s, is a thing of beauty after almost 600 years. It is said that after being overthrown by his brother, King Alfonso VI of Portugal spent nine years of imprisonment in this room. 

Chambers of Queen Maria Pia in Sintra National Palace

Chambers of Queen Maria Pia

Queen Maria Pia chose to set up residence in the East wing of the former Palace of King Manuel I. Her apartments or chambers included a covered gallery, sitting room, bathroom, dressing room, wardrobe, and bedroom. King Pedro V and Queen Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen were the first occupants of this bedroom.

Plan your visit to Sintra National Palace

Getting There
Visitor Tips
Sintra National Palace Timings
How to Reach Sintra National Palace

Address: Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 Sintra, Portugal

Find on Maps

  • By Train: CP Sintra line from Lisbon
    Nearest Stop: Sintra
  • By Bus: 433 and 434
    Nearest Stop: Palacio Valencias
  • By Car: The distance from the Lisbon Airport is 21.9 km.
    Nearest Parking: Outside the Sintra National Palace
Facilities Available in Sintra National Palace
  • Accessibility: The Sintra National Palace is accessible to any visitor in a wheelchair. Anyone with limited mobility also has the option to reserve a manual wheelchair with a traction chassis.
  • Food and drinks: There is a cafe in one of the inner courtyards with charming interiors, a terrace, a water mirror, and running water in the Moorish style. However, if it is closed, you can also use the vending machines located near the palace entrance.
  • Shop: There is a shop at the end of the visiting circuit where you can buy souvenirs from your trip.
  • Photography: You are allowed to click pictures inside the National Palace of Sintra.
Attractions Near Sintra National Palace
  • Pena Palace: The Pena Palace in Lisbon is famous for its 19th-century Renaissance-style architecture. The historic villas, estates, gardens, and extravagance led to it being classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  • Quinta da Regaleira: Designed and built in the late 1800s, the Quinta da Regaleira consists of a Romantic palace, a luxurious park, and a chapel. The structure is primarily Gothic pinnacles, gargoyles, and a stunning octagonal tower.  
  • Jeronimos Monastery: The Jerónimos Monastery, also known as the Hieronymites Monastery, is a former Order of Saint Jerome monastery located in the Portuguese parish of Belém, next to the Tagus River, in the Lisbon Municipality.
  • Belem Towers: Belem Tower, also known as the Tower of Saint Vincent, is a 16th-century structure in Lisbon that functioned as a ceremonial entrance to Lisbon as well as a site of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers.
Tips to Note When Visiting Sintra National Palace
  • Dress in Layers: Sintra is comparatively cooler than Lisbon, due to its surrounding hills. Add a few layers of light jackets and take a scarf to beat the windy chill. 
  • Carry an Umbrella: Sintra experiences rainfall almost nine months of the year. Make sure to carry an umbrella to avoid getting drenched. 
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes: The National Palace has many significant rooms and intricate details. The tour is quite intensive and involves a lot of walking, so wear your most comfortable closed shoes. 
  • Keep it as the Last Destination: Keep Sintra National Palace as the last destination in your Sintra itinerary, as it is the nearest attraction to the train station, a 10 minutes walk away.
  • Visit the Palace Gardens: Make sure to visit the Palace gardens. They are included in the tickets.
  • Book Tickets Online: Book your Sintra National Palace tickets online well ahead of your planned trip to make the most of your time.

Beyond National palace of Sintra

Alcobaca Monastery
Batalha Monastery
Pena palace

Frequently asked questions about Sintra National Palace tickets

Where can I buy Sintra National Palace tickets?

It is recommended that you buy Sintra National Palace tickets online to secure your spot in advance and to ensure that you do not miss your attraction.

Can I buy Sintra National Palace tickets online?

Yes, you can buy Sintra National Palace tickets online. In fact, it is best to buy them online to save time. You no longer need to wait in long queues to enter the palace. 

What is the cost of Sintra National Palace tickets?

The Sintra National Palace tickets cost €13. You can also enjoy combo offers and visit the National Palace of Sintra and Queluz National Palace at €24.7. The combo ticket for Monserrate Palace and Park and the Sintra National Palace costs €23.75. 

Can I get a discount on Sintra National Palace tickets?

If you book Sintra National Palace tickets, you can enjoy great deals and discounts. If you are between 6 to 18 years of age and above 65 years of age, you will enjoy discounted prices at the Pena Palace. 

What to see at the Sintra National Palace?

There are lots of architectural styles and decorative elements from the yesteryears to see at the Sintra National Palace. From the Magpies’ Room to the Arab Room, to the personal chambers of the past monarchs, every room carries a story of a certain age. 

Where is Sintra National Palace located?

Sintra National Palace is located downhill from the Castle of the Moors in the historic town of Sintra. The address is Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 in Sintra, Portugal.

What are some of the highlights of Sintra National Palace?

Some highlights of Sintra National palace are the Heraldic Hall, the Pagoda Room, the Crown Room, and the Palace Guard Room. The diverse styles and elements of the palace tell the story of its transcultural heritage.

How to reach Sintra National Palace?

You can catch a train from the CP Sintra line to reach the palace. You can also catch a bus from routes 433 or 434 to reach Sintra National Palace.

What are the timings of Sintra National Palace?

The National Palace of Sintra opens at 9:30 AM and closes at 6:30 PM throughout the week. 

What facilities are available in Sintra National Palace?

Sintra National Palace offers wheelchairs for visitors with limited mobility. They have retail shops, a cafe, vending machines, and toilet facilities as well.

Is Sintra National Palace wheelchair accessible?

Sintra National Palace offers wheelchairs for visitors and is also accessible to visitors with limited mobility. 

Is photography allowed in Sintra National Palace?

Yes, you can click pictures inside the Sintra National Palace.

Is it worth visiting Sintra National Palace?

Over 1000 years old, the National Palace of Sintra is one of Portugal's most frequently visited historical museums and originally served as a luxurious royal palace. The Chapel, Great hall, and bedrooms belonging to the royal family tell the story of its rich cultural heritage and are not to be missed.