Pena Palace truly is the fairy tale castle it’s depicted to be. Set high up on a mountain, the castle was once the summer palace for the royal family, as it looks all the way to Lisbon on one side, and out to the west coast on the other side.
Tourism through the palace is a well-oiled operation. The queue is lengthy, but winds through every room in the palace, through the domestic quarters, to the diplomat’s dining rooms. Everything is preserved well by the caretakers and in great condition.
My advice would be to explore the grounds. The perimeter of the castle showcases stunning architectural influences and views of Portugal . There’s also a little nature walk through to a small summit that gives you nice views of the castle as well. Apparently public transport is few and far between, so unless you want to walk up a mountain I’d recommend jumping on a tour or hiring a car. Visiting this palace is definitely worth the effort though, it captures a slice of Portuguese history in one of the most beautiful areas in the world.
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