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Penha Palace (Palacio da Pena)

Palácio da Pena (or Castelo da Pena) was begun in 1839, when the King Consort Dom Fernando II of Saxe Coburg-Gotha purchased the former Hieronymite monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena. It was built in a hectic-romantic style and surrounded by a gardenesque park and garden, understandably popular with tourists.

Palácio da Pena, Sintra, Portugal

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  • almost 2 years by be-am 5 / 5

    These are actually two large gardens joined together - the Park of Pena and the Garden of the Countess of Edla. Both are landscape gardens with various features - ponds, towers, fern gardens, stables, temples, chapels, basins, hills, fabulous lookouts etc, all in a phantastic surrounding, giant trees of all sorts between huge rocks. We walked there all day in November - just an unbelievable place! Castle itself is comparable with Neuschwanstein kitsch in a way; the moorish court yard and the whole setting though is also phantastic! Must go!
  • about 3 years by Jeanne 5 / 5

    I cannot say enough about how breathtaking and amazing this place is. It is not, however, for the faint of heart nor failing of strength. Worth the unnerving 2€ bus ride up, worth the 16€ ticket price, worth all the walking through the enchanting forest garden.

    It does not get any better than this. I would wait until kids are aged ten and up so that they will remember it, and I would go before you get to age 60 so you can still do it, but go, go now, this year. It is wonderful.

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