Parque da Pena, Sintra
The Parque da Pena are the park lands that surround the beautiful Palacio Nacional da Pena and extend across the highest reaches of the Serra De Sintra. The Parque da Pena contains an abundance of exotic non-native Portuguese plants all shaded under the dense forest trees. Within the park there are pleasant short walks connecting to monuments and viewpoints. It is very easy for tourist just to visit the Pena Palace and terraces while completely overlooking the expansive grounds.
Parque da Pena Tourist Information
The entrance fee for the park is €10.00/€8.00 (adult/child) and this includes the terraces of the Pena Palace. The opening times of Pena park are 10:00 until 19:30 (summer) or 17:30 (winter).
Further Information about the Pena Park
The Parque da Pena and the Palacio Nacional da Pena were designed as one. It was envisaged that from the palace the visitors to the royal court would see a blanket of trees and these cover over 200 hectares. There are estimated to be over 2,000 different species of plants with in the boundaries of the park and such exotic species from New-Zealand and the south Americas. The park has several paths and sidewalks, gardens with numerous buildings, bridges, caves, garden benches, arbors and fountains.
Major Sights of the Pena Park
One of the most noticeable features of the Parque da Pena is the large statue of King Fernando II that is positioned on a granite outcrop of rocks approximately half a mile from the palace. The statue is 3 meters and is made of stone apart from the spear which is iron. The statue of King Fernando II lies at the top of the outcrop and is not readily accessible from any of the park’s foot paths.
The highest point of the Serra De Sintra is clearly signed to the south of the Park and provides wonderful views over the colourful palace. This walk takes approximately 30 minutes and reaches a height of 529 meters. To the east of the park are large and deep lakes with an assortment of fish and ducks which are treat as royalty if their hutches are anything to go by!
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