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At the Apex of Time

01 National Palace Of Pena Credits PSML EMIGUS




29th of May of 2021, at 10 a.m.


National Palace of Pena



Meeting Point

Store of the National Palace of Pena


+351 21 923 73 00

During the visit ‘At the Apex of Time’, led by the curator and restorer responsible for restoring this complex time machine, visitors will discover how the clock was brought back to life after remaining silent for decades. They’ll be welcomed inside the Clock Tower, leading to a tower of the palace that is not included in the tour circuit. Visitors will climb a steep and a narrow spiral staircase, visiting the mechanism that powers this remarkable example of high-precision mechanical engineering through different floors before reaching the top of the tower, the highest point in the Sintra Mountains, offering spectacular views.


Entry via a steep, narrow staircase. Not recommended for people with vertigo or claustrophobia, nor children under 12 years old. The activity will be cancelled in the event of rain.


Adult/Senior (>18 years old)
30 €
Junior (6-17 years old)
10 €
Per family (2 adults + 2 juniors)
70 €


You can make your experience even more memorable with a welcome drink, a brunch, a lunch, a picnic or a cocktail. Reservations via e-mail ([email protected] ) 72 hours in advance.

Welcome drink (morning)

  • Menu: orange juice; water; coffee; Queijadas de Sintra (traditional cheesecakes)
  • Price 2 people: 16 €


Themed brunch

  • Menu: Scone; toast; croissant; grain bread; butter; candy; ham; cheese; yogurt; granola; quiche; apple cake with cinnamon; queijada (traditional cheesecake); fruit; natural juice; water; tea or galão (hot drink made with espresso and milk) or hot chocolate; coffee
  • Price 2 people: 25 €



  • Menu: Soup; salad; hot meal; dessert; juice or water; coffee
  • Price 2 people: 32 €



  • Menu: Pork loin, cheese and lettuce sandwich; rustic bread with chorizo; quiche; savouries; cake or muffin; salad; french fries; queijadas de Sintra (traditional cheesecakes); fruit; water; juice; tea or coffee
  • Price 2 people: 38 €
  • Family price (2 adults + 2 children up to 12 years old): 52 €


Cocktail (afternoon)

  • Menu: White wine; orange juice; water; queijadas from Sintra (traditional cheesecake)
  • Price 2 people: 20 €

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