Parques De Sintra Parque E Palacio Da Pena Tuia Gigante

Photography Itinerary

Another perspective of Sintra

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Places to Visit

Park and Palace of Pena
Moorish Castle

More than just an image, a good photograph acts as the mirror of a moment and a feeling. Let yourself be enchanted by the contrasting light and colours of Sintra, true gifts to the camera lens, capturing a past that is distant yet still so close you can feel it.

01 Fotografia

1 DAY

We recommend starting the itinerary at 05:45

Difficulty

Hard - Some steep climbs and stairs

Photography

Permitted in outdoor spaces

Route

On foot, no transfers required

Place of Departure

Main Gate of the National Palace of Pena

(Palácio Pena)

Morning

Our day starts early at the highest point of the hills at High Cross. Take advantage of the first rays of sun on the horizon to ignite your imagination. The light's reflection shines over Pena, with yellow, pink and red tones illuminating a charming setting where nature and architecture come together in a perfect symbiosis.

Parques De Sintra Parque E Palacio Da Pena Cruz Alta (1)
1
30 min

High Cross

06:00
30 min

We start the day at the Main Gate of the Park of Pena at 5h:45 to climb to the highest point of the mountain, at an altitude of 529 metres. Take advantage of the first rays of sun on the horizon to ignite your imagination. The dawning day shines over the Palace, offering yellow and red tones that illuminate a charming setting where nature and architecture merge in perfect harmony.

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Parques De Sintra Parque E Palacio Da Pena Alto Santa Catarina
2
30 min

St Catherine’s Heights

07:00
30 min

Also known as the 'Queen's Throne', this was one of Queen Amelia's favourite places. With a throne carved in rock, this viewpoint offers a unique view of the Palace and its colours.

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Parques De Sintra Parque E Palacio Da Pena Templo Colunas
3
30 min

Temple of Columns

08:00
30 min

You cannot help but admire the sunshine that passes through the majestic columns of this temple and the surrounding forest. Take advantage of this place at an early hour to best admire the forms sculpted by the rays of morning light.

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Parques De Sintra Parque E Palacio Da Pena Porta Monumental
4
15 min

Palace of Pena Monumental Door

09:00
15 min

This majestic fortified arch marks the entrance to the access tunnel to the residential wings of the palace. This is an ideal place to admire the patterns and textures of the decorative motifs of this unique architectural heritage.

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Parques De Sintra Parque E Palacio Da Pena Caminho Ronda
5
15 min

Palace of Pena Round Path

9:15
15 min

Take the path over the outer walls of the Palace and enjoy views of the unique landscape over the Moorish Castle and the plains of the Sintra Valley that reach all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

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6
15 min

Palace of Pena Courtyard of Arches

09:30
15 min

This spacious courtyard provides an architecturally framed view, with a strong contrast between the yellow of the arches and the blue of the ocean.

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Parques De Sintra Parque E Palacio Da Pena Terraco Tritao
7
30 min

Palace of Pena Triton’s Terrace

10:00
30 min

The imposing Triton, a legendary and typically medieval figure, appears as the guardian of this tunnel.

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Parques De Sintra Parque E Palacio Da Pena Feteira Rainha
8
15 min

Queen’s Fern Valley

11:00
15 min

In honour of Queen Amelia, the last Queen of Portugal, this site contains exotic fern species, including several Australian and New Zealand arboreal fern species. The exuberance of the plants makes this a magical place.

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Parques De Sintra Parque E Palacio Da Pena Tuia Gigante (1)
9
15 min

Giant Cedar

11:30
15 min

At around 150 years old, this giant tree is one of the most remarkable elements of the Park of Pena. Native to the northwest coast of North America, the peculiar shape of its canopy makes it one of the most photographed trees in Portugal.

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Parques De Sintra Chalet E Jardim Da Condessa Dedla Pedras Chalet
10
15 min

Chalet Stones

11:45
15 min

This monumental set of granite blocks is an important scenic element of the Garden of the Countess. Its benches and various look out points allow you to admire this space and offer a stunning view of the Palace of Pena and the Chalet of the Countess of Edla.

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Parques De Sintra Chalet E Jardim Da Condessa Dedla Chalet
11
30 min

Chalet of the Countess of Edla

12:00
30 min

In a perfect scenographic setting, the Chalet created as a refuge and recreational space for King Ferdinand II and his second wife, Elise Hensler, the Countess of Edla.

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Parques De Sintra Parque E Palacio Da Pena Fonte Dos Passarinhos E Vale Dos Lagos
12
30 min

Valley of the Lakes

13:00
30 min

The Valley of the Lakes is a mirror of the harmony struck between the green of nature and the purity of the water which reflects the rays of sunlight passing through the leaves.

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Moorish Castle

TARDE

Quite different from the other noble and manor houses of Sintra, the Moorish Castle allows us to dive deeply into the history of the region through the secrets held in its walls.

Parques De Sintra Castelo Dos Moutos Muralhas 02
13
1 hour

Ring of Castle Walls

15:00
1 hour

This walk along the walls offers a unique view over the National Palaces of Pena and Sintra. Get ready to take many panoramic photographs.

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Parques De Sintra Castelo Dos Mouros Torrereal (1)
13
30 min

Royal Tower

16:00
30 min

There are 200 steps to reach the Royal Tower, the highest point of the Castle. Find inspiration in King Ferdinand II's favourite place to paint.

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Parques De Sintra Castelo Dos Mouros Antigas Cavalaricas
14
30 min

Silos

17:00
30 min

These structures were once used for the storage of grains and legumes by Muslim populations. Their characteristic forms provide a unique photo opportunity.

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Park and Palace of Pena

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