Located at a considerable height, from which it overlooks the entire valley, the Pena Palace allows you to enjoy a stunningly beautiful landscape from any angle. It is surrounded by a large garden that offers a walk of up to six miles. In the garden the extensive vegetation, rare trees and beautiful surroundings are a delight. This is an idyllic location and certainly worth the visit. Sintra has much to offer, but it is always a surprise to find a place like this, a place we had not heard of and which was a real discovery with beauty radiating from the site and six miles of trails can be covered within the huge garden. From the top of a hill a wonderful view of the Castle and its surroundings can be enjoyed. It is truly great.
The garden that surrounds the palace have different zones ( a lake, a tower, a water fountain....) and they are also connected to each other by secret passageways. It’s easy to spend even a whole afternoon here.
The ticket for the palace and the gardens cost 8, but you can only visit the gardens for 5
This beautiful palace of Sintra is currently being restored. The city is a World Heritage Site because it has everything: castles, museums, and palaces. It is a charming place where everything seems magical, including the beautiful coastline. There are a few miles of beaches actually, so it would be a perfect place for a holiday. Other palaces that really struck me were the Pena Palace (located in the top of a hill and surrounded by lush vegetation) and Seteais and Regaleira.
It is one of the places you cannot miss if you are in Oporto. Also worth a visit is the Cathedral, the Romantic Museum and the most beautiful Lello bookstore in the world, where they filmed scenes for the Harry Potter movies. In Oporto you can sit and have a drink in front of the Duero and watch the boats and take some photos. There is an iron bridge of 6 having Oporto it did in the 19th century the same genius that made the Eifel Totto, and especially watch your possessions, and changes everywhere.
Guimaraes is a good place to take a trip if you're leaving from Oporto, for example. You take a train in Sao Bento and in an hour or less you're there. It's only about a ten minute walk from the station to the center. Both the Palace and the Castle are on a hill nearby, which you can easily walk to. The Palace is very well preserved. If you go there you can see a tapestry collection from the factory they had in Pastrana, Guadalajara province, right here in Spain. Always nice to go abroad and learn something about your own country. You have some photos of the Palace made of the Castle and from the outside.
The Royal Palace of Queluz is one of the main palaces of the Portuguese royal family, which from its construction became the main residence of the members of the House of Braganza. Around population developed Queluz, Lisbon city near the municipality of Sintra. He did build in 1747 the infant, and then King, Peter III at the site occupied by a palace rural home of the Marquises of Castelo Rodrigo. The main body of the palace began in 1758 under the orders of Queen Mary. From 1755, the palace became very important as a result of the devastation of the city of Lisbon after the Great earthquake of November 1, 1755. People know it as the Portuguese Versailles, and it was come together by the participation of the best architects, decorators and gardeners in Europe. Together, they all turned this Royal Palace into an incredible 18th century architectural masterpiece. Although the French and Italian influences, the palace has features typically Portuguese, such as blue tile, the famous tiles. In 1807, the French occupied, and did great damage to the palace. From there, it went into gradual decline resulting from the construction of various other palaces in Sintra.
A Baroque building built 1753-1754 by André Soares. In 1863, the street in front was opened to get a better view of the palace. From 1883 the Holy House of Mercy installed some services of the Hospital de San Marcos and in 1956 it was declared a Site of Public Interest. The building is very nice, though when we went the streets, like most of Braga, were under construction.
Vila Viçosa is 35 kilometers from Elvas. This is a lovely city with white walls and colorful geraniums. Palazzo Ducale is the main attraction of the city. It was built under the patronage of the fourth Duke of Braganza in 1501. Its marble facade from the 17th century is incredible. Once inside you can see: A library, and several museums such as the carriages, the armory, etc..
The Episcopal Palace of Braga is very strange because it took such a long time to build (since the s. XIV to XVIII). Inside its buildings we can see the evolution of architectural styles. The part of the wall is the oldest, and was constructed with granite and resembles a fortress. We don´t know exactly if you can enter the courtyard to see this part closer, but still it is well worth seeing. Also you can go a little way to Santa Barbara Garden to see everything much better.
One of the loveliest civic buildings in Barcelos is the House of Beça (or Bessa) Meneses, at the end of Avenida De la Libertad. It was constructed in the 18th century and has two levels which showcase its facade, made of granite around the many windows, with shells and plumes. There is a large coat of arms on the center window, and the gorgeous wrought iron railings in curve around the windows of the lower floor.
The Episcopal Palace is located in the upper part of the city (the Batalha district), in a large square where you can also find the Cathedral and the Casa del Cabildo. The building was built during the thirteenth century and remodeled in the eighteenth by Bishop Rafael de Mendonça. His coat of arms appears on the front entrance. These works were designed by Nicolau Nasoni, although executed by Francisco da Silva. It is a very large building with three floors. The main facade is made up of numerous windows and balconies that are framed by granite pediments; those on the upper levels have steel railings.
I photographed this building as I was struck by its facade. Then I discovered that it was the Belmarco Palace, one of the most emblematic buildings of Faro, which houses official administrative offices. It's in the vicinity of the Walls, Plaza de San Francisco and the Castle, on the corner of San Francisco and José María Brandeiro streets. It has 2 floors, topped by a kind of tower and was built as the residence of a wealthy merchant (named Belmarco) in the early twentieth century. It has traces of art nouveau style and what catches your attention is the tower facade, wrought-iron balconies and decorative elements made of carved stone (such as head of a woman next to the access door).
The Episcopal Palace is in Plaza de la Catedral, joined to the Episcopal Seminary by one of the arches leading to the historical center, just next to City Hall. It's a fairly large building, which occupies an entire block, with a white facade. It was built in the sixteenth century for Bishop Alfonso de Castelo Branco and since it's still an episcopal residence it can not be visited inside.
This palace was not indicated on the tourist information map, and I didn't think it would be that interesting, but I found it by chance when I got off the Funicular Guindais off at Batalha and took the street that takes you to the Cathedral.
According to a sign next to the building, it was built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as a family residence for the Counts de Azevedo, although it is now used for municipal administration and public services. It has two floors and multiple windows, a simple façade that can be accessed via a staircase.
This palace is in Largo da Senhora-A-Branca, on the corner of Avenida 31 de Janeiro. It was previously a hotel, but is now under construction to turn it into a residential building for luxury housing. It's fairly large, 2-storey and the main façade is typically Portuguese architecture, with decorative carved stone elements framing the door and windows. The upper floor is topped with a granite baluster and a sort of pediment with a rosette carved with floral motifs and vases on the sides. A little is the Church of Nossa Senhora-A-Branca and the Parish Church of St. Victor.