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Parque da Pena

Parque da Pena
Fruit of D. Fernando II´s vivid imagination, Pena Park reflects the intellectual and artistic trends of the nineteenth century, the era of Romanticism. Together with architect, Baron de Eschwege and engineer, Baron Kessler, D. Fernando drew up plans for the entire park, which came to involve Pena Palace.

Rejecting the formal rigidity of classical gardens and respecting the rugged terrain, soil fertility, climactic singularity of the mountains, and breathtaking views, D. Fernando II attempted to simulate an almost perfect state of nature. Just as Pena Palace is based on architectural follies, inspired from opera settings and distant lands, the Park was also designed with diverse and contrasting environments, distinguished by the presence of many surprising and exotic features. In order to implement this idea, D. Fernando II integrated the vestiges left by the Jeronimo monks within the park and palace.

He designed lakes connected via waterfalls, and imported species from the four corners of the world into the forests and woodlands - Japanese Cedars, ferns from New-Zealand, cedar trees from the Lebanon, araucarias from Brazil, arborvitae from North America, and countless species from Portugal - a total of over 2,000. The king also littered the park with extravagant pavilions, fountains, springlets, small secluded corners and miradors.

The visiting time for the park's sign-posted itinerary is normally around 1 hour and 15 minutes (around 4 km).

Pena Park has a restaurant and cafeteria. When arriving in the town of Sintra there are signs indicating the way to Pena Park. There are also public transport buses from the town centre to Pena Park.
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Parque de Monserrate - Estrada de Monserrate - 2710-405 Sintra


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