Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is inviting GCC travellers to go back in time to discover the magical life and world of Portugal’s monarchy. For nearly 800 years Lisbon was home to the country’s Kings and Queens, throughout these extravagant times, the ruling royal families built magnificent fairy-tale residences that pushed the boundaries of Portuguese architecture.
From the imperial hilltop National Palace of Pena and the presidential Belém Palace, to the last royal residence, Ajuda National Palace, Portugal’s hilly capital is full of beautiful buildings filled with picturesque beauty and decades of history. GCC travellers staying at the luxurious Corinthia Hotel Lisbon can walk across to either the metro or train station, both of which are just minutes away, to explore the palaces between Lisbon and the mountainous town of Sintra.
National Palace of Pena
Perched over a hill in the Sintra Mountains on the outskirts of Lisbon, the National Palace of Pena is both flamboyant and opulent. Also known as the Feather Palace, the property is a captivating mix of styles including Neo-Gothic, Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Islamic and Neo-Manueline, and also widely believed to have inspired Walt Disney’s iconic Disneyland Castle. Visitors are welcome to tour the striking palace and its surrounding lands buzzing with captivating history and regional heritage.
National Palace of Sintra
Not too far from the National Palace of Pena is one of the oldest palaces in Portugal. The National Palace of Sintra stands proudly in the centre of Sintra and is instantly recognisable by its giant conical chimneys. The iconic medieval building was built in the 9th century as a palatial residence for Moorish governors, and during Portugal’s monarchy era, it became the royal residence of King John I of Portugal.
Now, travellers can explore the palace’s beautiful rooms, like the Sala dos Brasões, a space famed for its extraordinary tile panels depicting scenes of historical imperial life.
National Palace of Queluz
Located between Sintra and Lisbon, the National Palace of Queluz is one of the most romantic palaces in Portugal. An 18th century building with a strong Portuguese influence, the palace was the summer home of King Pedro III of Portugal and Queen Maria I.
It’s acclaimed for its palatial architecture and landscaped gardens, both of which illustrate the evolution of the Court’s tastes, with hints of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical design. Travellers are free to explore the grounds and catch a glimpse of life as an 18th century royal.
Ajuda National Palace
Once the royal family moved into Ajuda National Palace in the mid-1800s, they never left. Built after an earthquake that destroyed the former official residence, Ajuda National Palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Its early Neo-classical exterior encases the lavish Baroque interiors and majestic rooms, which travellers can explore through a guided tour. The palace is now also a museum that displays important collections of decorative arts dating as far back as the 15th century.
A short walk away from Ajuda National Palace is Belém Palace, the former residence of royals like John V of Portugal and Joseph I of Portugal. The building’s striking pink façade catches the eye of every passer-by.
This palace has been used as the official residence of the President of the Republic since the monarchy was abolished in 1910. As it’s a working residence, opening times are limited, but travellers can book tours on Saturday, or visit the Presidency Museum, which is open every day except Monday.
Travellers staying at the five-star property can take advantage of the ‘Escape and Rejuvenate’ package which is perfect after long days of exploring Sintra and Lisbon. The packages includes a total relaxation massage at the hotels Spa and Wellness Club, buffet breakfast and complete access to their heated indoor swimming pool and gym.