Considered to be one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe is the Palace of Queluz situated 30 minutes away from Lisbon, Portugal. The palace was built in the 18th century after being designed by Mateus Vicente de Oliveira. The palace was originally conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza but was also used by Queen Maria I. Over the years the palace fell out of favour with Portuguese sovereigns and fell into the hands of the state. It is now used as a guest house for visiting foreign heads of state.
The palace is situated in Queluz which is a 30-minute car journey from Lisbon. Public transport makes this sight accessible to everyone. From Lisbon get on the number 101 bus from the city centre that goes to the palace. You can also get the train to the palace from all of Lisbon's major train stations. Get on a train on the Sintra Line and get off at stations ‘Queluz-Belas’ or ‘Monte Abrão’, which are a 10 minute walk away from the palace.
Opening Times and Admission
The palace and its gardens are open to visitors daily, 9am-6pm. The last admission is set for 5 pm. Admission prices are set at 9 euros for adults and 7.50 euros for concessions.