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Chalet da Condessa D'Edla
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Also known as the House of Indulgence (Casa do Regalo), this small attractive chalet was built between 1864 and 1869 for the King Ferdinand II and his second wife and opera singer Elise Hensler, the future Countess of Edla. The Chalet da Condessa d'Edla can be found in the western end of the Pena Park. The construction is deceptive, the external plaster work has been textured and painted to imitate wooden planks and give the impression of an Alpine chalet. Its interior covering two floors sees an extensive use of cork decoration, covering doors and window frames, eaves and verandas. Inside too you'll encounter many mural paintings, stucco work and glazed decorative tiles. The chalet has recently been renovated bringing it's original beauty back to life and is once again open to the public. The Countess followed the work of King Ferdinand and the Queen Amélia who contributed to transform and develop the Pena Park.

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Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla

The surrounding gardens have been planted with imported exotic plants and trees, some from as far as Australia and New Zealand. The garden features the Countess's Fernery, the Restharrow Garden, a Pergola, lakes and the Chalet Stones, a collection of group of granite boulders. The stunning scenery over the valley are accentuated by the views of the Moorish Castle, Pena Palace, Cruz Alta and the atlantic ocean in the far distance. The Royal couple were swept away with Romanticism, which was at it's peak at the time. They have used the landscape to the best effect to create one of the most idyllic and picturesque parks within Portugal as well a perfect hideaway from public life. In 1993 the Chalet of the Countess of Edla and it's gardens were classified as a Property of Public Interest.

09h30 –20h00, last ticket: 18h15, last admission: 19h00
Adult: €9.50, OAP & 6-17 yrs: €8.50, Family: €32.50, Child under 7: FREE.
Lisbon Card Lisbon Card: 10% discount

ONLINE TICKET | With this entrance ticket you can gain entry to Pena Palace and Park, including the Chalet da Condessa D'Edla, at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone…

Sintra Private Tour with Historian Miguel Boim

Private Tour with Historian Miguel Boim

After being picked up outside Sintra's train station you'll be in the safe hands of writer and historian Miguel Boim, an expert on local history and folklore. The tour will take you to Quinta da Regaleira, Palacio de Monserrate, Cabo da Roca, Praia da Adraga, Convento dos Capuchos, Park and National Palace of Pena and the Chalet da Condessa D’Edla, all admission included. Lunch is also included where you'll be treated with traditional Portuguese cuisine and warm hospitality.

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Sintra & Cascais Tours

Sintra & Cascais Tours

The Lisbon region boasts a number of top-notch sightseeing destinations and this private tour makes it simple to discover them. Meet your guide at your local hotel, or at the Sintra train station and set off. You’ll first go on an extensive tour of UNESCO-listed Sintra, famed for its many castles. Then, visit Cabo da Roca for Atlantic views before continuing to the seaside resort town of Cascais. The tour ends when you’re dropped off at your original departure point. Tour Sintra (including the Chalet da Condessa D’Edla), Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and more, all in one day!

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Full day private shared tour in a luxury van

Full day private shared tour in a luxury van

Sintra is one of the most charming, surprising and fascinating places in Portugal. Visiting Sintra in a proper way makes all the difference. It will change your perspective of the town and the cultural landscape of Sintra- UNESCO World heritage site. With us you can get to know the history and stories, the places and the secret spots. You don't have to waste precious time in queues to buy tickets. This private tour of up to seven people and ensures that you receive full dedicated attention from your guide.

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There's a café at the front of the chalet next to the ticket office/keepers house.

There are toilets on the ground floor and in the café.

There is a small car park near the entrance of the Pena Park. Recommend parking in the centre of Sintra and taking the Scotturb bus #434.

There are scheduled guided tours of the Pena Park grounds which include the Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla. You can also book a private tour: info@parquesdeSintra.pt
+351 219 237 300

There's a hop-on hop-off transfer service available between with-in the Pena Park with five stops along the route including the Pena Palace and the Chalet of the Countess d'Edla. Sign language trained staff, manual wheelchairs available on reservation, traction equipment for wheelchairs, ramps are implemented in certain rooms, adapted WC on the ground floor. NOTE: The second floor is not accessible to persons with mobility restrictions.

The Sintra Bus Route Map


There are hiking trails signposted between the historic centre and the National Palace of Pena.

Take the IC19 from Lisbon, IC30 from Mafra or EN9 turning off the A5 motorway to Cascais. Once you have arrived in the town's historic centre it's best to leave the car and take the #434 bus to Pena Palace and park.

The Scotturb bus #434 leaves from Sintra Train station and takes you to the Pena Palace.

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Contact Details
Estrada da Pena, Sintra, Portugal. | 38º 47' 09.4" N | 09º 23' 58.5" W
+351 219 237 300 | info@parquesdeSintra.pt |  Website