Parque e Palacio de Monserrate, Sintra

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Nestled on a gentle green slope, Parque e Palacio de Monserrate presents a mix of Portuguese, Arabian, and Indian architectural styles surrounded by gardens of exotic plants. Built in 1858 for Sir Francis Cook--one of Britain's three richest men at the time--the palace features a range of styles and details that are uncommon on the Iberian Peninsula. Join a guided tour or take a leisurely walk around the site. Watch for lavishly decorated windows, walls, and arches, and walk through long hallways lined with marble pillars. View opulent gardens that host rare and expensive plants, and look for the remains of an old chapel at the site amidst the thick roots of overgrown trees. Make Parque e Palacio de Monserrate a centerpiece of your Sintra vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Sintra trip planner.
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  • The ornate decor and pleasing gardens make this a fascinating place to visit. It was not very busy when I was there, which helps! 
    The ornate decor and pleasing gardens make this a fascinating place to visit. It was not very busy when I was there, which helps!  more »
  • It’s a great piece of Portuguese story . I was with a guide and the history of this place is amazing 🤩 The gardens are magical and have some unique plants. I did a picnic 🧺 there and was great ! 
    It’s a great piece of Portuguese story . I was with a guide and the history of this place is amazing 🤩 The gardens are magical and have some unique plants. I did a picnic 🧺 there and was great !  more »
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  • Take your time. Worth allowing a slow walk through the stunning, cleverly planted gardens. Prepare to be amazed by the delicately intricate interior of this utterly beautiful Moorish paláçio. Highly recommended. Take a BOLT driven car to arrive then perhaps do the walk back into town, if you have good walking shoes! Enjoy
  • Sintra has a large collection of manor houses and formal/special gardens. Monserrate is one of the newest to have been redone, a relatively small palace/house which packs a punch when it comes to interior design. Works are still ongoing so you may get to see craftspeople carefully redoing parts of the walls or ceiling decorations. The gardens are very nice for a wander, full of exotic plants and little books and crannies to explore. Slightly quieter than others in the same area, as usual very limited parking so be prepared or better yet - take the bus.

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