Set within the walls of a historical monastery complex, Mata Nacional do Bucaco stands as one of the country's top preserved natural areas. Visit the park and explore its 105 hectares (259 acres) of thickets and greenery, comprising nearly 700 plant species. Guided trail tours are available in English, and each offers a varying degree of hiking difficulty, as well as a focus on a certain part of the forest. Stop by the ornate church and little-used royal palace. While the forest is only 2 km (1.2 mi) from nearby Luso, the walk is uphill and extremely steep, so those with mobility issues should avoid going by foot. To visit Mata Nacional do Bucaco and get the most from your holiday in Luso, create itinerary details personal to you using our Luso vacation route planner.
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  • August 19, 2017
    the forest is very cool due to the very large trees and has much moisture in the soil. Great for strolling in the summer, along the various paths. Has many species of trees and shrubs, many of which a...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    The Park is beautiful, beautiful walk, beautiful 360 degree view, provide good shoes, water
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  • August 18, 2017
    Excellent location with nature and history. We can make some very nice walks inside the forest and gardens.
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  • July 21, 2017
    This parc is as beautiful as the nature in Sintra but less crowded and touristy. It is free if you enter on foot or bike . With a car it is 5 euro per car. We hiked for 4 hours but you can easily hike here all day.
  • September 9, 2016
    Certainly one of the most beautiful forest/garden of the country. The Palace is gorgeous (Manuelino style I think) but the walk in the wood is also worth the effort. Don't forget that if you start from the top, all you go down the hill you will have to climb up! There could be better signs to help people find their way easily but looking for your way back is also part of the experience...
  • January 22, 2017
    Fantastic park, you feel in a mixture between tropical forest and fairytale castle yard. hard to walk if not fit. Not recommended for buggy, wheelchair or crutches.
  • February 21, 2017
    Impressing palace, misterious enviroment, nice walk throught the forest.
  • December 31, 2016
    Beautiful place to spend a day in the middle of nature. Beautiful views

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