Monserrate Palace, Sintra

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Architectural Building
Nestled on a gentle green slope, Monserrate Palace 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. To visit Monserrate Palace on your holiday in Sintra, and find out what else Sintra has to offer, use our Sintra trip itinerary planner.
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  • Sintra, it's truly a wonder. Not only the Palace is beautiful, but gardens reveal many species of plants and trees in a sumptuous setting. For the disabled, opportunity to visit the gardens in an electric car.
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  • The Palace, although small and with few rooms, it is very nice. Failure perhaps decorated in different rooms, which are rather empty, though the architectural elements by themselves make it worth the visit. It is also highly recommended to stroll through its vast gardens, divided into distinct areas, as a Mexican garden, a rose garden, ferns, ponds, a Prairie... It is easily reachable by public transport.
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  • Nice walking distance from parking-lot. Uphill but very nice to walk there. Castle itself is smallish and in nice viewpoint. Loved the emptyness.  more »
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  • Great place to visit whilst in Sintra. The gardens are fantastic with trees, plants and lakes dedicated to various global regions. The palace itself is also impressive and is included in the reasonable entrance fee. Not as many crowds due to the fact the palace is just slightly out of the main historical town.
  • Review of the Park: Bring some walking sneakers, even though the park isn't too big, it's just the right size, with some slopes. Most of the park is well protected by the forest, making it quite fresh even during summer. Lots of flora to appreciate, many kinds of flowers and trees. Everything was neatly kept, including the big green grass in front of the palace. At the time of my visit, only a few spots under maintenance. Review of the Palace: Small palace (compared with Pena Palace, for example), but well kept - the hallways are a tribute to islamic culture. A photo exhibit was taking place on the upper floot. Outside, near the entrance of the park, there are a few tables for picnics. Price is very resonable.
  • One of several Palaces "in" SIntra - it's not actually in Sintra but it's close - Monserrate is a "must see". If I were going to see it again I'd likely go on the city sightseeing bus, but only as I was staying in Sintra more than one day. That bus at 18 euros goes everywhere you should go and you can hop on and hop off, ticket valid 24 hours. My visit was in late October 2016. Weather still warm, and I had Monserrate mainly to myself - this was helped as I was early there. The main building is stunning, as is the story behind it which I won't spoil for you.The gardens were past their best - no criticism just a fact of visiting at that time - but still lovely, and it's worth strolling round them all. And the view's pretty good too! Like every other tourist attraction I visited the toilets were spotless, the café clean and inviting and the gift shop rubbish! Seriously rubbish! Spend a few hours there enjoying the gardens and house. Honestly. You'll thank me!
  • Gorgeous palace with an amazing garden and giant trees. Although it doesn't have the mystical vibe of the quinta regaleira, this place deserves a visit. The interior is magnificent.
  • Nice place to visit and to Stay, at least at the park, the palace is nice to visit but the best part is the park and the views, the price is overall, could be cheaper, nothing bad.