Monserrate Palace, Sintra

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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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  • The park is very nice that surrounds the palace. The palace is not furnished unfortunately, but it is structured very interesting and has nice style. The small bedrooms are very interesting placed on ...  more »
  • This is a stunning "home" and estate! It reminded me of the wealth that the families of Newport, in Rhode Island would have had. The walk in is lovely, but it's all uphill on the way back, so be prepa...  more »
  • This palace is beautiful on its own merits. It does not have the amazing location or unique architecture of Palace of Pena, but it is exotic with heavy Arabic influence and eclecticism in other parts....  more »
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  • Really enjoy the palace and it's surroundings, it not fade on comparison of other major attractions of Sintra, it has beautiful gardens.
  • The Palace is amazing with its stucco and carving walls. It is not far away from Sintra (40 min by foot) and it's a great fun just to walk to the park and through it, as landscapes around are very picturesque.
  • Both the palace and the gardens are astonishing. Well worth a visit if you're in Sintra for more than a 1 day stay.
  • This elegant estate has been very well renovated. It's fun to walk around the gardens too.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Sintra

For quick and easy access to Sintra's array of authentic buildings and historical sites, stay in the town's World Heritage-listed center perched atop a hill. By staying in the midst of the action, you'll be within walking distance of most of the town's main sights and you'll avoid the challenging parking situation that day-trippers and those staying further outside of the city face. For a real authentic experience, check into one of the many small boutique hotels, guesthouses, or hostels tucked in among the city's winding streets and 19th-century architecture, many of which sit high on the rugged slope near the national palace in mainly residential areas.
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