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. Plan to visit Monserrate Palace and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sintra attractions using our Sintra trip planner .
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  • If you are feeling energetic you can walk up to Montserrat Palace but I would advise taking the hop on hop off bus. The bus was They are frequent and cheap. Beautiful gardens, beautiful palace. The ar...  more »
  • Beautiful House, wonderful architecture... but got it quickly around, no furniture, empty rooms... relaxing garden ideal for dive fuck away from the crowd of Sintra... entry a bit expensive for four...
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  • Away from the crowd of Sintra, Park and Palace very pleasant, nice surprise in the park with areas themed to the vegetation. The visit of the Palace is quick but interesting. Small café with tables outside for a break in the quiet in the green.
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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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