Sintra Sights

Parque de Monserrate

  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

This estate, 4 km (2½ miles) west of Sintra, was laid out by Scottish gardeners in the mid-19th century at the behest of a wealthy Englishman, Sir Francis Cook. The centerpiece is the Moorish-style, three-dome Palácio de Monserrate. The original palace was built by the Portuguese viceroy of India, and was later home to Gothic novelist William Beckford. A regular ticket allows you to visit the park and part of the palace, and there are guided 1½-hour tours available at various times throughout the day. The gardens, with their streams, waterfalls, and Etruscan tombs, are famed for an array of tree and plant species, though labels are lacking.

Sight Information


Estrada da Monserrate, Sintra, Lisbon, 2710-405, Portugal



Sight Details:

  • €5, guided tours of palace and garden €10
  • Apr.–mid-Sept., daily 10–1 and 2–7; mid-Sept.–Mar., daily 10:30–1 and 2–5. Last admission 30 min before closing

Published 12/10/2015


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