Parque de Monserrate
Parque de Monserrate
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • FamilyofFiveSF
    San Mateo, California115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Monserrate Palace worth a visit!
    A visit to Monserrate Palace in Sintra is definitely worth it. This gem is a beautiful example of moorish revival architecture. It is an exquisite villa that most recently belonged to the Cooke family and is stunning but small enough to explore in an hour.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Julia Ray
    St. Petersburg, Russia3,117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    Very atmospheric place. The first thing that impresses is the architecture of the park, the beautiful view areas, the stunning view of the green slope from the terrace of the palace. Of course, in hot weather it is hard to walk on very steep cobbled paths. But there is a solution - wait for a minibus (for an extra fee). The palace itself is small and it's hard to take a moment to photograph the beautiful lacework of the main gallery. The rooms show examples of furniture and interestingly, explanations and photos are given of how it was when the owners lived there. Finally, the place is less popular than Pena Palace, although there are plenty of people, a pleasant walk through the huge park. People with mobility problems will find it a bit difficult. There is a cafe within the park. There is a car park at the entrance to the park, it's free, just make sure you have a space.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Sintra Explorers
    Lisbon, Portugal195 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worths the Visit
    Stunning palace with amazing gardens. The architecture is unique and mesmerizing. Very well worth the visit. There is less crowd compared to other Sintra attractions like Pena palace and Quinta de Regaleira.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Palace but Poorly Managed
    The Palace is a little out of the way but we didn’t have any trouble catching taxis to get there and back. The building is very impressive and its history is well laid out via English signage. I only wish it still had furnishings. The photos of it when it was furnished looked great. The gardens were also very nice although we didn’t see a lot of them. We grabbed lunch at their cafeteria which worked out well. The food was reasonably priced. The place seemed to be poorly managed. The regular path to the Palace was closed due to a rockslide (I think). The employees at the entrance didn’t mention it and there were no signs telling you where to go. They also have a small shuttle that it takes people to the front gate based on a set schedule. We waited for it but it never showed up. We made the mistake of buying tickets and an audio guide in advance thinking that it would save us time. It didn’t as the audio guide never worked and the woman taking tickets got very annoyed when we asked for assistance. She wasn’t exactly a people person. Overall, I liked the Palace a lot but I would have had a much better experience if it was better managed. I consider it an optional stop in Sintra.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Palace is a little out of the way but we didn’t have any trouble catching taxis to get there and back. The building is very impressive and its history is well laid out via English signage. I only wish it still had furnishings. The photos of it when it was furnished looked great.

The gardens were also very nice although we didn’t see a lot of them. We grabbed lunch at their cafeteria which worked out well. The food was reasonably priced.

The place seemed to be poorly managed. The regular path to the Palace was closed due to a rockslide (I think). The employees at the entrance didn’t mention it and there were no signs telling you where to go. They also have a small shuttle that it takes people to the front gate based on a set schedule. We waited for it but it never showed up.

We made the mistake of buying tickets and an audio guide in advance thinking that it would save us time. It didn’t as the audio guide never worked and the woman taking tickets got very annoyed when we asked for assistance. She wasn’t exactly a people person.

Overall, I liked the Palace a lot but I would have had a much better experience if it was better managed. I consider it an optional stop in Sintra.
Written 20 September 2023
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Sintra Explorers
Lisbon, Portugal195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Stunning palace with amazing gardens. The architecture is unique and mesmerizing. Very well worth the visit. There is less crowd compared to other Sintra attractions like Pena palace and Quinta de Regaleira.
Written 11 September 2023
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Julia Ray
St. Petersburg, Russia3,117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very atmospheric place. The first thing that impresses is the architecture of the park, the beautiful view areas, the stunning view of the green slope from the terrace of the palace.
Of course, in hot weather it is hard to walk on very steep cobbled paths.
But there is a solution - wait for a minibus (for an extra fee).
The palace itself is small and it's hard to take a moment to photograph the beautiful lacework of the main gallery.
The rooms show examples of furniture and interestingly, explanations and photos are given of how it was when the owners lived there.
Finally, the place is less popular than Pena Palace, although there are plenty of people, a pleasant walk through the huge park.
People with mobility problems will find it a bit difficult.
There is a cafe within the park.
There is a car park at the entrance to the park, it's free, just make sure you have a space.
Written 23 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

FamilyofFiveSF
San Mateo, CA115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
A visit to Monserrate Palace in Sintra is definitely worth it. This gem is a beautiful example of moorish revival architecture. It is an exquisite villa that most recently belonged to the Cooke family and is stunning but small enough to explore in an hour.
Written 5 August 2023
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Michael K
1,001 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The garden is lush with vegetation, but it is on a hilly terrain. So be prepared to do some serious hiking to visit the rose garden, the Mexican garden, the fern valley etc. Unlike the garden at Regaleira, I don't recall seeing interesting follies along the way to break the monotony in this garden. So the payback to effort ratio is low. Unless you enjoy hiking, this garden may not appeal to you.
Written 20 June 2023
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China1,60,074 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Several of the palaces around Sintra are part of large estates that include impressive complementary parks which are worth spending time when visiting the respective palaces. This includes the Park at Monserrate, which is unique in that it is basically a large and comprehensive botanical garden with a diverse and comprehensive range of tree, plant and flower species from around the world.

The Park at Monserrate is open from 9am to 7pm daily and can be accessed by way of the main entrance along R. Barbosa du Bocage. Tickets which include the Park and Palace at Monserrate are €8 per adult. They can be purchased online or at the entrance upon arrival.

Historically, this Park was developed around the time the Monserrate Estate was taken over by British trader and art collector, Francis Cook. To complement the new exotic Palace building, he had a rich and fanciful botanic garden created to fill in the estate grounds.

What you see today is a tapestry of various gardens, hilly grounds, artificial lakes, streams, falls, faux chapel ruins, fountains patched together by winding footpaths that crisscross the Park grounds. You'll see many interesting tree, plant and flower species landscaped throughout the parks charming grounds.

We very much enjoyed spending nearly 2 hours exploring the Monserrate Park grounds, this being after 45 minutes at the Palace itself. Would have enjoyed taking picnic here and might very well do that next time we are able to visit Sintra.
Written 1 May 2023
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AmarilisVos
Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We visited this palace on September 22. Free parking is available on the other side of the entrance. After paying the entrance fee you have to walk to the palace. On the map you see two routes: the blue one is the easiest and the red one is more challenging.
The rooms in this palace are not fully furnished. The architecture is what sets this palace apart from the others in Sintra. A film is shown on the second floor about the last inhabitant of this place.
Written 12 November 2022
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KimofOz
Greater Sydney, Australia121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We were so happy we included this palace as part of our exploration of Sintra and definitely recommend it. We found the palace and grounds to be magical, especially in the latter part of the day. The grounds are a bit wild giving a sense of mystery and contrast to the perfect interiors of the palace. The palace itself is Moorish and just lovely in its reconstruction. Be sure to visit the top floor where you can see pictures of its occupants and learn its history - a bygone era. It was easy to get an Uber to/from as the bus didn't seem to run regularly.
Written 4 July 2022
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Christina M
Toronto, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Well worth the extra time it takes to visit compared to the other attractions. Monseratte felt like a magical fairytale. We went after a rainfall and the air was wet and aromatic, so the garden smelt heavenly. The rose garden air was thick and almost syrupy with the floral scent. I would highly recommend it!
The palace itself was stunning. I recommend getting the audio guide to walk you through the grounds and rooms, however, there is also a room on the top floor that has an very informative video on the history and ownership of the palace.
The only caveat is that the park and palace close after the bus stops running, so my friends and I got stranded. Be prepared to take an Uber back if you really want to take your time! It's worth it.
You could do it in 2-3 hours but with how gorgeous it is, you could also spend 3+ there.
Written 3 June 2022
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babykong
London, UK587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
This palace was definitely one of my favourite sites in Sintra.

I’m so thankful it was decided to renovate and restore this beautiful building, and it’s grounds, to its former glory.

The palace is exquisite, as are the gardens. I purposely arrived early so as to enjoy the palace before it started getting busier.

There’s a lovely little café on site which sells a great selection of cakes.

I would highly recommend visiting the Palace of Monserrate, and I would definitely come back here again.
Written 27 May 2022
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