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Monserrate Palace (Palacio de Monserrate) Tours

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Monserrate Palace (Palacio de Monserrate)
Tucked away in the mountains of Sintra is Monserrate Palace (Palacio de Monserrate), once the summer resort of the Portuguese court. The villa, designed with Indian, Moorish, and Gothic influences, is also home to a garden filled with exotic plants from all over the world—one of the most extensive botanic gardens in Portugal and Europe.

The Basics
The 19th-century Monserrate Palace is often considered a hidden gem because of its eclectic design and beautiful garden, and it is generally overshadowed by Sintra’s over-the-top National Palace of Pena and mysterious Quinta da Regaleira. Tours from Lisbon to Sintra generally include visits to Monserrate Palace, other palaces in the area, Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of mainland Europe), and the seaside village of Cascais. For a more intimate experience, book a private tour to explore Sintra’s villas, palaces, and castles.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Monserrate Palace is a must for architecture lovers and Portuguese history buffs.
  • Most visitors spend about two hours exploring the palace before heading to Cabo da Roca and Cascais.
  • Sintra is chillier and windier than coastal Lisbon, so it is advised to bring a jacket.
  • Those with limited mobility may find Monserrate Palace difficult to navigate, as there are inclined paths from the front of the parking lot to the palace entrance.

How to Get There
The easiest way to explore Monserrate Palace is through an organized day trip from Lisbon, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) away. Alternatively, take the Sintra train line from Lisbon’s Rossio, Oriente, or Entrecampos station; from the Sintra train station, take the Scotturb 435 bus to Monserrate Palace. If driving, there is limited on-site parking including two spaces for disabled visitors.

When to Get There
The palace is open from 9:30am to 7pm in the warmer months and 10am to 6pm in cooler months. It is advised to visit Sintra during May, June, September, or October, when the weather is cooler and there are fewer tourists. Monserrate Palace is quietest in the morning, as the majority of visitors come in the afternoon after exploring the other Sintra palaces.

The Home of Englishmen
The hilltop of Monserrate Palace has been inhabited since the mid-1500s, but a palace was built only after the 1755 earthquake. The structure we see today is a culmination of many iterations of the palace made by its various inhabitants, most notably English novelist William Beckford and English art collector Sir Francis Cook, who laid out the lush gardens and contributed to the palace’s eclectic design.

Address: R. Visc. de Monserrate, Sintra 2710, Portugal
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Visit Sintra with your own private guide on a full-day tour from Lisbon. See monuments including Pena National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira—both UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Moorish Castle (Castle dos Mouros), and Montserrate Palace. Take in the scenery of Sintra's traditional towns and coastline, and have lunch on the waterfront. Decide which monuments you want to tour, or simply view the landmarks from the outside.
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Direct entrance to Monserrate Palace and Sightseeing

With this ticket you get direct entry to the Monserrate Palace, where you can enjoy a unique and magical atmosphere and still have access to Sightseeing Sintra, as well as all of Scotturb's urban careers, including the tourist careers of Sintra. Valid for 24 hours and Ticket Hop-on Hop-off: Frequency: 30 minutes Sintra Line • Main places of visit: Cascais Bay, Boca de Inferno, Guia Lighthouse, Guincho Beach, Cabo da Roca, Castelo dos Mouros, Pena Palace, Sintra Village Palace; Quinta da Regaleira, Monserrate Palace. * Includes all urban careers of the Scotturb network
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Discover the charming Quinta da Regaleira, surrounded by lush gardens, lakes, caves and enigmatic buildings, places that conceal alchemical meanings, such as those evoked by Freemasonry, Templars and Rosicrucian, followed by Monserrate Palace with Gothic, Indian and Indian influences. Moorish suggestions, as well as exotic and vegetal motifs that harmoniously extend abroad, right after Cabo da Roca perfect place to enjoy the sunset and take great photos for remembrance and Cascais, known for its sandy beaches and bustling marina. With the sea at its feet, Cascais can be proud of its excellent cuisine based on fresh seafood and fish dishes.
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Discovering Sintra Cascais, for small groups, an unforgettable tour

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This is a unique tour, as it will be done by a local guide who will show you Sintra and the village of Cascais like no other person can do, will meet fantastic places, monuments, taste unique sweets as well as meet the people who live there. and its mystique / history. At the end of the day, more than a tour, you will have memories of an unforgettable romantic village that will make you want to come back again as a friend.
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