Palácio & Parque de Monserrate
Convento dos Capuchos
Hidden in the woods is this bewitchingly hobbit-hole-like convent, which was originally built in 1560 to house friars who lived in...
Adega Regional de Colares
The Malvasia (white) and Ramsco (red) vines grown today in Colares are the only ones in Europe to have survived the 19th-century...
Offers a variety of outdoor excursions, including canoeing, rafting, mountain-biking and jeep tours. Call ahead for times and prices.
Fonte da Pipa
A tiled bar, this has craggy, cave-like rooms and comfy seats. A Sintra mainstay.
This converted grain warehouse is dark, tiled and quaint, with wrought-iron chandeliers and a relaxed, cosy atmosphere. It’s rightfully...
Palácio & Parque de Monserrate information
At the centre of a lush, 30-hectare park, a manicured lawn sweeps up to this whimsical, Moorish-Gothic-Indian palácio , the 19th-century romantic folly of English millionaire Sir Francis Cook. The wild and rambling gardens were created in the 18th century by wealthy English merchant Gerard de Visme, then enlarged by landscape painter William Stockdale (with help from London’s Kew Gardens).
Its wooded hillsides bristle with exotic foliage, from Chinese weeping cypress to dragon trees and Himalayan rhododendrons. Seek out the Mexican garden nurturing palms, yuccas and agaves, and the bamboo-fringed Japanese garden abloom with camellias.
The park is 3.5km west of Sintra-Vila.