Palácio & Parque de Monserrate
Convento dos Capuchos
Hidden in the woods is the bewitchingly hobbit-hole-like Convento dos Capuchos, which was originally built in 1560 to house 12 monks who...
Offers a variety of outdoor excursions, including canoeing, rafting, mountain biking and jeep tours. Call ahead for times and prices.
This adventure outfitter has a regular schedule of organized activities, including mountain biking, rappelling, jeep tours, trekking and...
Fonte da Pipa
A tiled bar, this has craggy, cavelike rooms and comfy seats.
This converted grain warehouse is dark, tiled and quaint, with wrought-iron chandeliers and a relaxed, cosy atmosphere. It’s renowned...
Palácio & Parque de Monserrate information
At the centre of a lush, 30-hectare park, a manicured lawn sweeps up to the whimsical, Moorish-inspired palácio , the 19th-century romantic folly of English millionaire Sir Francis Cook. The wild and rambling gardens surrounding the building 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.