When Lord Byron first time visited the Monserrate Palace, the estate’s sublime appearance was a source of inspiration for the poet.
Four kilometers away from Sintra’s historic center, Monserrate Palace witness the eclectic taste of the 19th century, where the exotic vegetal motifs of the building’s interior decoration extend harmoniously to the gardens outside, one of the richest botanical gardens and Romantic landscapes ever created in Portugal.
Over the years, the marvelous gardens have welcomed plant species from all over. The diverse origins of the plants create different scenic effects along the paths leading you to the ruins and hidden crannies, lakes and waterfalls. Much thanks to the intervention of William Stockdale (painter) and the master Francis Burt (gardener), but above all the romantic spirit of Francis Cook, that the Monserrate Palace Park grew to become what it is as we know it today.
First record of the property dated from 1789. The estate and the Palace were bought by the Portuguese State in 1949.
The Monserrate Palace and Park were classified as a Property of Public Interest in 1993, and were included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.
In 2000, responsibility for the management of the estate was transferred to Parques de Sintra, which embarked upon a profound program of recovery and restoration work. This has made it possible to reopen the Palace to the public, while returning the Park’s historic gardens to their former glory.
In 2013, the Park of Monserrate was distinguished with a European Garden Award under the category of the “Best Development of a Historic Park or Garden”.
Prices until 28th March:
PARK AND PALACE
Ticket for adults (18 – 64 yrs) – 6,50 euros
Ticket for youths (6 – 17 yrs) – 5 euros
Ticket for seniors (over 65 yrs) – 5,50 euros
To benefit from a reduction on your visit to several sites, choose our combined ticket.
Prices 29th March to the 24th October:
PARK AND PALACE
Ticket for adults (18 – 64 yrs) – 8 euros
Ticket for youths (6 – 17 yrs) – 6,50 euros
Ticket for seniors (over 65 yrs) – 6,50 euros
To benefit from a reduction on your visit to several sites, choose our combined tickets.
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