Park and Palace of Monserrate

Palace and Park in Sintra

Park And Palace Of Monserrate, Sintra, Portugal
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William Beckford, who fell in love with the Serra de Sintra, created this magnificent Romantic park. Monserrate was originally a farm with fruit orchards and crop fields that was first imagined by Gerard DeVisme in the 18th century. Subsequently, William Beckford and Francis Cook also lived on the property. However, it was Francis Cook, the first Viscount of Monserrate, who created the contrasting scenarios found in the park with the help of landscape painter William Stockdale, botanist William Nevill, and master gardener James Burt. The park features narrow winding footpaths that interweave among ruins, nooks, crannies, waterfalls, and lakes in what appears to be an apparently disordered fashion.

The park boasts a vast collection of plant varieties from all over the world’s five continents, including arbutus-trees, holly trees, cork oak-trees, and many other species that combine with spontaneously growing plants from Portugal. With over 2500 species, visitors can enjoy a stroll through the world’s diverse plant varieties from countries like Australia, Mexico, and Japan.

The palace’s Music Room, Indian living-room, dining-room, and library on the ground floor are particularly worth a mention, along with the luxurious reception rooms. Visitors can also tour the first floor, where the private apartments were located.

Visiting Park and Palace of Monserrate




adult/child €8/6.50

Address: Park and Palace of Monserrate, Sintra, Portugal
Duration: 45 minutes

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Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas

Historic Site and Park in Coimbra

Jardins Da Quinta Das Lágrimas

Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas or the Gardens of the Palace of Tears is a historic garden located in Coimbra, Portugal. It is situated on the grounds of the Quinta das Lágrimas Palace, which was once home to Inês de Castro, the subject of a tragic love story and one of Portugal’s most famous heroines.

The gardens are designed in a romantic style, with winding paths, fountains, and ponds. It is said that Inês and Pedro used to meet in these gardens during their clandestine love affair. The most famous feature of the garden is the Fountain of Tears, which marks the spot where Inês was killed by order of King Afonso IV.

In addition to its historical significance, the Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas is also known for its natural beauty, with a variety of trees, flowers, and wildlife. It is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, offering a serene escape from the bustling city of Coimbra. The garden is open to visitors throughout the year, and guided tours are available for those who want to learn more about its rich history and significance.

Fonte dos Amores at Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas

The Fonte dos Amores  or Fountain of Loves is located in the park. Legend has it that Inês de Castro and Pedro, her lover, used to meet near this fountain during their secret meetings in the garden. She was murdered by order of King Afonso IV.  The fountain marks the spot where Inês de Castro fell. The Fonte dos Amores is a small, decorative fountain that features a sculpture of two lovers embracing, surrounded by lush vegetation and beautiful flowers.


Visiting Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas

Address: Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas, Rua José Vilarinho Raposo, Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 1 hours

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