• Unexpected Gardens

The Unexpected Gardens

  • Type: Walk Hike
  • Duration: About 6 hours | Difficulty: Easy
  • Price from: 75€

This hike takes you to visit two wonderful gardens and its monuments.

“Capuchos”, probably the most important testimony of the Sintra primeval forest , preserved by the brotherhood of Franciscan friars and their austere monument carved in stone. Discover its secrets and mysteries, where even today it is said that “those who wish to penetrate the mystery of the convent must first die.”

“Montserrate”, which is one of the most beautiful creations of the Romanticism landscape, as well as it´s very beautiful palace. Immortalized by Lord Byron, “Monserrate” is one of the most famous and exotic Europe “Victorian” gardens.

Before the picnic in the “Monserrate” gardens, we will go through a pleasant and peaceful forest corridor with about 7km which link these two wonderful gardens and monuments.

The way back, although shorter, is no less beautiful, with the warm light of end of the day penetrating in the forest canopy and where we can also enjoy the forest that surrounds the “Lagoon of the Musketeers”, reflected in its calm waters.

Optional Experience: The way back will be much shorter because we have one more last experience waiting for us, a visit to the most western vineyard in Europe. This local farm, built in the 18th century, stands between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sintra sierra. Its wines are characterized by their aging-potential, their character and complexity. After visiting the vineyards and the winery, we will have a wine tasting where we will try some of the most enigmatic fine wines of Portugal, accompanied by local delicacies. Thanks to the proximity of the sea, this wines have a strong savory sea notes, being also very fragrant, fresh and balanced.

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Table Price per Person

1 to 6 persons – 75€

Table Price per Person With the Wine Experience

1 to 6 persons – 110€


For more than 6 people price is on request.

For families with children younger than 18 years, the price is on request because we have a discount on the table price.

These prices already include the applicable VAT rate.


Every Day*

*Dependent on the number of people and walks already booked for the desired day, and as such subject to confirmation by the WHP.



  • All transfers
  • Water
  • Capuchos convent entrance ticket + guided tour + ”Monserrate” Palace and Gardens entrance ticket
  • Hiking poles
  • Track guide
  • Personal and Liability insurances


Advised Equipment

(depending on weather)

  • Comfortable shoes soled nuts, preferably suitable for trekking
  • Hat for sun or umbrella
  • Waterproof / wind stopper jacket
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes and pants suitable for trekking, preferably (avoid jeans)
  • Light lunch for the picnic + fruit/energy bars/dried fruits

7 Reasons

  • The very austere “Capuchos” Convent, excavated and built on pure rock in 1560 and inhabited by the Franciscan Order
  • The botanical legacy of this Order, as austere and authentic as its creators
  • The very beautiful Monserrate Palace (1856), 2013 European Garden Award winner by the EGHN – European Garden Heritage Network
  • In the heart of “Moon Hill”, the corridor forest  that connects both gardens and monuments
  • The picnic in one of the most exclusive frameworks we could offer
  • The dichotomy between the beauty and mystique of nature and one of the most beautiful creations of the 19th century Romanticism Movement landscape
  • The most western vineyard in Europe and it´s salty wines


Meeting Points

The customers hotel pick-up time depends on the number of hotels
we have to go.



Beginning: 9:30 am
Duration: About 6 hours
Not suitable activity for children under 8 years


Difficulty:   Easy (Easy)

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