This park was landscaped in the 18th century by a wealthy Englishman; William Beckford. Around half a century later, another rich Englishman; Francis Cook transformed the gardens and rebuilt a mansion. This looks like an Oriental palace.
Here you can stroll among local and exotic plants. When I went there, this park was quite neglected, but lately I' ve read that it has been improved.
Its history dates back to the Moors, but it takes its name from a small 16th century chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Monserrat in Catalonia, Spain. The gardens were landscaped in the 18th century by a wealthy Englishman William Beckford. They were latter imortalized by Lord Byron in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812).
In 1856, the abandoned estate was bought by another Englishman, Sir Francis Cook, who built a fantastic Moorish-style palace and stransformed the gardens with a large sweeping lawn, camellias and sub-tropical trees from all over the world. Recently it was constituted an organization, Friends of Monserrate, in order to help restore the neglected house and gardens to their former glory.
Less visited than Pena, this palace, in its simplicity, is much more harmonious.
A nice park allows the option between a quick visit or a long calm day in a luxurious natural environment.