Monserrate Capuchine Convent

Forest hike between the monuments along the aqueducts
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6.5 Km

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305 M

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Circular

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Bus 435

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Palaces, Monuments

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Fountains

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6.5 Km

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305 M

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Circular

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Bus 435

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Palaces, Monuments

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Fountains

November 17, 2020 11:52 am

Monserrate - Capuchine Convent

  • Distance Instructions
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  • Distance 6.43 km
  • Time 1 h 30 min
  • Speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 200 m
  • Peak 368 m
  • Climb 305 m
  • Descent 301 m
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Trail Description

Starting from the Monserrate Ponds, this trail climbs through the forest roads through a pine forest full of ferns. It is beautiful and colorful in every season with mimosas in bright yellow bloom during the first months of the year. This is the best way to walk to the convent, about a half an hour distance (2,3kms) from Monserrate. The first kilometer of the way back returns on the same road, separating soon after the large pond to the right. After slowly climbing for a kilometer, the trail starts descending in a single lane path along low aqueducts that resemble low support walls (first on your left, then after cross-paths, on your right), eventually all the way back to the large ponds. At some points and depending on the time of the year, they are covered with small plants, so be careful not to miss them.

Our suggestions
  • Visit Monserrate palace and gardens that once belonged to Francis Cook in the 1800s
  • Visit the Capuchin Convent, known also as the Cork Convent, former home of the Franciscan monks
  • Descending along the aqueducts, watch for the giant ferns on your left
  • Once near the small ponds, take the 1 km Ecotrail marked with wooden arrows to learn about the biodiversity and history of the Sintra hills, its flora and fauna
Trail Description

Starting from the Monserrate Ponds, this trail climbs through the forest roads through a pine forest full of ferns. It is beautiful and colorful in every season with mimosas in bright yellow bloom during the first months of the year. This is the best way to walk to the convent, about a half an hour distance (2,3kms) from Monserrate. The first kilometer of the way back returns on the same road, separating soon after the large pond to the right. After slowly climbing for a kilometer, the trail starts descending in a single lane path along low aqueducts that resemble low support walls (first on your left, then after cross-paths, on your right), eventually all the way back to the large ponds. At some points and depending on the time of the year, they are covered with small plants, so be careful not to miss them.

Our Suggestions
  • Visit Monserrate palace and gardens that once belonged to Francis Cook in the 1800s
  • Visit the Capuchin Convent, known also as the Cork Convent, former home of the Franciscan monks
  • Descending along the aqueducts, watch for the giant ferns on your left
  • Once near the small ponds, take the 1 km Ecotrail marked with wooden arrows to learn about the biodiversity and history of the Sintra hills, its flora and fauna
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