We had heard that the gardens of the Monserrate Palace are amazing (and they are), but that the palace was in disrepair and wasn't much to see. Boy, was that wrong info!
The palace has been undergoing renovation and it's a stunner. The hallways are lined floor-to-ceiling with intricate carved filagree and lovely rose-colored marble. Arabian and Indian influences combine with both Portuguese and English styles to create a truly unique (and spectacular) site.