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Portuguese History Lesson

18 Oct 2013  The First Global Village by Martin Page
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Portugal is rich in history much of it undisturbed and easy to access. Explore the early Roman cities to 19th c palaces on foot or by car.

  • 1. Lisbon
    Lisbon, Estremadura

    Start in Lisboa, walk the streets of the city near the river Tejo and enjoy the vibe of the city. Be sure to get lost in the Alfama's stairways and winding streets. Listen to Fado at this small restaurant and Fado club , Mesa de Frades. Spend an afternoon in the rooftop terrace at the Barrio Alto Hotel. Museums abound in Lisbon, my favorites include the Carriage Museum, Tile Museum and Decorative Arts Museum.

  • 2. Sintra Municipality
    Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District

    Glorious Eden it is, start at the National Palace in the morning, followed by a traditional Portuguese lunch in a little restaurant, Tulas near the Tourist Information building. Next walk to the Quinta da Regaleira and explore the mystical side of Sintra in the gardens and grottos. Do not miss the "Initiation Well" used to enter the labyrinth of tunnels beneath the hillside. If time permits, walk or take the bus up to the Castelo dos Mouros, the views and the walls fight for your attention.

  • 3. Queluz Palace
    Queluz Palace, Queluz, Sintra Municipality

    Beautiful regal and reminiscent of Petite Trianon at Versailles the Palace at Queluz will not disappoint. The gardens are lovely and a bit shabby, but if you time it right you can see the Royal Dressage team practice their horsemanship in the corner of the gardens. Finish your tour with an elegant lunch at the Pousada Restaurant. Save room for desert!

  • 4. Palace of the Marquises (Palacio Fronteira)
    Palace of the Marquises (Palacio Fronteira), Lisbon, Estremadura

    Tiles, tiles and more tiles!! This private home is open to the public in the morning for a tour of a number of unbelievable tile installations. My personal favorites are outside the house, on the terrace, grotto and surrounding the pool. A bit off the beaten track, should not be missed!

  • 5. Obidos Village
    Obidos Village, Obidos, Leiria District

    11 c walled village, brillant colors, magnificent walls (walk all the way around if you are not afraid of heights) and luscious restaurants. My favorites are near the walls away form the throngs of tourists, cozinha das rainhas, sit outside at Restaurante Pretensioso or Restaurante Tracadinho in the center of the village.

  • 6. Castelo de Tomar
    Castelo de Tomar, Tomar, Santarem District

    Amazing just wander through each cloister, trace history and architecture in the labyrinth of connecting and competing architectural splendor. One of my favorite places to go when the weather is not perfect.

  • 7. Museu de Conimbriga
    Museu de Conimbriga, Coimbra, Coimbra District

    Amazing Roman ruins and preserved mosaics. Imagine life in the 3rd c as you walk through the foundations and walls of this ancient city.

  • 8. Palace of Bussaco
    Palace of Bussaco, Bussaco, Aveiro District

    Gardens! Palace! Restaurant! Bar! Hikes! Bussaco has it all, stay at the hotel and enjoy the house wine, amazing food and breakfast buffet. Then walk off the calories on the many paths and trails within the walls. After a long walk cool off on the bar terrace.

  • 9. Porto
    Porto, Porto District

    Port wine, need I say more? My choice of hotel would be the new Pousada built in a recovered Palace on the river. Ask for a room with a view and take your bathing suit.