Alfama, Portugal

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Alfama, Portugal Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest extant neighbourhood, built in the 8th century during the Muslim conquest of Portugal and neighbouring Spain. Under the Umayyad Caliphate, Lisbon became one of the largest cities in Europe. …

Tower of Belem, Portugal The Tower of Belem (Torre de Belem), officially the Tower of Saint Vincent, was built around 1514 on the banks of the Tagus River to defend the port of Lisbon. Built …

Mafra, Portugal

Mafra, Portugal Mosteiro de Mafra A forty-minute drive from Lisbon, you will find the town of Mafra near the west coast of Portugal. The town is known for the landmark that dominates it, the opulent …

Óbidos, Portugal

The Castle of Obidos

Obidos, Portugal Obidos A tiny, charming town with over 3000 inhabitants, Obidos is an hour from Lisbon and feels like stepping back in time. The medieval town’s historic centre features picturesque cobbled streets and traditional …

Nazare, Portugal

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Nazare, Portugal Nazare, Portugal An ancient fishing village turned popular seaside resort, Nazare is only an hour and a half from Lisbon but it feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. …

Braga, Portugal

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Highlights of Portugal | Braga Braga, Portugal Braga is Portugal’s third-largest city and its most important religious centre. With almost four dozen places of worship, Braga is something of an ecclesiastical destination, particularly around Easter. …

Sintra, Portugal

The Pena National Palace Sao Pedro de Penaferrim, Sintra, Portugal

Highlights of Portugal | Sintra The PenaPalace in São Pedro de Penaferrim, Sintra, Portugal Sintra is like something out of a fairy tale. A town nestled among the pine trees on the edge of the …

Evora, Portugal

Highlights of Portugal | Evora Evora’s town square One of Portugal’s most unspoilt medieval towns, Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage site just an hour and a half from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal’s south-central …

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The Golden Years of Lisbon

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The Golden Years of Lisbon In his Introduction to his book Queen of the Sea: A History of Lisbon (C. Hurst & Co, 2018), Barry Hatton describes the cortège or retinue of the Portuguese King …