Lying at the heart of this region, Portugal's capital is a city in which the
exotic red tiled roofs of houses in its older parts blend with an atmosphere that is truly
modern and European. After a morning of golf, we recommend that you visit some of the
- The medieval Castle of St. George, perched on top of a hill from which one
has a panoramic view of' Lisbon.
Castle of S. Jorge
- In the Belém district, the Tower and the Monastery of the Hieronymites,
built in the Manueline style. Both of these buildings have been classified by Unesco as
part of the heritage of mankind.
Among the citys museums and their precious collections, we would
recommend the Museu dos Coches, the Museu do Azulejo, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga,
and the Museu Calouste Gulbenkien.
Tower of Belém
Close to Lisbon lie the palm avenues and luxurious hotels of Estoril, and the
ancient fishing village of Cascais. Both may be visited during breaks between rounds of
the north of Estoril lies the historic town of Sintra, which is surrounded by a mountain
range whose forests are several centuries old. Here one can see the twin conical chimney
towers of the Palácio Nacional. Perched there on the mountain, the Palácio da Pena is
redolent of the memory, of the last Portuguese kings, and its stately rooms are open to
Further north, one may visit the impressive Palace-Convent at Mafra.
Returning to Lisbon, the Palácio Nacional de Queluz is a sophisticated example
of the Rococo style.
Palácio da Pena
Palácio de Queluz
Crossing the bridge that links Lisbon with the south bank of the Tagus, the
visitor is offered one of the world's most beautiful panoramic views: as it stretches down
the estuary, Lisbon spreads itself before him or her.
Make a detour to the historic Castles of Palmela and Setúbal, both with Pousadas,
where one may relax after a game of golf, or visit the castle and the fishing village of
We might suggest a restaurant where you could listen to the nostalgic fado, a
word that signifies destiny transformed into music.
Castle of Palmela
Spend an afternoon in Óbidos; there you can admire the impeccable
white houses, and a church covered with painted tiles and decorated with a fabulous
17th-century painting. There is a magnificent Pousada built inside the medieval
Proceed to Tomar, a town founded by the Knights Templars, where a
visit to the Convento de Cristo (12th century), with its impressive Manueline window, is a
Óbidos - Castle
The Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça (12th century) is one of
the most remarkable Cistercian abbeys in Europe, and is classified by Unesco as part of
heritage of mankind. Inside, statues on the tombs of D. Pedro and D. Inês stand out as
masterpieces of Gothic art.
Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória, at Batalha, (14th-15th centuries) is also classified
by Unesco. Built in the Gothic style, it is a beautiful example of the Portuguese Gothic
style. Its pantheon, lit by magnificent stained glass windows, houses the tombs of D.
João I and his wife, Philippa of Lancaster, and their sons, amongst whom was Henry the
Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória - Batalha
This is a coastal region, which
experiences a warm and dry climate throughout the year.
Season High 26C / 79F - Low 14 C / 57F
The region, north of
Lisbon which enjoys a mild climate with small seasonal variations.
Season High 19 C/ 67 F - Low 10 C / 50 F