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Just a half-hour from Lisbon, the Albatroz is a delightful discovery, combining the charm of a country inn with the luxury of a five-star hotel. Originally a villa built in the 19th century for King Dom Manuel II, it has since been enlarged and renovated to provide its guests with quiet, unders... more

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    Marvão, with its narrow cobbled streets and sparkling white houses, is one of the most charming of the many such towns that cling to the tops of high hills overlooking the Spanish border—so high that it is know as the “nest of eagles” where one can see the backs of the ... more

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      Albergaria Vila Lido, Praia da Rocha, Portugal - Facade

      Just south of Portimão is Praia da Rocha, a gorgeous expanse of broad beach flanked by colorful rocky cliffs. Just across the road from the beach, with lovely views and easy access to the sea, is Vila Lido, a bed and breakfast that offers one of the best values along the Algarve. Resident mana... more

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        A beautiful 18th-century mansion, once the residence of the famous Portuguese novelist, Eça de Queirós, As Janelas Verdes is so personal, so homelike, it is hard to believe it is indeed a four-star hotel. You enter a tiny foyer with just a discreet reception area to your right to relieve your... more

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            Romantik Hotel Vivenda Miranda, Porto de M

            As you explore the Algarve, it seems that massive high-rise condominiums have sprung up along every stretch of oceanfront, but fortunately, you can still find a few secret, intimate little resorts. A prime example is the idyllic Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda, nestled on a bluff above the sea t... more

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              Hotel Britania, Lisbon, Portugal - Entrance

              The intimate Hotel Britania has the same ownership as the Hotel Lisboa Plaza and is to be found just off the Avenida Liberdade, but on the opposite side of the tree-lined promenade from its sister hotel. Designed in 1944 by the famous Portuguese architect Cassiano Branco, the Hotel Britania was... more

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                This hotel is aptly named, as it is indeed housed within an ornate, 19th-century royal palace—the last palace built by the Portuguese kings. Before its politically expedient exit in the early 20th century, the royal family enjoyed luxury, tranquility, and hunting in this retreat, encircled by... more

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                  This beautiful inn, set against a picture-perfect backdrop of the crowning castle, is a welcome haven from the crowds that this picturesque village attracts. Casa d’Óbidos is a charming complex: white-stucco buildings with orange-tiled roofs are blissfully surrounded by gorgeous ga... more

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                    This family home is a very elegant manor house that is a wonderful example of the finer homes of the Minho area. The oldest part of Casa da Lage dates to the 16th century, with the more dramatic towers and spanning wing having been added in the 18th century. Each of the grand public rooms is la... more

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                      The Casa da Pérgola offers an incredible value and a superb location in the heart of colorful Cascais with an easy commute to Lisbon by train. The house next door is almost a twin to the Casa da Pérgola—hostess Patricia Corrêa Gonçalves’s great-grandfather... more

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                        Casa das Torres is a grand manor dating from the 18th century. You can spot it easily from quite a distance because it holds a prominent position just below the road, overlooking the valley below. The source of the name Torres (towers) is immediately self-explanatory as the long, narrow, two-st... more

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                          Casa das Torres de Oliveira is a splendid manor, dating from the early part of the 18th century, gloriously positioned on a hillside in a narrow valley that winds down to the River Douro. Vineyards lace the countryside as far as the eye can see, with nothing commercial or modern to disturb the ... more

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                            I adore the Casa de Canedo—from absolutely gorgeous and meticulously groomed grounds, to the handsome and very commodious guestrooms. A rugged road delivers you to its entry. Park and then walk under a canopy of wisteria, glimpsing a gorgeous pool and flower-filled grounds. Everything about t... more

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                              Casa de Casal de Loivos is an absolute treasure. It is more like an enchanting small hotel than a bed and breakfast, expertly run with three maids to pamper the guests, plus a full-time cook. Although there is no restaurant guests can enjoy a delicious dinner, (upon request) using old family re... more

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                                Casa de Costelo Novo Bed and Breakfast, Portugal
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                                  The Casa de Crasto is a private manor dating back to the 17th century, when its history was entwined through a scandalous marriage with that of the nearby Paço de Calheiros. Since then, the property has changed hands several times, currently being owned and occupied by the Pimente Lopes family... more

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                                    This is a beautiful, ivy-covered home set behind its own stone wall and gates. Inside, new materials provide a lovely complement to old stone and exposed woods. Beyond the attractive entry is a handsome dining room. Upstairs is a guest sitting area, which boasts the wonderful ceilings of Douro,... more

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                                      Casa de Sezim is conveniently located near Guimarães, and although urbanization is slowly advancing, the property is surrounded by a large estate and thus exudes a tranquil country ambiance. The handsome salmon-colored, 16th-century mansion is owned by António Pinto de Mesquita, and it has be... more

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                                        Casa de Vilarinho de S. Rom

                                        The Casa de Vilarinho de San Romão is a wonderful old farmstead dating from 1462, set in its own vineyard acreage. Restoration work, which involves taking it apart stone by stone and then putting it back together, is a remarkable effort but Christine continues with the never-ending task. Insid... more

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                                          The Casa do Ameal is located in the residential outskirts within walking distance of the large port town of Viana do Castelo. Tucked off a narrow side street, this large and elegant white-stucco home with tiled roof is set behind its own gates and wall and is buffered from the city by a beautif... more

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                                            In the region of Ponte de Lima, between the extremes of the grand manor estates of powerful landlords and the simple farmsteads of the workers you find some gorgeous country farm estates like Casa do Barreiro, which I feel offer the most charming and cozy accommodation. A vine-arbored drive win... more

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                                              Casa do Campo is a charming, 17th-century country manor in an unspoiled, beautiful area high up in the hills above the River Tâmega. This impressive two-story stone-and-stucco house is fronted by a wall enclosing a beautiful small Renaissance chapel where mass is still held. This is a ver... more

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                                                Atouguia, whose name derives from the ancient word for a bull, was once a great center for bullfighting. The town crest proudly displays a bull with horns topped with crowns. Bulls are patterned into the old cobbled streets. On the edge of town is Casa do Castelo, built as an extension to t... more

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                                                      Nestled in the protection of the church, the Casa dos Assentos enjoys the sounds of the church bells by day and their blessed silence at night. A complex with extensive grounds, this was once the place where agreements concerning local rents were kept (assentos means “house of rents”). We a... more

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                                                        Casa Miradouro

                                                        Sintra, a colorful town nestled in the hills near Lisbon, is without a doubt one of the most charming places in Portugal. We highlight several superb places to stay in the surrounding countryside, but for those who prefer to be right in town, the Casa Miradouro makes an excellent choice. In fac... more

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                                                          The view from Casa Três Palmeiras will take your breath away. This beautiful home is perched on the bluffs above the sea. From the terrace a sweeping view of the ocean is made even more dramatic by gigantic red rocks in fantastic shapes rising up from the blue water. A path leads to the endles... more

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                                                              The Convento de São Paulo, a former monastery dating back to 1182, feels more like a grand private home than a hotel. Snuggled up against a heavily wooded hill, it faces an idyllic view of gently rolling hills decorated with groves of lemon, olive, and cork trees. This is an utterly tran... more

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                                                                Historic Braga is a “must-see” city, filled with tourist attractions. Just a few kilometers from Braga, atop the Monte do Bom Jesus—a religious sanctuary dating back to 1722—you find the Hotel do Elevador, named for its proximity to the 19th-century water-powered funicular that transpor... more

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                                                                  In the 14th century, King Dom Diniz had massive fortifications built on the hills bordering Spain, hoping to protect Portugal from her aggressive neighbor. The hilltop town of Monsaraz was one of these fortifications, and its walls still stand as testimony to the king’s successful strateg... more

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                                                                    Estalagem do Convento

                                                                    Our favorite hotel inside the walls of medieval Óbidos, the Estalagem do Convento, was originally an early-19th-century convent. It was converted in the 20th century to a modest hostelry. It enjoys a relatively peaceful street-front location slightly removed from, but within easy walking... more

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                                                                      A rocky headland overlooking a gorgeous stretch of beach and turquoise water on one side and out to the westernmost promontory in Europe on the other provided a strategic location for a fortress in times gone by and now an ideal setting for a hotel. This somewhat austere, amber-colored fortress... more

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                                                                        Looking for a place to break our journey from Portugal to Spain, we felt fortunate to discover the Forte de São Francisco Hotel. The hotel, an historic monument, is embraced by the walls of a castle fortress and its interior public areas incorporate the old cloister of a recently restored 16th... more

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                                                                          We have a reader to thank for sharing this wonderful guest house set in Ferdinand’s Wall in the historic district of Porto. Carmen and João discovered the house when they came to Porto on vacation from Montreal and were intrigued to find it for sale. As Carmen explains, all it took was to st... more

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                                                                              The luxurious Hotel Infante de Sagres is a haven in the heart of Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Although the hotel has a rich, old-world ambiance, it is actually rather new-having been built in 1951 and is a showcase for some of the antiques and exquisite tapestries collected over the... more

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                                                                                The pale-melon façade of Lawrence’s Hotel, established in 1764 and the oldest hotel on the Iberian Peninsula, seems to have taken shape following the contours of the road as it weaves up from the center of Sintra. A stone entryway welcomes you then you step down from the reception area to a ... more

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                                                                                  For a delightful hotel in a fabulous location, the Lisboa Plaza is an excellent choice. Although not inexpensive, it offers value and its quality and service rival Lisbon’s deluxe hotels. Classified as a Historic Building, the hotel is tucked on a small street, just steps from the Avenida Lib... more

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                                                                                    Enjoy modern comfort at the Hotel Mestre Afonso Domingues located adjacent to one of Portugal’s sightseeing gems the 15th-century Monastery of Batalha built to commemorate King João’s victory over the Spaniards (whose forces outnumbered his by 5 to 1) at the great battle of Aljubarrota. Th... more

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                                                                                      Located just a kilometer outside the walled town of Estremoz, the Monte dos Pensamentos has a Moorish flavor-a one-story, whitewashed building with an arcade of arches forming a series of open porches across the front and minaret-like towers accenting the entrance. Dating back to the early 19th... more

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                                                                                          The Paço de Calheiros is one of the most spectacular noble homes in the region of Ponte de Lima, which abounds with fabulous old mansions. You will see the imposing stone-and-plaster palace encircled by grapevines as you ascend approximately 2 kilometers up a tree-lined lane to its gra... more

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                                                                                              It is hard to capture the unique magic of Pallácio de Rio Frio: the bedrooms are not particularly large, nor does the decor reflect the latest trend, but these are the very factors that make a stay here so special. Inside the gates you step back in time, for the home is exactly as it was... more

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                                                                                                Hotel do Parque is perched high on the side of a hill, overlooking Braga and next to Bom Jesus do Monte, a marvelous baroque 18th-century church. The attractive hotel was originally a private mansion, dating back to the end of the 19th century. It is a handsome, three-story white building with ... more

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                                                                                                    The Atlantic stretches a long finger of water inland at Aveiro, and it is after this lagoon, or ria, that this pousada is named. Pousada da Murtosa/Torreira-Ria opened with only nine rooms, but due its popularity, more were added. The small wood-and-stone inn has a modern flavor inside and out.... more

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