Visit two nice little towns situated very close to Lisbon - Cascais and Sintra. And of course - Cabo da Roca - the most western point of continental Europe.
Welcome to my Portugal page, where I wrote the information of my visit to those wonderful places.
Fondest memory: My memories of Lisbon are very warm. The only thing that spoilt the excitement a bit was unbearable heat, so I could hardly move. I remember sitting on the grass in front of Jeronimos Monastery watching its facade, and from time to time beautifully coloured trams passed by. At last we took one of them to take us to the port, where our cruise liner was waiting for us.
It might be kind of an off beaten path thing, or might be a bit more acessible now they re-opened this fantastic place - Convento dos capuchos, in Sintra. I won't go on about it for lines and lines,but it's a magical place (i might put online a paper work i once did about it) It has been closed for quite a while for restore, cause due to negligence and vandalism it was in a deprolable state. But we always managed to climb up from somewhere and enter cause restored or not it's very mistic! It was built in 1560 for the St. Francis of Assis followers, true religious eremites.
Access: road to Pena Palace, at the fork to the palace turn right, and right again on the next chance 4 km ahead. 150m. more there it lays!
... Inside you will find a spacious church with mystic quality of light. There are also stonetombs of Vasco da Gama and Luís de Camões.
Peaceful and cool place just to sit a while. These kind of places makes me so peacefull and silent.
MOSTEIRO DOS JERÓNIMOS
Because of Vasco da Gama´s return, the monastery - Mosteiro dos Jerónimos - was orderded to be build by Dom Manuel I. The former chapel and the monastery used to be places where sailors kept their vigil before departing. The architecture is famous of it´s Manueline decoration and religious and secural carvings.
TORRE DE BELÉM
is a must-see, even if it is probably the most photographed monument in Portugal. This tower used to locate out in mid-stream of river Tagus when Vasco da Gama left to India and other sailors of the Age of Discoveries left to other destinations to be explored...
Favorite thing: Take time for visit the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (Jeronimos Monastery), it's a church in Manuelino style. I like it very much in particular the cloister. It's one of the UNESCO World Heritege sites.
Lisbon is a great city and its coastline is beautiful. Estoril is a nice reosrt with fine beaches and its worth the 3 km walk from Estoril to Cascais along the seafront. Cascais is a nice town with its small winding streets and little boutiques and its small port with all the boats coming in.
Fondest memory: Laying on the beach!
Picture : Lisbon city
Belém - visit the monstary, visit Torre de Belém.
Walk around Alfama, discover Bairro Alta and Estrela.
Take an électrico up to Alfama.
Fondest memory: To watch the sunset from Castelo.
New Year´s Eve (2000).
Another pic of the convent square.
“Não há um só recanto em Sintra que não seja um poema.”Eça de Queirós
'There isn't one corner in Sintra that isn't a poem.'
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