Por­tu­gal and Madeira Ex­plore this gor­geous cor­ner of the world

Travel to this gor­geous cor­ner of the earth to visit its amaz­ing palaces and in­tox­i­cat­ing gar­dens

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tucked away in the west­ern­most cor­ner of Europe, Por­tu­gal’s fa­mous mariners dis­cov­ered the sea routes to In­dia. Its ar­chi­tec­ture was in­flu­enced by Span­ish, Ro­man and Moor­ish styles. Blue and white glazed ce­ramic tiles (azule­jos) dec­o­rate walls, ar­cades, columns and wa­ter tanks. And much of the his­tory of Por­tuguese dis­cov­ery has been painted onto these tiles, along with ro­man­tic sto­ries, land­scapes and plants.


Palaces were built from the rev­enue of Por­tuguese trade and colonies and re­flect the Baroque in­flu­ence of flam­boy­ant ar­chi­tec­ture and gar­den de­sign. One such palace is Pala­cio de Fronteira, built in the 1600s, with vast and ex­quis­ite boxed parterre gar­dens and a huge wa­ter tank dec­o­rated with the coun­try’s most pre­cious col­lec­tions of blue ce­ramic tiles.


Sin­tra sits in the hills be­hind Lis­bon, loved by the rich and royal, who built palaces here to es­cape the heat. Monserrate is the one to visit first, a neo-gothic palace that in­spired Lord

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