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
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.
PALACIO DE FRONTEIRA
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