Portugal and Spain June 26 to July 6 2014
Lisbon Thursday, June 26
|View of Lisbon from Hotel Tiara|
|You could see all the way to the waterfront of Lisbon from the park near the hotel.|
|A beautiful Park near Hotel Tiara with a jumbo screen for watching soccer and for other events.|
|The red umbrellas welcoming us in for a beer.|
Lisbon Friday, June 27
|Old Fortress at the Waterfront|
We boarded the bus for a guided morning tour of Lisbon, Europe’s second oldest capital, next to Athens.
|Henry the Navigator Monument|
This included the waterfront and amazing Monument of Henry the Navigator UNESCO sight, a visit to the custard tart factory with a tasting, a tour of the ornate cathedral where Vasco De Gama is entombed, and a walk through the narrow streets of Alfama an old and incredibly soulful section of the city.
|Vasco De Gama entombed at the old Cathedral|
|Famous Portuguese Tile facades|
|our hotel from the castle|
|Castle views, ever present red roofs|
Sintra and Cascais Saturday June 28
This was an optional excursion that we chose which included a visit to Palacio Nacional de Queluz, an 18th century palace with Rococo architecture and breathtaking gardens.
From there we went to the city of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was stunning to say the least. We toured the National Palace there which has Moorish features, an integral part of Portugal’s past since Muslims controlled the Iberian Penninsula for a period. This was quite a contrast from the Queluz Palace.
|Tiles, tiles, everywhere!|
The town itself is set on hillsides with spectacular homes and buildings with charming winding narrow streets and shops.
On the way back we stopped in the seaside suburb of Lisbon called Cascais. This is a resort town with lovely beaches and cobblestone streets and shops.
|Sintra shopping streets|
|We enjoyed lunch at a cafe overlooking a small beach.|
|The crazy streets of Cascais tiled with optical illusions!|