Three hours and Eu30 took us along the super highway from Porto to the outskirts of Lisbon, where we turned off to visit the palace at Queluz.
The palace is quite grand and well furnished with period furniture, porcelain, glassware, silver, and other decorative items. It is probably the last Rococo palace built in Europe.
The gardens were also very pretty and reminded me of the chateaux in the Loire Valley, which is probably not an accident, as the principle designer and architect of the palace was a Frenchman with the name of Robillon. One thing Queluz has that I did not see in the Loire Valley, was their own tiled canal
The place is magnificent, but has seen better days. Restoration work is in progress.
From Queluz it was a fairly short drive to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Up in the hills and with the influence of the sea, as well as shady trees, it was nice and cool. The town is and surrounding area is dotted with all sorts of palaces and stately homes. Right in the heart of the town is a palace with very distinctive chimneys.
We stayed in a manor house which has been converted to a b&b. It was quite charming, with an exotic bird collection and only a short walk to the town center and the most important sights. After a short rest, we went into town and had dinner at a restaurant called Tulhas. The restaurant was fairly small simple and served very tasty food. When you walk in the front door, the first thing you see is a manhole sized hole in the floor surrounded by a circular iron fence. This turns out to be a Moorish granary, which was discovered when the property was renovated to turn it into a restaurant. The restaurant’s name is taken from the Moorish term for such storage facilities.
After this it was time to get some sleep!