The new Martinhal Quinta Family Resort is an exclusive 4-star resort of independently owned luxury villas, comprising 2 and 3 bedroom townhouses, and 3 and 4 bedroom villas (each with a private pool).
Queluz is just six miles from Lisbon. In the early 18th century it was the country setting of the royal family's estate and hunting lodge, which the Prince Dom Pedro, son of King Dom João V, decided to have converted into the Summer Palace.
Ever grab a quince thinking it was an apple? Not a fun surprise... The Ancient Greeks knew quinces that were slowly cooked with honey would be a wonderful treat when cooled. They called them melimēlon, or "honey apple." A few thousand years later, the Portuguese word "marmelo."
Mafra, near Lisbon is known for its imposing Palace-Convent, the largest edifice in Portugal, built by order of King Dom João V in the 18th century. A recent renovation inside and out as brought back its luster.
In October, a 7-night stay at this award winning luxury resort, starts at 358€ (around US$440) per house, per night, for a family of 2 adults, 2 children under 12 and a baby, half-board on the Extended Summer Package
This center of learning at the University of Coimbra was founded in 1290 and is built on what was once a royal palace.
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During the 15th century by the order of King Joao I, the royal palace was expanded with arched galleries providing views over the city itself. The addition of these galleries two twin towers were added each. These towers were designed as bedrooms and private quarters for the royal family. The castle and the palace still stand and welcome your visit today.
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For the Portuguese people, Guimarães is a very special place, for it was in a field close to the walls of its castle that King D. Afonso Henriques won the Battle of São Mamede, on the 24th of June 1128. By emerging victorious from this struggle against his mother, Afonso Henriques began the process that would lead to the foundation of the kingdom of Portugal, of which he was to become the first king (and one of the greatest).