|Subject: Re: Need Portugal info|
Lucky you - Portugal is wonderful.
About 12 or 13 miles north of Lisbon is the charming village of Sintra. As I recall there are two train stops there, you want the second one or you'll have a long walk. Start from Rossio station in Lisbon.
The tourist office in Sintra will have a map and you can hike to the old Moorish castle ruins (about 2 miles) from the village or take a bus or taxi. A short walk from the ruins is the Pena Palace. This palace is a mixture of many architectural styles but is works and is beautiful. It was from here that the royal family fled Portugal in 1910
You can take a bus from Sintra to Cascais.
In Lisbon - along with the usual tourist sights (the Belem Tower, the Monastery of Jeronimos and the Museum of Coaches) spend wonderful time just wandering the Bairro Alto and Alfama sections of Lisbon. Between these two areas is the Baixa (the lower central section). Both the Alfama or Bairro Alto are high above the Baixa and you can get a marvelous views from both.
The Alfama streets are very tangled and you probably won't want to be there at night. This is one of the few areas that survived the big 1755 earthquake. There is a flea market several days during the week but I don't recall which ones.
Spend an evening listening to the soulful, haunting, marvelous fado music. You'll probably have to buy dinner also and the total cost isn't cheap but it is a great experience.
Short-changing formerly was common but should be easier to catch with the use of Euros now.
Happy Travels. . .Harlene