|Subject: Re: Portugal|
I would recommend you to come to Porto and leave from Lisbon to follow your travel plan and save some time. In Lisbon I recommend York House http://www.manorhouses.com/hotels/york.html?sp=y a nice hotel near the center. Or Avenida Palace Hotel. Visit the Castle, the olg boroughs of Alfama, Bairro Alto and Mouraria and the Baixa near the river, rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. Also, visit some traditional restaurants where people sings the Fado a traditional Portuguese type of song. Restaurants, I recommend Pap´açorda, Conventual or Tágide in Lisbon or Flora in Vila Franca de Xira, a small town 30 km from
Lisbon, near the Tejo river. In Lisbon you should also visit the Parque das Nações the new oriental side of the City, transformed for the Universal Expo of 1998, and its Oceanary.
There are also some hostorical points of interest like Jerónimos (a former monastery) , Belém Tower, some churches as the Sé and Sé Velha and museums like Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga or Ancient Art National Museum, and other.
If you need some more info about Lisbon, I will be glad to help you.
João Ralha Lisboa, Portugal