Final glimpses

Finally to the relief of everyone (and my aunt in particular!) this is the final batch of pictures from our Portuguese adventure. Above is a cute water wheel from Azenhas do Mar that I forgot to post earlier and below are a few kitsch souvenirs for sale near Boca do Inferno. We nipped back to theContinue reading “Final glimpses”

Traditional Portuguese market

Next up on our Portuguese jaunt are of a traditional market in Cascais. First up we sample a sweet regional speciality – Ginjinha or simply Ginja. It’s a portuguese liqueur made by infusing ginja berries, (sour cherry)  in alcohol  and adding sugar together with other ingredients. It’s served in an adorable little chocolate cup – hereContinue reading “Traditional Portuguese market”

Mafra Palace

On-route back to Cascais we take a flying visit to the Palace of Mafra, a monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical palace-monastery. *Wikipedia alert* The imposing façade, built of local limestone, is 220 m long and faces the town of Mafra. At each end of the façade stands a square tower with a bulbous dome, suchContinue reading “Mafra Palace”

Azenhas do Mar

A short drive away from Cascais is the tiny hamlet of Azenhas do Mar. That’s our destination for the day and we set out, all packed into the hire car, stopping to snap some decorative tiles onroute. Azenhas do Mar is a picture-perfect village located by the Atlantic Ocean with white houses tumbling down theContinue reading “Azenhas do Mar”


Our final stop of the trip is Cascais, a bustling seaside resort with lots of restaurents, bars and shops. Cascais has been  a favoured holiday destination since the early 19th century. Historically Cascais was a minor fishing port but this forever changed when King Fernando II (1816-1885) proclaimed Cascais as his favoured destination for his summer retreat.Continue reading “Cascais”

A sliver of Sintra

After exploring the quirky joys of Quinta De Regaleria we had a quick trot around the town of Sintra itself. This picturesque town is set in the pine covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. The slightly cooler climate enticed the nobility and elite of Portugal, who constructed exquisite palaces, extravagant residences and decorative gardens. SintraContinue reading “A sliver of Sintra”

Initiation Wells

The unique architecture of the Quinta de Regaleira combines a wealth of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance features, however one of its most fascinating features is located beneath the ground – a pair of wells spiralling deep within the earth. The pair of wells, known as the ‘Initiation Wells’ or ‘Inverted Towers’, consist of ‘windingContinue reading “Initiation Wells”