Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Algarve


untitled-7The Algarve is the southernmost region in Portugal and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe with over 7 million foreign tourists visiting the area each year. We had the opportunity to visit the area on a cruise several years ago when our ship made a port stop in Portimao. Continue reading »

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Palacio Nacional de Pena (Pena Palace)



Approximately 18 miles outside of Lisbon is a remarkable castle overlooking the town of Sintra.  Originally a chapel,  a monastery was built on the site in the 15th century. It was considered to be a pilgrimage site and sanctuary until it was destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 1755. The existing castle was purchased and built in approx. 1850 by King Ferdinand. Continue reading »

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