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Porto (Oporto)
Portugal's second-largest city is also the gateway to Northern Portugal and the port wine region. The city occupies a stunning site on granite hills overlooking the Douro River, and the Atlantic Ocean is just a Metro ride away.

Cálem Port Wine Lodge, Porto
In Vila Nova de Gaia, across the River Douro from Porto's old town, you can see how Port wine is made and sip the finished products.

Lisbon
20 pages of illustrated travel advice and Web links for a city with great scenery and a perfect climate, including 7 pages of links to Lisbon hotels, hostels, and other places to stay.

Lisbon's Museu do Oriente
A stunning new museum in a former salt-cod warehouse traces Portugal's historic and cultural role in the Far East, introduces Asian gods, and has temporary exhibits drawn from a collection of more than 13,000 objects.

Oceanário di Lisboa
Lisbon's Oceanarium is the second-largest acquarium of its kind in the world, and the largest in Europe. It has more than 16,00 fish, mammals, and other species in a striking modern building along the River Tagus.

Sintra's Pena National Palace
Take a suburban train to Sintra, just 40 minutes outside LIsbon, where a 19th Century Moorish- and medieval-style castle is perched on a rocky ridge above a romantic hillside park.

Pastéis de Belém
No visit to Lisbon's Mosteiro dos Jerónimos or the Torre de Belém is complete without a visit to this bakery-café next door to the monastery, which has been serving delectable custard tarts since 1837.

Lisbon-Madrid Night Train
The Lusitánia Comboio Trenhotel is jointly operated by CP Portuguese Railways and Renfe Spanish Railways. Accommodations range from reclining seats to "Gran Clase" staterooms with private sink, WC, and shower.

Hotel Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Várzea, Lamego
Portugal's most celebrated mother has reclaimed her family's Douro Valley wine estate and converted the 17th Century manor house into a delightful country hotel.

The Algarve
Great beaches, spectacular scenery, pleasant towns, and reasonable prices make Portugal's Algarve delightful--especially in winter, spring, or fall.

Buçaco (Bussaco), Portugal
This beautiful forest has 1,400 years of history, and its former royal palace may be Europe's least expensive grand hotel.

Conimbriga Ruins
When you're driving north from Lisbon, don't miss the largest and most impressive Roman archaeological site in Portugal.

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