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Top Choice Palace in Sintra

Palácio Nacional de Sintra

The star of Sintra-Vila is this palace, with its iconic twin conical chimneys and lavish, whimsical interior, which is a mix of Moorish and Manueline styles, with arabesque courtyards, barley-twist columns and 15th-…
Top Choice Notable Building in Sintra

Quinta da Regaleira

This magical villa and gardens is a neo-Manueline extravaganza, dreamed up by Italian opera-set designer, Luigi Manini, under the orders of Brazilian coffee tycoon, António Carvalho Monteiro, aka 'Monteiro dos Milhõ…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Setúbal

Corktale

This hip wine bar is the domain of air-traffic-controller-turned-sommelier Gonçalo Patraquim, who will suss out your palate and introduce you to something brilliant from his meticulously curated inventory of 200 bou…
Top Choice Palace in Sintra

Palácio Nacional da Pena

Rising from a thickly wooded peak and often enshrouded in swirling mist, Palácio Nacional da Pena is a wacky confection of onion domes, Moorish keyhole gates, writhing stone snakes and crenellated towers in pinks an…
Top Choice Castle in Sintra

Castelo dos Mouros

Soaring 412m above sea level, this mist-enshrouded ruined castle looms high above the surrounding forest. When the clouds peel away, the vistas over Sintra’s palace-dotted hill and dale, across to the glittering Atl…
Top Choice Cafe in Cascais

Café Galeria House of Wonders

This fantastically whimsical, Dutch-owned cafe is tucked away in the old quarter. Its astonishingly good Middle Eastern/Mediterranean vegetarian meze buffet downstairs includes a hot-dish add-on for €9.95 (aubergine…
Top Choice Portuguese in Setúbal

490 Taberna STB

Probably Setúbal's best restaurant, this contemporary taberna is where in-the-know foodies go for revamped Portuguese cuisine with a modern edge. The bacalhau with poached eggs will completely reformat your idea of …
Top Choice Seafood in Around Sintra

Adraga

This legendary seafood restaurant sits on the edge of a small beach below Almoçageme. No fancy techniques or overdressed dining room here – just incredibly fresh fish and seafood cooked to perfection, served in a ca…
Top Choice Portuguese in Cascais

Bar do Guincho

Sweeping the awards for most dramatic location in Cascais, this good-time bar/restaurant sits tucked behind a craggy ridge on the northern end of Guincho. From the sand, you would never know it's there, but it is – …
Top Choice Portuguese in Mafra

João da Vila Velha

Located just enough off the tourist path, old school Chef João runs this authentic and colourful neighbourhood tasca (tavern). There's a wealth of simple but honestly cooked classics (octopus, bacalhau etc) and a go…