Top ChoiceForest in Luso & Mata Nacional do Buçaco

Mata Nacional do Buçaco

Sprawling out from the Palacio do Buçaco, this aromatic forest is littered with crumbling chapels, fountains, ponds and exotic trees. There is a network of well-signposted trails leading to features such as the...

Top ChoicePortuguese in Luso & Mata Nacional do Buçaco

Pedra de Sal

Winningly done out in dark wood, this cosy wine-bar-restaurant is the best in Luso by far. Its menu covers the usual array of meat and fish dishes; however, it's the succulent cuts of Iberian pork and expertly...

Palace in Luso & Mata Nacional do Buçaco

Palacio do Buçaco

Originally a royal summer retreat, this lavish palace, now home to the Palace Hotel do Buçaco, was built in 1907 on the site of a 17th-century Carmelite monastery. It's an extraordinary sight, over the top in...

Convent in Luso & Mata Nacional do Buçaco

Convento de Santa Cruz do Buçaco

Tucked away behind the Palace Hotel do Buçaco, this is what remains of the convent where Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, rested after he had led his Anglo-Portuguese army to victory at the Battle...

Portuguese in Luso & Mata Nacional do Buçaco

Palace Hotel do Buçaco

For a truly memorable dinner, it’s hard to beat the elegant spread at the Palace Hotel's dining room, itself a work of art with natural light pouring in through a graceful faux-Manueline window studded with...