Portugal

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Diving in Algarve: Part 1

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Portugal: Restaurants list

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Best Dining Bets Clara (Lisbon; tel. 21/885-30-53): This elegant citadel, with a refined dining room playing soft piano music and serving a remarkable Portuguese and international cuisine, is a favorite among serious palates. The chefs take special care with all their ingredients, and we sing …

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Portugal: Hotels list

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Portugal’s Best Hotel Bets Pestana Carlton Palace (Lisbon; tel. 21/361-56-00; www.pestana.com): One of the grandest hotels to open in Portugal in years, this hotel lies in an upscale residential section 5km (3 miles) from the historic center. It was carved out of a villa built …

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Portugal: When to go

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Climate “We didn’t know we had an April,” one Lisbon resident said, “until that song came out.” As a song and a season, “April in Portugal” is famous. Summer might be the most popular time to visit, but for the traveler who can chart his …

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Portugal

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Addresses — In Portugal, the ground floor is not called the first floor as in the United States; what Americans would call the fourth floor is actually the third floor. “ESP” after a floor number indicates that you should go left, and “DIR” means turn …

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Introduction to Portugal

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Centuries ago, Portugal was a pioneer of worldwide exploration. Until recently, however, it was never as successful in attracting visitors to its own shores. Outside of greater Lisbon, the Algarve, and the island of Madeira, Portugal remained unknown and undiscovered by the mainstream visitor for …

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Introduction to Algarve

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In the ancient Moorish town of Xelb (today called Silves), a handsome and sensitive vizier once lived. During one of his sojourns into northern lands, he fell in love with a beautiful Nordic princess. After they married, he brought her back to the Algarve. Soon …