Sintra, Cascais & Queluz Portugal

We traveled to these cities after coming into Lisbon, Europe's westernmost capital. Lisbon is on the bank of the Tagus River, where the waterway broadens in to a natural harbor.

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Sintra is about 20 miles NW of Lisbon and one of Portugal's oldest villages.

Thick forests are part of what draws people to Sintra.

Portugal is a blend of very rural area, and larger markets and stores.

The village of Queluz is known for the National Palace, which was built in 1747. They would let you take pictures, as long as you didn't use a flash.

The village of Queluz is known for the National Palace, which was built in 1747. They would let you take pictures, as long as you didn't use a flash.

We saw where the King & Queen worshipped.

The gardens were also incredible.

Interesting facts:

  • Following the 1974 revolution, life in Portugal is rapidly changing.

  • Growing economic and cultural links with Europe mean greater social mobility and rising expectations among the lower class, although it is still among the least developed nations in western Europe.

  • Manufacturing is of major importance to the economy, employing about 35% of the labor force. However services and tourism employ about 52% of the work force and produce about 66% of their GDP.

  • In 2001 Portugal had 427 telephone lines for every 1000 people.

  • There were 306 radios and 638 TV sets per 1000 residents in 2000.

Portugal Facts:

  • Government: A democratic republic with a president and legislature.

  • Population: ~10 million

  • Currency: Euro