FROM The man in the front seat / February 5, 2018

Cascais – home of the rich & famous

Population 207,000 General The beautiful Portuguese seaside town of Cascais is located 30km north-west of Lisbon. This once small fishing village gained its fame in the late 19th century when the Portuguese royal family decided to frequent the town. Today Cascais, and the municipality it is in, is one of the richest municipalities in Portugal on of the principle towns on the Estoril Coast, or the Portuguese Riviera. History Cascais has been inhabited since Palaeolithic time when people used the natural caves along the coast to deposit their dead. Not […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / March 28, 2017

Palace of Queluz

Located in the town of Queluz, this wonderful 18th century palace was the last of the great rococo places to be built in Europe. In 1794, the palace became the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent and his family, and remained so until the Royal Family fled to Brazil in 1807 following the French Invasion of Portugal. From 1826, the palace slowly fell out of favour with the Portuguese Royal Family an in 1908 it became the property of the state. A fire in 1934 saw the palace extensively […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / February 13, 2014


Pop.: 33,000 With its incredible setting in a National Park on the north slope of a granite mountain and set amongst wooded ravines with natural water springs, it comes as no surprise that that for many years Sintra was the favourite summer destination for the Portuguese Royal Family. As a consequence the area became a popular place for summer homes for many of Portugal’s wealthy and aristocratic.  Since 1995 the town has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts, deservedly so, tens of thousands of visitors each […]

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