THE BEST WAY TO PORTUGAL
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011(the international dialing code), 351 (country code for Portugal) and the nine-digit number.
WHERE TO STAY
Casa das Marés 3, Rua Raúl Brandão, Praia do Baleal; 262-769-371, http://www.casadasmares.com. For seafood (entrees 10 euros), walk across the beach to Prainha Bar Restaurante, part of Café Amigos do Baleal, Praia do Baleal, Ferrel Peniche, 2520; 262-758-087
Palace Hotel do Bussaco, Mata do Bussaco, 3051-261, Luso; 231-937-970, http://www.almeidahotels.com. The hotel restaurant, João Vaz, offers multi-course meals for 35 or 40 euros.
Pousada de Viseu, Rua do Hospital, 3500-161 Viseu; 232-457-230, http://www.pousadas.pt. – check this web site for deals at pousadas throughout Portugal; some are offered only if you book on a Tuesday. In Viseu, we bypassed the pousada restaurant and ate at the cheaper (4 euros for some entrees), homier Restaurante Hilario, Rua Augusto Hilario 35, 232-436-587.
Best Western Hotel Santa Clara, Travessa da Milheira, 19 7000-545, Évora. 266-704-141, http://www.hotelsantaclara.pt. Our favorite food in Évora was the ice cream at Gelateria Zoka, Largo de São Vicente 14.
Duas Quintas, Santo Estevão – Cx. P. 607 8300-047, Silves; 309-402-079, http://www.algarveguesthouse.com. In little Silves, we enjoyed great seafood at Marisqueira Rui (6 to 15 euros), Rua Com Vilarinho 27, 282-442-682, and the hipper ambience of Café Inglês (6 to 14 euros), Rua Castelo 11, near the town's hilltop castle, 282-442-585
Casa Costa do Castelo, Costa do Castelo #54/4th andar, 1100-179 Lisboa; 218-822-678, http://www.c-c-castelo.com. Lisbon boasts many recommended restaurants; we liked the Indian food at Tamarind (8 to 16 euros), Rua Glória 43, 213-466-080.
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