To Lisbon From The Sea – Portugal Travel

In the morning our captain concluded that he had got into lat. 40 degrees, and was very little short of the Endings, as they are called in the charts. We came up with them at five in the afternoon, being the first land we had distinctly seen since we left Devonshire. They consist of abundance […]

Travel Abounds In Lisbon, Portugal

It would be difficult to imagine what city might have risen at the mouth of the Tagus, if any of the three Philips, under whom the two kingdoms of this peninsula were brought together for sixty years (1580-1640), had ever thought of transferring their seat of government to Lisbon. At the time the union was […]

Cintra – Portugal Travel

The village of Cintra lies in one of the folds of the great hill, at perhaps a third of its height up the side; a little Swiss-looking pleasure-town round an open praca, like a set scene upon a stage. Sheer aloft upon a precipice a thousand feet and more above its roofs there stretch the […]

Beckford’s Monserrate – Portugal Travel

As I retrace my steps down the long zigzags to Cintra again, and ever and anon look up at the heights from which I have come, they seem quite inaccessible. Equally, or more so, does the somewhat lower, but even more precipitous eminence called the Cruz Alta, from which the prospect is of surpassing extent […]

Portugal – Southern Portugal, Alemtejo And Algarve

THE mountains beyond the Tejo rarely assume the aspect of chains. For the most part they rise but little above the surrounding plateau. This region is the least attractive of all Portugal, and between the Tejo and the mountains of Algarve there are only plains, monotonous hills, woods, and naked landes. Human habitations are few […]

Portugal – Present And Future

LITTLE Portugal no longer shares with her neighbour, Spain, in the dominion of the world, as in the fifteenth century. The secrecy observed with a view to the retention of the monopoly of trade with countries newly discovered proved in the end most injurious to Portugal. Other nations appeared upon the stage which the Portuguese […]

Portugal – Government And Administration

PORTUGAL is an hereditary and constitutional monarchy. In accordance with the Carta de Ley of 1826, as revised in 1852, the King is charged with the executive, and shares the power of making laws with two chambers. He receives a civil list of 41,000, enjoys the income from certain Crown lands, and possesses magnificent Crow […]

Portugal – General Aspects

PORTUGAL, one of the smallest states of Europe, was nevertheless during a short epoch one of the most powerful. It might appear at the first glance that Portugal ought to be a member of a state including the whole of the Iberian peninsula; but it is neither to chance nor to events purely historical that […]

Portugal – The Valley Of The Tejo (Tagus)

THE lower course of the Tejo, called Tajo in Spain, separates Portugal into two portions differing much in their general aspect, climate, and soil. The valley itself is a sort of intermediary between the north and south, and the vast estuary into which the river discharges itself. Where the Tejo enters Portugal, below the magnificent […]

Portugal – Northern Portugal

THE VALLEY OF THE MINHO, DOURO AND MONDEGO. THE mountains of Lusitania are a portion of the great orographical system of the whole peninsula ; but they are not mere spurs, gradually sinking down towards the sea, for they rise into independent ranges; and the individuality of Portugal is manifested in the relief of its […]