Municipalities of Portugal

Off the beaten path

High up on an ochre cliff overlooking the cobalt blue Atlantic Ocean stands a stately hotel. In the quiet grounds of manicured lawns and palm trees all seems restful.

Friday, 13 April, 2012, 12:00am

Mysteries of Lisbon

Mysteries of Lisbon Adriano Luz, Maria Joao Bastos, Clotilde Hesme, Ricardo Pereira Director: Raul Ruiz

First things first. Contrary to most reports about this film, Mysteries of Lisbon is not the final film Raul Ruiz made before his death in August at the age of 70.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Market sees salvation in the Algarve

The only word in Portuguese you need to know right now is deprimido.

If you are unfortunate enough to be trying to sell property, or in any way involved in the Portuguese real estate market, it is probably worth learning this word which, unsurprisingly, means depressed.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Where the wind blows

'My girlfriend doesn't spend long at the hair salon. There's no point.'

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mysteries of Lisbon

Raul Ruiz wasn't even expected to finish this film: midway through shooting, which began in 2008, the sexagenarian was diagnosed with liver cancer, and only timely surgery saved his life. Incredibly, he recovered and completed Mysteries of Lisbon - which would have been a mammoth achievement for a healthier, younger filmmaker.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Heritage Av Liberdade, Lisbon

What is it? A grand, late 18th-century townhouse on the Portuguese capital's answer to Paris' Champs-Elysees that has been given a makeover by designer Miguel Cancio Martins. Martins is responsible for creating other hip hangouts, such as the Buddha Bar in Paris, New York's Man Ray and Strictly Hush in London, so expect the unexpected.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Detours: Alentejo, Portugal

It's quiet in the early morning as I speed through a landscape of wildflowers, sheep, cattle and not much else, heading east from Lisbon along the road to 'nowhere'.

3 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Portugal Quiz

1 Who was the last Portuguese Pope? 2 On which European peninsula is Portugal located? 3 What was the 'Carnation Revolution'? 4 Portugal is party to the oldest military alliance still in force (dating back to 1294). With whom was this alliance? 5 What is Portugal's second city? 6 What is the name of the nation's most popular and enduring traditional music genre?

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Inspiration for all in stunning Sintra

THE 19TH CENTURY English Romantic poet Lord Byron was underwhelmed by Portugal, until he arrived in the resort town of Sintra, where he became so inspired that he penned part of his brooding Gothic travelogue, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Globe-spanning past, Europe-led future

Once emperor of the seas, the nation now cherishes the stability and influence that comes with being a member of the EU

10 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Perfect 10

1 Faro

26 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Savour the charms of simple fare and rustic folk festivals

Diverse and historically rich Portugal offers everything a tourist could wish for - cities blessed with outstanding architecture, picturesque fishing villages, beautiful golf links and some of Europe's best beaches.

10 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

perfect 10

1 Vila Nova de Gaia

8 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Bike trek

Portuguese sportsmen Tito Baiao and Joao Pedro Pereira plan a 22,000km motorbike ride from Macau to Oporto, Portugal, Europe's official capital of culture in 2001.

5 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Macau's rich gift to China

As Macau gears up for its handover to the mainland at the end of this year, China is being subtly reminded of the rich heritage it is about to acquire. It is being told of sensibilities and aesthetics, of religious preferences and free expression, of the Portuguese soul of the place and of its cultural vitality.

15 Jul 1999 - 12:00am