July 12, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO LISBON From LAX , US Airways, United, Air France, Lufthansa, British, KLM and Iberia offer connecting service (change of plane) to Lisbon. Restricted round-trip fares range from $815 to $1,287, including taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 351 (country code for Portugal) and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Pestana Palace , 54 Rua Jau, Lisbon; 213-615-600 or 210-401-711.
May 5, 2012
Kathleen Dier-Saltz and her husband, Larry, visited Portugal in September to celebrate his 60th birthday. In Braga, near the country's northwestern corner, the couple happened upon groups of college-age students, some dressed in elaborate uniforms. As Dier-Saltz watched the students, these two young women took a backward glance. The West Hills resident used a Nikon D3000.
March 28, 1993
Your feature ("Coasting on Portugal's Riviera," March 7) brought back memories of my two-month trip through Europe in 1971. For 10 days I stayed in the waterfront, vine-covered Pensao Ricco in Cascais, pictured off to the right in one of your cover photos. The rates for demi-pension were just $5.50 per day and, it being off-season in late October, I was the only pampered guest. The Cascais citizens were unfailingly polite, charming and eager to suggest local attractions. Only the prices seem to have changed.
July 12, 2013 |
LISBON - Do you daydream about luxury lodgings with well-stocked bars and sculpted gardens? Discreet clerks and waiters who will attend to your every need? Or do your flights of fancy tend toward something more rustic: a walled fortress, perhaps, with commanding views of the lands below? To put it another way: Do you want to stay in a palace - or a castle? Sometimes it's possible to do both, as I discovered on a spring trip to Portugal. It turns out the "royal treatment" fulfilled a fantasy that I wasn't even aware of - until I walked right into it. My husband, Steve, and I had spent a few days in Madrid, visiting our daughter who was studying there, and we had decided we needed to see more of the Iberian Peninsula.
June 4, 2012 |
As neighboring Spain - with its struggling banks and soaring unemployment - sends waves of worries through Europe, bailout officials say that Portugal seems to be more or less on target. The country was deemed worthy of receiving the next batch of funds from its 78 billion-euro ($96 billion) lifeline. The European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund said Monday that Portugal has done well following the stringent austerity program they designed.
May 13, 2012 |
LISBON - For Francisco Reposo, the 30% pay cut he was forced to take this year amid government austerity measures is the least of his worries. The high school science teacher is also on dialysis, awaiting a kidney operation, and Portugal's financial bailout means he's saddled with hundreds of dollars in monthly medical bills. The cost of seeing a doctor in Portugal has more than doubled, from about $12 to $26 a visit. Reposo used to pay nothing for dialysis because he's a blood donor, but that exemption was lifted, and he now pays about $53 for each session.