Travel in Portugal, Day 7, Torres Novas to Queluz

We left Tomar on a high, fortified by the daily coffee and pasteis de nata, and went looking for a Roman Villa at Torres Novas, the Villa CardilloThe site was first excavated in 1962 and in my view it has been neglected – you can walk anywhere and mosaics are lying unprotected in the open. It is conjectured that the Villa was owned by a couple.

The Villa Cardillo
The Villa Cardillo
Central heating for the Villa
Central heating for the Villa
The mosaic which talks of the owners, Cardillo and Avita
The mosaic which talks of the owners, Cardillo and Avita
Cardillo and Avita?
Cardillo and Avita?

We used the motorways to take us down to the Pousada de Queluz which was originally part of the Royal Palace, and the traffic and hustle and bustle was quite a shock after the quiet and emptiness of the Alentejo. (The viaduct below is in the hills behind Lisbon.)

The hills behind Lisbon

The Pousada, Queluz
The Pousada, Queluz

 

 

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