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 Cardillo. The 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.
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.)
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