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.
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. Part of the Leading Hotels of the World group. The rooms are fairly spacious and look as though interior design was taken seriously. The grounds should inspire multiple explorations. Doubles from about $272.
Pousada de Castelo, Paço Real, Óbidos; 210-407-630. Most of the rooms in the castle are relatively small, but you may be inspired to don a suit of armor and boil some oil to pour over the battlements. Doubles from $270.
TO LEARN MORE
Portuguese National Tourist Office, (646) 723-0200 (dial 3 for tourism).