ACCOMMODATIONS: Lisbon has very good hotels to fit every taste and budget. The most luxurious hostelry in town is the swank A’viz. Minimum rate is $8.50 single, Continental Plan. The Hotel Imperio is very charming, $6 for a single, American Plan. First class and more moderately priced are the Condestdvel, Avenida Palace Hotel, Hotel Florida and Hotel Victoria; single rooms, American Plan, are $4.60 and $5.50. These are only a few of Lisbon‚„s many hotels. Accommodations can be had for as low as $2.80 a day with all meals in the little native hotels seldom frequented by tourists, but full of native atmosphere. Rates based on official exchange are the same year round, and can be arranged on European Plan. Throughout the country there are a number of Government-owned pousadas, or guest houses, and privately-owned estalagens (inns) which offer tourists comfortable and interesting if not luxurious accommodations.
ARTS: There are Roman, Visigothic, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, baroque and neo-classic style monuments in Portugal, as well as some of modern architecture. A peculiar Portuguese style, the Manuelino, dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, will draw your attention, as it is exuberantly decorated with nautical and maritime motives. It is essentially the style of the maritime discoveries period. The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Torre de Belem in Lisbon are very representative of that art.
There is a Portuguese school of painting (fifteenth and sixteenth centuries) with its own characteristics, of which a very important collection can be seen at the Ancient Art Museum in Lisbon. Besides those Portuguese ancient paintings, beautiful specimens of Spanish, Flemish, Italian, German, etc., painters can be admired, too. There is also a precious collection of goldsmith art, ceramics, tapestry, etc., in this museum. The Contemporary Art Museum in Lisbon, the Soares dos Reis Museum in Oporto, the Machado de Castro Museum in Coimbra and the Grao Vasco Museum in Viseu display the most characteristic Portuguese paintings and sculptures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Remarkable are the Coaches Museum in Lisbon, with a very singular and rich collection of royal coaches, unique in the world, and the Popular Art Museum, also in Lisbon, marvelous synthesis of the Portuguese people‚„s life.
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