Poet, playwright and government minister Antonio Ferro came up with the concept of the pousada in the 1940s: a hotel that offers an authentically Portuguese experience, via itssurroundings and gastronomy. There are now almost 30 pousadas dotted around the Portuguese mainland and islands; many occupy historic buildings in sublime locations. So, it was something of an anomaly that until this summer, there wasn't one in the capital, one of Europe's oldest cities. Happily, an opulent 18th-century sunflower-yellow Pombaline building, once home to Portugal's Interior Ministry, has been repurposed as the latest – and perhaps one of the grandest – of Portugal's pousadas.
Fiona Dunlop prepares for the fado-full festivities with a plate of Portugal's famous sardines
Portugal hold a 1-0 advantage following the first leg
Madeleine disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in the Algarve in 2007 as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends
The winger scored twice earlier this week
Crown prosecutors have travelled to Portugal for the first time to discuss new leads over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
A dozen apartments in a converted 18th-century building offer an insight to local life in the city, says Caroline Kamp
A fast run to Lisbon, even though the wind strength will be relatively light, was in prospect for the eight-strong fleet of trimarans as they left Valencia on the opening leg of the inaugural Route des Princes.
Luxury escapism, olive groves and natural lagoons
Artur Baptista da Silva faces prosecution after faking his 'career' as an economics expert
Eight years ago they produced a stunning success but there looks to be little hope of a repeat
A strike by Portugal's largest trade union confederation forced the cancellation of most public transport services today as well as hitting schools and hospital services.
1. Villeroy & Boch
Cesaria Evora, the "barefoot diva", became the ambassadress par excellence of her country, the small West African island group of Cape Verde, and one of the most famous African singers in the world. Her origins were humble and she represented that dying breed typified by the last of the old rural blues singers – an artist who genuinely lived the hard times her songs spoke of.
Former Portugal and Benfica star Eusebio is likely to stay in a hospital
over Christmas after being diagnosed with double pneumonia, doctors
Raul Ruiz, who died this year, has left us with a surreal four-hour story, set in 19th-century Portugal, that reclaims cinema as the language of dream