oNE wEEK'S tOUR FROM mADRID TO mADRID
|Leave Madrid by train for Arroyo (eleven hours), celebrated for the famous Roman Bridge, one of the wonders of Spain. It was built in 105 A.D., and strides across the Tagus in six majestic arches. It is built wholly of granite, without the use of mortar.
|Lisbon (seven hours by rail from Arroyo) . The approach by sea is very fine, and it can be reached in four days' sail from England. The chief places of interest are the Church of St. Roque, the Garden of St. Pedro d' Alcantara, the Estrella Church, Museum of Artillery, Academy of Fine Arts, etc. Belem Church contains the remains of the famous navigator Vasco da Gama, also the tombs of Camoens, the poet, and Catharine of Braganza, wife of Charles II of England. Interesting excursions are to Cintra, the summer quarters of the rank and fashion of Lisbon; Pena Palace, the summer residence of the king; Castello da Pena; the Moorish Castle, at the summit of a peak which overhangs the town of Cintra; and Montserrate, formerly the residence of William Beckford, the eccentric author of " Vathek."
|Coimbra (four hours by rail from Lisbon). The situation of the university city 'of Coimbra has long been the theme of poet and traveler. The celebrated Quinta das Lagrimas was once the residence of the fair Ignez de Castro, and the scene of the crime described in the "Lusiad" by Camoens. The poet is believed to have been born here. A fine view of the city and the adjacent country is had from the tower of the University.
|Oporto (two hours by rail from Coimbra) , the commercial capital of Portugal, beautifully situated on the Douro, which is spanned by two magnificent iron bridges, one of which is a single arch of 560 feet. The chief places of interest are the Crystal Palace, the attractive Passeio das Virtudes and the Gothic Basilica S. Francisco.
|Salamanca (fourteen hours from Oporto) . An old Spanish university city, in which a day's visit will be enjoyed.
|Madrid, in seven hours.