Buçaco National Park

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Fairy tale hotel in magnificent forest Nov 27, 2010
Buçaco (sometimes written as Bussaco) Forest is easily accessed by bus from Coimbra. (buses to Viseu stop there.)

According to the website it was first settled by monks in the 6th century but the trees, though some go back for hundreds of years, are not as old as that. I was unable to take full advantage of the forest as there were paths through that looked superb but I never go where I am beyond sight and sound of others because my heart condition occasionally renders me unconscious.

The hotel was built as a palace and it looks like one, emerging suddenly from the trees. Unlike the pousadas, it does not allow visitors to come in for a drink and look at the interior! Apparently this would disturb the peace of the guests - who have no doubt paid a terribly large sum!

Just outside the forest a minor road leads to a memorial to the Battle of Buçaco, where the Duke of Wellington's troops started their comeback against Napoleon's forces.
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