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Hotel Eurostars Museum archaeological ruins, Lisbon, Portugal

The Hotel Eurostars Museum is located in the old Palace of Coculim, which was built in the 16th century but was mostly destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. Whatever was left after the earthquake was destroyed by the successive uses given to the palace and from its origins only some Mannerist features and the coat of arms of the Counts of Coculim, in the corner, remain. However, the hotel's historical interest has deeper roots, as it is located on top of an area with over 8 thousand years of history, starting in the Neolithic Period. This area has been studied for a few decades and the results are exhibited in the hotel. One of the most important findings was a Phoenician  stele  because it showed that there were already Phoenician colonies on the Atlantic Coast during the Iron Age and these resulted not only in trading but also in acculturation, as the names on the stele are local names. In one of the exhibition areas are the remains of a Roman domus , including a mosaic with a

Ribeira Beach, Cascais, Portugal

Ribeira Beach is located in the centre of Cascais, close to the main square. It is named after Ribeira de Vinhais (a stream) which flows into the ocean in this beach. It is mainly used for fishing activities and there are a small dock and pier. It is thus also known as "Fishermen's beach". Although it isn't destined for bathing, the water quality is good and monitored regularly and the beach is supervised by a lifeguard during the bathing season. It is located about five minutes from the train station and can be crowded during the high season, particularly on weekends.

Fronteira Palace, Lisbon, Portugal

Fronteira Palace started being built in 1670, right after the Restoration War, due to which D. João de Mascarenhas became the Marquis de Fronteira as a reward for his military feats. The Palace was initially a Hunting Pavilion and a Summer Residence but after the main residence, more close to Lisbon was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, it became the seat of House Fronteira. The Palace was not affected by the earthquake due to the basaltic soil it stands on but after it became the family's main residence the Palace was significantly enlarged and renovated. Fronteira Palace is located close to Monsanto Park and is classified as a national monument since 1982, including the gardens, a chapel, a gallery with all the Portuguese monarchs- except the Spanish dynasty against which the Marquis de Fronteira went to war- and a small pavilion with a water tank. It is said that this pavilion is decorated with the pieces of broken plates used in a banquet held for king D. Pedro II, as it w

Martim Moniz Square, Lisbon, Portugal

According to legend, Martim Moniz was a knight in D. Afonso Henrique's army during the city's reconquest in 1147 (D. Afonso Henriques was the first king of Portugal). Seeing one of the gates open he threw himself into the breach, allowing for the invading army to enter at the cost of his own life. Martim Moniz square results from the demolition of Lower Mouraria in the mid 20th century, including the street after which the square is named. Only the chapel of Our Lady of Good Health survived the demolition. In the 90s the city council decided to make the toponym official and maintain the homage to the hero of questionable existence. During many years the square looked very degraded, until 2012, when the city council decided to renovate, adding new kiosks and esplanades. This square is also known as Lisbon's Chinatown, due to the existence of many Chinese and Indian shopkeepers. The fountain is a reference to the old wall, of which only an unrecognizable tower remains ne