Her home is indeed her castle: A visit to the Palácio Cadaval, now a popular museum, tops the Duchess of Cadaval’s list of sites to visit in Évora, Portugal, about 90 miles outside of Lisbon.
Visitors can tour the private quarters of the Cadaval family, gaze on a portrait by Pierre-Antoine Quillard of the 3rd Duke de Cadaval, check out the vast 16th-century kitchen and learn the story of a family that stretches back to 1390. Here, her other key tips.
WHERE TO STAY: The Convento do Espinheiro hotel and spa, “where time has seemed to stop,” Cadaval enthuses.
EATING AND DRINKING: Tasquinha do Oliveira has the best tapas in town, according to the duchess. Another good option for afternoon tapas and a glass of wine is Pateo, not far from the Praça do Giraldo. A third option is Restaurante Fialho.
THINGS TO DO: Évora shelters one of the best skydiving schools in Portugal, a famous archeological site of standing stones known as Cromeleques dos Almendres and a vocal group called Cantares de Évora, which last year was classified as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
TO TAKE HOME: Cadaval suggests a bottle of renowned Alentejo wine by Pera Manca or Esporão, and hand-painted pottery from the region, available at the Palácio Cadaval museum shop.