For an unforgettable overnight experience, stay as a guest of the Visconde Viamonte da Silveira (a modern-day Portuguese count) in his 18th-century manor house on the edge of Guimarães' historic quarter. The Casa Dos Pombais is a typical Minho-style estate surrounded by a manicured garden with orange trees, birdlife, and a bubbling fountain. There's a Pizza Hut across the street, but never mind; enter the manor's gates and you're transported back in time. The house is
chock-full of antiques—silver, crystal, and ceramics. The elderly owners, the Visconde and his wife, give a personal tour of the property. You will be a guest in their home, expected to join them for tea and conversation—which may prove difficult for some, as they don't speak English. But a stay here provides a window into Portugal's aristocratic past, which won't be around in another generation. Note that the phone number is for a central reservations service that handles bookings for this and other manor houses across Portugal.