The pride and joy of this late-16th-century L-shape mansion is its box-hedged garden and striking azulejo-lined paths. You can't tour the villa, which is a private residence, but the garden is open to the public and contains a pavilion with three pyramidal towers—the so-called Casa do Fresco, which houses the country's oldest azulejo panel. Dating from 1565, it depicts the story of Susannah and the Elders. Scattered elsewhere are Moorish-influenced panels, fragrant groves of fruit trees, and enough restful spots to while away an afternoon. For a one-hour guided tour, reservations must be made a week in advance.
4 km (2½ mi) east of Vila Nogueira de Azeitão on N1, Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, 2925-901, Portugal