The Algarve, with its dazzlingly bright and oh-so uplifting light, is a region of hidden delights: of golden beaches framed by beautifully wrought limestone rocks; of simple restaurants where the taste of the fish – just caught, just grilled, and drizzled with local olive oil – will pull you back time and time again.
Inland, up in the hills of Monchique, days revolve around the seasons – killing the pig and gathering provisions for winter; collecting chestnuts and foraging berries to make the local firewater. Olives, oranges, carobs and almonds are picked and sold at markets. By the coast, you can see locals wading into the Atlantic at low tide to find cockles and barnacles. Fishermen, who learnt the trade from their fathers, go out to catch squid and octopus – just as local people have done for centuries.
Luxury hotels come in many forms. In Lisbon, the sexiest properties are in reimagined palaces. Here you can live as aristocracy with all the 21st-century comforts.
Here are the best luxury hotels in Lisbon:
History comes alive at this palace at the foot of Castelo São Jorge in the charming Castelo neighborhood. It is the former residence of a noble family dating from 1449. In the sitting rooms, more than 3,800 blue-and-white Portuguese tiles from the 16th century cover the walls. The 11 romantic suites have bright colors and contemporary elements. Opened last month, the new Grenache restaurant celebrates French cuisine using Portugal’s best products. Continue at Source: The Best Luxury Hotels in Lisbon
The best hotels in Lisbon are Portuguese owned—and have a Portuguese soul. Whether they are big or small, historic or contemporary, they all have an attitude that couldn’t exist anywhere else. And their hospitality is as genuine as can be.
The name of this hotel comes from alma, which means “soul” in Portuguese, and Lusitania, the land that is now Portugal. And Portuguese soul is the defining feature of the 28-room hotel, which has the residential quality of an elegant guesthouse rather than a luxurious hotel. Continue at Source: The Best Hotels in Lisbon
Experimental cocktails, secret-recipe pastéis de nata, and a tile museum.
It’s commonly understood that the best way to explore a new place is to go straight to the locals. Each week in the Urbanist, we take that wisdom one step further by seeking out not just locals but local experts — those who are especially well-versed in their cities’ newest and most noteworthy scenes — to give us insider tips. This week, we asked chef Diogo Lopes, pastry sous chef at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, for his recommendations in Portugal’s capital city. Continue at Source: A Pastry Chef’s Guide to Lisbon
Portugal is a hot travel destination. See some of the most beautiful views.Portugal has been lauded as a hot travel destination – and with good reason. With several major U.S. airlines offering direct flights to Lisbon from the East Coast, plenty of colorful and picturesque views and the solid dollar-to-euro exchange rate, it’s not a surprise that Portugal has been climbing on lists of popular travel spots, most recently taking home the title of Europe’s Leading Destination in the 2019 World Travel Awards. Explore this beautiful country, starting with a view of Lisbon from one of the city’s many lookout points. Continue at Source: Photo tour: Beautiful Portugal
You may think you’ve seen blue hydrangeas. But there’s a place in the middle of the Atlantic where the hydrangeas are so vibrant, they are sure to become your favorite flower.
Faial, nicknamed “Blue Island,” is one of nine islands that make up the Azores, a territory of Portugal. And every summer, the island explodes with hydrangeas that are an especially stunning shade of blue.
Portugal holidays offer up pretty beaches, vibrant cities and plenty of landmarks – here’s what not to miss.