Vogue magazine dedicated an article on which points 19 reasons why everyone had schedule a travel to Portugal this year.
On a travel that will cross all the country, Vogue started in the north, visiting Porto. Besides the city itself the article talks about the food and the artistic boom that the city lived.
While in Porto, there are 3 more reason to stay: a hotel, a restaurant and a retro shop.
During your walk around the city you must go to A Vida Portuguesa. Located in downtown area, this shop have lots of traditional portuguese products to ofer you.
When you start to feel hungry, look for Rib Beef & Wine, designed by Cristina Matos, it’s the perfect place for those that love meet. You will rejoice before you head to ROSA ET AL hotel to spend the perfect night on a 19th century spirit
After Porto you’ll need to stop a little and relax because there is still much to come on your travel around Portugal. To have those relaxing days, nothing better than travel to the Douro Valley, one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal, designated by Unesco as Human Herritage.
In this region you’ll find one of the best hotels in Portugal, the Six Senses hotel is charming and luxurious. Every room opens out onto the stunning surrounding nature. Pure paradise.
If you are in Douro you must taste some Douro and Porto wines and the best place to do it is Quinta do Crasto. A family-run business offers wonderfully informative wine-tasting sessions that include some of the oldest wines in the country from Maria Teresa and Vinha da Ponte as well as Porto
You have rested long enough, now it’s time to hit the road and travel to Lisbon. With a nightlife to rival Havana, tramways and bridges like San Francisco, renovated docks like London, and the Alfama district with more than a hint of the medinas of the Maghreb, Portugal’s capital is a trip around the world all in one city.
You’ll have a lot to walk in the city so it’s better to have the stomach ready and, for that, you must eat a Pastel de Nata (Portuguese cakes like custard tartelettes), at Pastelaria Benard. If it’s time to have lunch or dinner, look for La Taberna da Rua das Flores a litle restaurant in Chiado, specialist in tapas, that has earnt a reputation as one of the best tables in Lisbon.
During you walk, a must go place is Bairro Alto, the most popular neighborhood for arty city dwellers in the past, nowadays it’s cobbled streets are full of trendy hairdressers and young designers boutiques. At night it gains another life with lots of bars where you can have some fun.
It’s time to rest and H10 Duque de Loulé hotel is the perfect choice. Built in Marquis of Pombal Square the hotel’s ultra-hip interior puts a modern twist on the typically Portuguese Azuelo tiles, covering the walls of the lobby in a gorgeous blue hue.
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After Portugal’s capital it’s time to go south, towards Algarve but still some stops to do on the way, specially if you like the beach:
Just cross the bridge and you’ll find Praia da Riviera in Costa da Caparica. If you go a litle bit to the south, Comporta is the place you should stop, the region is scattered with some of the country’s finest boutique hotels and luxury cabins. Facing the endless blue of the Atlantic Ocean, the Comporta Café is arguably one of the best restaurants in the region.
Tucked away on the banks of the Rio Sado, you will see two former fishing huts that were remodeled by architect Manuel Aires Mateus in 2013 and now blend into the blissful landscape of fine sand and wild foliage. One hut is a cozy bedroom with a shower that can be opened to nature if you wish, while the other features an intimate sitting room complete with a kitchen hidden away in the wooden structure.
On the stunning Vicentina coast in the extreme south of Portugal, Cabeça da Cabra is a former primary school in the village of Alentejo. Converted into a ed & breakfast it’s a perfect place for surfers.
It’s time to arrive to our last stop in Portugal, the Algarve. With its many creeks, lagoons and famous orange cliffs that jut out into the sea as well as its many charming rural towns to see and explore. Here you should stay at Fazenda Nova, a charming hotel runned by a couple from London that fell in love with Portugal.
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