Did you know that the city of Lisbon is older than Rome? Or that Portugal is a world leader in the production of renewable energy? Its History, traditions and proverbial Portuguese simplicity will make you feel that you have landed in the right place. May it be a romantic getaway, a business trip or a holiday with friends, Lisbon and the Algarve beaches are two destinations that never deceive. Ready to enjoy them while staying at the best hotels in Portugal?
Viewpoints, bohemia and secret pastries
Steep, labyrinthic and coloured. This is what the streets of Alfama are like, one of the most unique in Lisbon and located between the castle of San Jorge and the shore of the river Tagus. Bringing a map with you will not be of much help: it is always better to wander around, allowing yourself to be surprised, soaking in the vibe and mixing in with the locals…
Puertas del Sol is one of the most majestic lookout points in the neighbourhood. An ideal place to contemplate Lisbon’s rooftops while enjoying an exquisite pastel de Belém cake. These cream-filled delicacies have a 200-year-old history and a secret recipe that not many people know.
Monasteries, music and restaurants in Lisbon
Chiado, La Baixa and Barrio Alto are unmissable spots to get to know Lisbon. Strolling around their streets full of history will take you on a tour around the most amazing buildings, such as the Jerónimos Monastery, located in the Belém neighborhood.
The legend goes that the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama prayed in this World Heritage temple before leaving for his trip to India in 1497.
The most bohemian and traditional night lights its candles in the old quarter. Esquina de Alfama and el Café Luso are two of the venues that will take you to 1900s Lisbon. Listening to a Fado, the musical genre in Portugal par excellence, is a unique experience.
If you like Fado, you will love to visit the Casa Museo Amália Rodrigues museum and discover more than 30.000 objects related to the most celebrated Portuguese singer of all time.
Lisboeta gastronomy is varied and surprising. A combination between the traditional and the sophisticated. Último Porto is a good example, located in the nightly neighborhood, and its exquisite cod with potatoes and turnip greens. Or Bel Canto, the only restaurant with two Michelin stars, led by José Avillez, one of Ferran Adrià’s disciples.
In Restaurante Luz by Iberostar Selection Lisboa, you will be able to enjoy traditional codfish recipes as well as other types of fresh fish and shellfish. Its menu pays tribute to Atlantic flavors and traditional Portuguese cuisine in which delicious meat and rice dishes also stand out.
An excursion to the nearby island of Tavira will allow you to discover a magical spot, accessible only by boat. Sail on the canals of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and forget about routine by strolling on its deserted beaches.
The city of Porches, between Lagos and Albufeira, is popularly known as the city of pottery. Along its calm streets you will discover shops devoted to this type of craft, one of Portugal’s icons.
The most striking natural beauty can be found at the Benagil cave. Created due to the sea’s erosion, it resembles a stone cathedral with a beach in its insides. From the beach of Carvoeiro you can get to this cave by boat, canoe, or even swimming!