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Best Small Hotels for a Spring Getaway

Best Small Hotels for a Spring Getaway

Spring has arrived here in Portugal, making it the perfect time for a getaway. The sun is shining, flowers are in bloom and the beaches and cities are yours for exploring.

Check out our suggestions on where to stay (and what to do!) for a Spring getaway in Portugal.
Porto
Solar Egas Moniz
Rising from the banks of the Douro passing through it, Porto is a hilly, historic mix of bridges, Baroque churches and narrow mediaeval alleys. Portugal’s second city comes alive in spring. After the rains of winter, there is a renewal – a freshness and greenness – to the city as cafes and restaurants that line the River Douro fill with locals and visitors alike. A recent article in Vogue described Porto as Europe’s next Hot Spot. For visitors who want to wander outside of the city, the Douro Valley is close by, home to Portugal’s most renowned and picturesque vineyards.

And where better to explore the architectural, gastronomic and design delights of Porto than from the nearby Solar Egas Moniz. Housed in a beautifully restored 120-year old house, the Solar has a wine cellar (perfect for tasting the local Vinho Verde), a library and a swimming pool. The 10 guest rooms offer a choice of themes, popular art or history, and each is decorated with modern amenities while keeping an eye on tradition.
Lisbon
Brown’s Boutique Hotel & Apartments
Once the stomping ground of Romans, Moors and Crusaders, this historic hillside city has culture, cobblestones, cafés, cable cars and castles. There has never been a better time to visit Lisbon. The capital is in the midst of a major renaissance. The classic beauty of Lisbon, evident in the gracious architecture, beautiful parks and […]

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April 12, 2016|

The must visit UNESCO Sites in Portugal

Portugal is one of the countries with the largest number of monuments in the world, classified as UNESCO world heritage sites.
Make the 16 sites included in the UNESCO world heritage list, a pretext to visit our country. Beautiful landscapes, some natural areas of the country, unique historical monuments and historical centers await your visit! Take a look:

Historical centers:
The historic town of Guimarães, that is associated with the emerging national identity of Portugal in the century. XII, joins the historical center built on the hills overlooking the Douro River in Porto, making the two UNESCO historical centers of the north of Portugal.

Photo: Porto, Guimarães, Coimbra and Évora’s historical centers – 1872 River House, Dantadd and Lacobrigo
Coimbra, in the center, was the last one to join this list, offering an excellent example of an integrated campus with a specific urban typology, as well as their own ceremonial and cultural traditions that have been kept alive through the ages.
Once the home of Portuguese kings, Évora’s history goes back much further, as demonstrated by the well-preserved Roman temple ruins that stand in the city center.
The Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroísmo in Azores has been shaped by its role as a port-of-call for ships between Europe and America from the 15th century onwards. Its imposing fortifications, built over 400 years ago, are rare examples in military architecture.

Photo: Angra do Heroísmo (Azores) – Franzfoto

Historical monuments:
For their historical and artistic significance, the Batalha Monastery in Leiria, the Convent of Christ in Tomar and the Alcobaça Monastery form a unique monumental group. Work done over the centuries reflects the history of Portuguese art, with examples from Gothic and Romanesque art. The Batalha Monastery is a masterpiece of creative genius and […]

February 16, 2016|

The complete guide of Museums in Lisbon

Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simões

Portugal is an alluring country, not only for its strategic coastal position, but also for its numerous sights and cultural landmarks. In a country with nine centuries, museums are a strong point. But not only in past lives the Portuguese capital! The present and the future also give cards. We offer you a selection of top museums in Lisbon to help you discover the culture of our amazing country!
 
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Northeast of Eduardo VII Park is the Gulbenkian Museum, one of the world’s great museums and one of Europe’s unsung treasures. The museum has one of the finest collections of art in Europe and its Antiquity dates the 19th century. It houses a magnificent collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian, and European art. It was substantially renovated and modernized in 2001 (many of its masterpieces were on display in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art during renovation), and can’t be missed during a visit to Lisbon.

Photo: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

National Museum of Ancient Art
Portugal’s national gallery houses the largest collection of Portuguese 15th and 16th century paintings, but is also home to a glittering array of European art from the middle Ages to the late 19th century. It’s also known for its rich display of applied art, much of it themed around Portugal’s discoveries era and colonial explorations. The museum is suitably housed in a 17th-century palace, which was built over the site of the St Albert Carmelite monastery, destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. Fortunately the chapel survived and is now integrated into the building.

Photo: National Museum of Ancient Art
 National Coach Museum
National Coach Museum presents the extravagant transportation vehicles of Portuguese royalty.  It is housed in the old Horse Riding Arena of the Belém Palace, formerly a […]

January 26, 2016|
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