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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 modern area of Oriente

Oriente.

Gare do Oriente.
This part of the city, is Lisbon’s modern neighbourhood which was redesigned to host the World Exhibition in 98. And became one of Lisbon ex-libris concerning modern arquitecture. The Train Station designed by Santiago Calatrava is definitely one of its highlights.
But there are many other attractions in the area such as the Oceanário, the second biggest aquarium in Europe, or the Ski lift next to the river that provides outstanding views over the southern margins of the Tagus River.

October 15, 2014|

The Belém Area

The Belém Area which in old times was considered the outskirts of Lisbon is of Lisbon`s must go spots. From the beautiful monuments referring to the Portuguese discoveries such as the Discoveries Monument, the Jerónimos Monastery to the charming Carriages Museum to the classical Pastries, this is one of the areas you cannot miss upon a Lisbon trip.

Photo: Rui-Morais-de-Sousa.

October 15, 2014|
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