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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|

Centro de Ciência Viva

In the Convent of Maltezas, located in the patio of downtown Estremoz, is placed the Living Science Center. It is a place where Science and Technology break the walls of laboratories that normally confine them, meeting their visitors. It’s the perfect place for adults and kids learn more about planet Earth, a wonderful planet where all the phenomena appears to be linked. Have a wonderful time with your family!

March 2, 2016|

Cuisine of the region

Do not miss the cuisine of the region. Estremoz, located in the central Alentejo and 30 minutes from Évora, is characterized by a typical cuisine of the people’s wisdom. Here prevail spicy soups made with bread and herbs, pork, lamb and bird meats, cheese from sheep’s milk, typical sausages and convent sweets made on the basis of egg yolks, almonds and gila. This region is a treat for the senses! Thus, we leave’s invitation to “taste the region” in the best locations. Delight yourself with the snacks from Gadanha (which is also a typical grocery store), from Adega do Isaías, São Rosas Restaurant (which owes its name to the famous legend of Queen Santa Isabel and the miracle of roses) or Cadeia Quinhentista (born from the ruins of the old chain of Estremoz).

March 2, 2016|
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