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The Getaway: Portugal

The Getaway: Portugal

by Rakhee Bhatt

In a place where even the cobbled streets are a sight to see, Lisbon has become an idyllic destination for travelers looking to enjoy the city’s colorful charm and postcard-worthy views. Here we find the best spots around town to sip, savor, see, and stay this summer season.

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The Getaway: Portugal
Limão Rooftop Bar
Park Lisboa

Venture to far off territories, or to an unassuming parking lot building, when visiting Park Lisboa. Located on the seventh-floor roof of a car park, this offbeat oasis is lined with lush greenery and inviting wooden furniture that beckons good times to be had. Imbibers will enjoy the sangria amid the 180-degree views, which include the Igreja de Santa Catarina Church and the 25 de Abril suspension bridge.

Limão Rooftop Bar

Whether you want to bask in the sunshine or take shelter from the heat, the indoor-outdoor Limão Rooftop Bar is a tranquil spot to sip summertime cocktails. Situated on the 10th floor of the well-appointed H10 Duque de Loulé Hotel, the blue-and-white terrace floors give way to plush seating and expansive vistas of the Tagus river. Stay until sundown to see the lights of the city come to life.

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SAVOR

The Getaway: Portugal
Belcanto
SUD Lisboa

Tuck into authentic Italian-Mediterranean fare at the waterfront restaurant SUD, where couples, friends, and families alike can enjoy the locale’s sharing concept for dining. Choose from options like the Tagliolino Fresco ai Frutti di Mare, a dish of fresh tagliolino pasta with mixed seafood and fresh date tomato sauce, and the Spigola e Caponatina, a pan-seared seabass served with eggplant caponata and cannellini beans purée for a unforgettable culinary evening.

Belcanto

Helmed by acclaimed Portuguese chef José Avillez, Belcanto was the first restaurant in Lisbon to receive two Michelin stars, one in 2012 and the other in 2014. Favoring organic and seasonal products, Belcanto’s menu looks at haute cuisine through the lens of creative storytelling. Diners looking for a true experience should select from one of the two tasting menus like Evolution, which infuses the spirit of overcoming trials and exploring the unknown, or the Lisbon, which emphasizes the city’s transformation throughout history.

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SEE

The Getaway: Portugal
Castelo dos Mouros
Museu Nacional Do Azulejo

Dotted along buildings, fountains, shops, and railway stations, the famed Portuguese tiles, or azulejos, make wandering the city streets a lively experience unto itself. So, when in Lisbon, get thee to the National Tile museum to marvel at the bright squares as you learn about the history of these unique creations spanning the 15th century to present day. Best of all, the museum is housed in a former convent dubbed Madre de Deus, or Mother of God, an architectural marvel worth ogling for a while.

Sintra Castles Day Trip: Palácio Nacional da Pena & Castelo dos Mouros

Wear your invisible crown as you enjoy a day trip to Sintra’s castles. Classified by UNESCO as World Heritage sites in 1995, Pena Palace and The Castle of the Moors will have you feeling like royalty as you traverse the buildings positioned amongst verdant forests as far as the eyes can see. Pena Palace features a vibrant blend of 19th century romantic design influences that include North African and medieval gothic, while The Castle of the Moors is a military fortification originally constructed in the 10th century replete with a main square perfect for taking in the building’s beauty.

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STAY

The Getaway: Portugal
Casa do Príncipe
Santiago de Alfama

Sleep in style at the Santiago de Alfama, a 15th-century former palace converted into a boutique hotel that stays true to its Roman roots. The 19 rooms that encompass this hotel range in size as a means to preserve the original architecture and feature a color palette of blues, golds, beiges, and whites. Opt for the deluxe rooms that have freestanding baths and Instagram-worthy views of the Tagus river.

Casa do Príncipe

Located within walking distance of Lisbon’s best shops, Casa do Príncipe is a stunningly spacious B&B ideal to relax and unwind after a day spent around town. This cheerful 19th century hotel, which takes its name after King D. Pedro V, features nine rooms that pay homage to the late leader viewed as the moral compass of Portugal. Choose his namesake suite, which features a lounge area and balcony overlooking the Príncipe Real garden.

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