Almost invisible from the Guincho road, The Oitavos is huge, with more than 100 rooms, and minimalist decor in shades of blue – the same blue as the sea that can be seen over the dunes, wherever you are, and which has become known in the area as Oitavos blue – that is interrupted only by the enormous vases of flowers and the paintings by José Anahory (who is also responsible for the female sculpture at the entrance and for the design of this glass-fronted, Y-shaped building). At the restaurant you can choose between petiscos (tapas), like squid and pork that you can eat with your fingers, or the ceviche with yuzu and ponzu, or prepared dishes like arroz de lavagante azul (blue lobster rice) or bife de lombo maturado à portuguesa (Portuguese-style matured loin steak). And there’s also a sushi bar. If you’re thinking of spending some days at the beach, the outdoor swimming pool will be enough to change your mind, while the heated indoor pool is perfect for those windy days typical of the region. Last but not least, the spa is always an excellent choice.
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