Portugal is a small piece of land which makes everything near comparing to big countries like the United States or Brazil. But although we’re a tiny rectangle in western Europe there is a lot to see within this small area. So if you are in Lisbon or are planning to come here, you should definitely consider to leave the city for two or three days. And, believe us, there are loads of great options which makes it hard to choose. With that in mind, we’ve selected for you the best getaways from Lisbon. Pick one!
The best getaways from Lisbon
Distance: 58 minutes
It is architecturally impressive: eight suspended houses spread through 60 hectares of land. The Herdade do Moinho Novo operates under environmentalist principles and that concern extends to all areas. Examples? Materials are natural and recyclable, wood is employed wherever possible and their agricultural products are biologic. The houses – 70 square meter studios – have different themes (forest, vintage, future, belle époque, industrial and colonial) and are correspondingly decorated. They also have a veranda facing the swimming pool and the lake. If you are a city dweller with a longing for farm living among the animals, start packing: you get to feed the animals and even help with their care.
In the vicinity: eat at Casa das Enguias, a legendary restaurant specializing in several recipes of eel.
A beautiful and popular rural resort: once a primary school in Porto Covo, it was turned into an intimate country cottage. The old classrooms have no desks, chalk boards or multiplication-tablereciting children anymore – they were converted into spacious suites and lofts. Bikes can be rented to ride to the nearby sand strips, but we have a different recommendation: lie on one of the loungers or nets and take a nap.
In the vicinity: there’s fish on the menu at the A Ilha restaurant and horseriding in the Herdade do
Working at Time Out is great, but a job at Travel+Leisure is probably even better. “What do you do for a living?” “I travel and stay in dreamlike hotels.” Yes – that must be amazing. But let’s get to the point: Sublime was elected by that well-known travel magazine as one of the best new hotels in the world. We must concur. This elegant and peaceful tourist resort in the Muda village, in Comporta, added new villas this year, plus a restaurant named Celeiro (“barn”) whose menu includes razorfish soup, grilled black pork and soft pastries. If you can’t stay for the night, then at least have dinner there.
In the vicinity: have lunch at the Sal restaurant in one of the prettiest beaches in the area, Praia do Pêgo, then buy antiques at Mr. Júlio’s in Carvalhal.
This hotel’s big attractions are its incredible suites whose ceilings open so that guests can gaze at the stars. But there is more. The building coexists beautifully with the surrounding landscape, its 22 suites have a modern design and the resort comes equipped with a sumptuous swimming pool, which appears to connect to an enormous lake and has a view to the Montemor-o-Novo castle. Additional amenities include a wine therapy spa, wine courses and tastings and even hot air balloon rides.
In the vicinity: after a visit to the castle, try the local cuisine at the Monte Alentejano restaurant.
Sustainability and environmentalism. These are the guiding lights at the Rio do Prado resort. Their kitchen has a wooden oven, their showers are solarheated, rooms have plenty of wood and plants and to move within the resort you either walk or bike. But here is the best part: all suites have an inner and an outer fireplace and they face west, to take fulladvantage of the sunset. They also have a relaxing pool.
In the vicinity: the town of Óbidos will keep you busy for a whole day, with its historic streets, bookshops and “ginginha” bars.
Distance: 1h30Its full name is Cooking and Nature – Emotional Hotel, and its backdrop is among Portugal’s most beautiful landscapes, the Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park. It has 12 rooms, each one devoted to a specific concept: “saudade”, adventure, lust or magic. There is also a list of activities to enjoy in the surrounding area – mountain climbing with a guide, birdwatching, mushroom picking (in their proper season), picknicking with the kids in nature. As for the “cooking” part of the name, you are expected to cook your own meals, always with fresh produce, some of them collected from the hotel’s garden.
In the vicinity: get to know the wonderful Batalha Monastery, an icon of Portuguese architecture.