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Boutique hotels in Portugal (24)

Portugal, on Europe’s southwestern tip, has been traditionally home to explorers, navigators and military heroes. Fiercely contested ground for centuries, it has seen off Roman, Arab, Spanish and finally French invaders.  One can see why - Portugal is a staggeringly beautiful country boasting a vibrant, proud culture, stunning scenery and enjoying more sun than almost anywhere else in Europe. You don't.need an army to capture what makes this place so special - simply take the time to explore!

Where to go

Wander through Lisbon, one of the finest baroque cities in existence. Explore the hilltop fortifications of Pena Palace and São Jorge Castle. Hike through the wilds of Peneda-Gerês National Park with its neolithic remains. Ski the Serra da Estrela. Tour some of the many, almost-untouched medieval villages dotting the countryside. Enjoy some of the world’s best museums and galleries. Enjoy the amazing beaches of the Algarve. Relax by the beach and soak up some of that golden Portuguese sun!

Food & Drink

You will eat a lot of seafood in Portugal, in addition to beef and pork. Beans, rice and vegetables constitute the staples and tomato and olive are a fairly consistent ingredient. The Portuguese are famous for their red wines and port, in addition to the liquor known as ginginjha. To dine exceptionally well in Portugal, we recommend Vila Joya (Estrada da Galé, 8201-917 Albufeira)  in the Algarve with its two Michelin stars or the ultra-modern Feitero (Doca do Bom Sucesso 1400-038) in Lisbon, for some contemporary Portuguese delights.


Like their Spanish cousins, the Portuguese like to party late into the night. Expect for thing to kick off after 10pm. In Lisbon, Pensão Amor (R. do Alecrim 19, 1200-014 Lisboa) is a hip and trendy bar, based in a former brothel. In the Algarve, Caniço (Aldeamento da Prainha, Praia dos 3 Irmãos, Alvor, 8500-072 Portimão) is a very unique bar located in a beach cove, accessible by elevator. You can dance into the small hours here with the sand between your toes!

Where to stay

Villa Joya in the Algarve is a wonderful beachside luxury hotel that hosts one of the few 2-star Michelin restaurants in Portugal  and features the best of regional cuisine and local produce. Feeling sporty? Vila Joy also offers a golf course close by, tennis courts, heated pool and a Turkish bath. Coupled with the wonderfully-decorated rooms, we think this is a must-visit. Epic Sana Hotel is also in the Algarve and boasts an incredible location right on the beach. Those craving a spa treatment will be delighted with this hotel, devoted to pampering its guests. There are all manner of activities on offer here, from mixology classes to regular wine tastings. For a decadent city break in Lisbon, we recommend the Palacio Belmonte for its astounding decor (featuring paintings from the Renaissance) and unparalleled location in the medieval heart of Lisbon.

How to get there

Monarch TAP Portugal, British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair fly to Lisbon daily.


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aveiro, portugal

At the heart of Aveiro, just two minutes from the train station, The Bohemian Place is a quirky 17 room boutique hotel in northern Portugal.


lisbon, portugal

You'll find 1908 Lisboa Hotel in Intendente, the hippest, coolest neighbourhood in Lisbon. Hotel, restaurant, bar and hip hideaway, this award-winning building is surrounded by trendy cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.


olhos de água, portugal

Guests at Epic Sana Algarve Hotel will find elegant and contemporary rooms & suites, direct access to the beach, a vibrant atmosphere, exquisite cuisine, an extensive spa and most of all exceptional service.


ponte de lima, portugal

Carmo's Boutique Hotel is a stunning contemporary boutique hotel just 45 minutes from Oporto in Portugal and within 90 minutes drive of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  This hip hideaway has 15 rooms and spoils guests with it's blissful spa treatments.


vila novo de milfontes, portugal

Candlelit evenings, delicious breakfasts and star gazing at the vast star-lit sky are just some of the treats in store during your stay at Tres Marias, an 8 room Chic Retreat nestled between the villages of Porto Covo and Vila Nova de Milfontes in the region of Alentejo.


lisbon, portugal

Solar Do Castelo is a small luxury hotel within the walls of St. George's Castle, Lisbon. This 18th-century mansion and courtyard has been wonderfully restored with a contemporary take on medieval traditions, paying tribute to the historic site.


lisbon, portugal

As Janelas Verdes is a small luxury hotel in old Lisbon, neighbouring the Museum of Ancient Art. Enjoy views over the Tagus from the roof terrace and breakfast in the courtyard garden, or relax inside this 18th-century palace.


moura, portugal

Portuguese hospitality doesn't get better than this.  Herdade de Vale do Manantio is a breathtaking boutique hotel situated in Alentejo, Southern Portugal.


lisbon, portugal

Palacio Belmonte is a 15th-century palace hidden behind iconic red doors.  This luxury boutique hotel secret has been meticulously and lovingly restored transforming it into a seductive and exclusive 11 suite Chic Retreat using traditional building techniques.  


faja da ovelha, madeira, portugal

Summerplace Guesthouse is a small boutique B&B in the beautiful hills of south west Madeira. The breathtaking backdrop of mountains & forests is perfect for nature lovers while the beach is 10 minutes away or simply relax by the outdoor pool.


viana do castelo, portugal, portugal

Quinta da Bouça d'Arques is a small luxury hotel in the Minho region of Portugal. The Abreu Teixeira family have owned this beautiful estate for the last 300 years. The trellised vineyards & chic manor house perfectly represent the Minho region.


brejao, portugal

Cerca do Sul is a small boutique B&B in Odemira on the south coast of Alentejo. This gorgeous beach retreat has a bright seaside-style and a large pool, great for relaxing in the sun, or get active with a surfing course.



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