Ever since visiting Lisbon back in November, I’ve been yearning to come back. This time we set out to explore more of the country and headed first to Cascais region then a city stop in Lisbon and ended the trip with the beautiful Algarve Coast.
In Cascais, we stayed at the Sheraton Cascais Resort with its newly renovated common areas and huge suites, it’s a perfect hotel for families or simply travellers that appreciate the extra space like myself. It is surrounded by a lush pine tree forest so you feel close to nature at all times while it's gorgeous Serenity Spa offer plenty of treatments to unwind after a day of exploring the region.
When not relaxing in the hotel we headed to the Cascais town and Marina which has a cute collection of shops and cosy restaurants. The green oasis of Marechal Carmona park, complete with an early 19th century mansion depicting blue ceramic murals (see blue pics) is definitely worth a visit. A short walk down to the Marina is the delicious Marisco na Praça which serves the freshest seafood that you can pick out yourself. For Vegan friendly bites and quirky boho terrace House of Wonders in town is another popular spot.
On our way out of of Cascais we stopped over at the Casa das Historias Paula Rego, which is a contemporary art museum housing the works of a local artist Paula Rego. It is an impressive architectural statement made up of red concrete that stands tall with its two pyramids set against the green background.
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Sheraton Cascais Serenity Spa
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Next stop was Lisbon, and we returned to the stylish Corpo Santo Hotel which is located in the heart of the city. The newly opened hotel is the epitome of understated chic with its neutral tones and decor and resonates a great sense of calm and comfort. Another massive benefit of the property is its proximity to the Time Out Market Lisbon, which iscollection of local restaurant food stands serving delicious food in minutes. Lisbon has an incredible food scene, but this place really stands out and is an indecisive eater’s dream as you can try a bit of everything from the different stands enjoyed at one of the many communal tables...London should really have this concept!
Another must while in the city is LX Factory! Formally a historical industrial complex, the factories and warehouses have been converted intom unique restaurants and stores which make it a fun area to walk around and dine in.
For another fun and funky locale in Lisbon, Pharmacia is just what the doctor ordered. Sharing the building with Musea du Farmacia, the pharma themed restaurant with its quirky decor is sure to surprise you, while the loungy outside terrace with views of the Tagus river is great for those sunny days.
Coffee fanatics must check out the Scandinavian inspired Copenhagen Coffee Lab for their caffeine fix, a cool spot to relax and catch up on emails.
This time around we also went to explore the magical city of Sintra. Unesco-listed thanks to its extraordinary castles, palaces and country houses, this place is a treat for your architectural senses. The highlight is for sure the Pena palace which sits on the highest point of Sintra and feels like a real life Disney fairytale.
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Our last destination took us to the Algarve Coast, famed for its spectacular cliffs and beaches. There we stayed at Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort, arguably the most stunning property on the coast, which resembles a whole town due to its large size and various restaurants and activities. We were lodged in the Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites which have a very luxe modern decor that overlook the pine forest.
Another highlight of the stay was certainly the award winning Serenity Spa located at the hotel. Opened just two years ago, it has all the state of the art gadgets and is a real relaxing holiday treat.
The contrast of the pine trees and the Cliffs feels surreal and the views are simply breathtaking. The property also boast its own beach which can be accessed by an elevator and a very scenic walk down a deck path.
One thing is for sure, is that this trip has me totally in love with this beautiful and scheming for a speedy return. A special thank you to Oliver's Travels in helping organise this amazing trip, you can find Pine Cliffs and other fantastic properties and holiday homes on their site here.
Have you visited Portugal and if so what are your favourite destinations and recommendations?
Ocean Suites at Pine Cliffs
Serenity Spa at Pine Cliffs
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