11 Best Places to Stay in Portugal

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Estalagem da Ponta do Sol, Madeira

Eating and drinking in Madeira is uppermost of course, but it is also the island’s main attraction. Half its coastline is covered by a barrier reef, which makes a paradisiacal spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. The southern tip of the island has a white limestone platform that covers a lagoon that's worth a visit in itself.

The warm, blue waters have attracted humans from earliest times and today it is still a particularly popular wedding spot. Go deep and explore fabulous grottoes and spindrift caves.

Madeira is also a wildlife refuge that is home to the iconic monk seal, the rarest marine mammals in Europe.

And in the case of the island’s capital Funchal, you can reach the beach within four minutes from the city’s center.

Palmela Palace Hotel

Not exactly hiding in the corner, the Palmela Palace Hotel lies in the heart of the historic town of Coimbra, in the northeast of Portugal.

It was built as the residence of the Duke of Palmela in the early 19th century. The current structure, from 1955, was built by the architect Pedro Ramalho.

Memmo Alfama Hotel, Lisbon

Pousada do Castelo, Obidos

Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort

Albufeira, Portugal.

It’s tough to pick the best of the best, but the Santa Barbra Eco-Beach Resort is just that when it comes to Portugal.

With its hotel-like fantasy of rugged beach-style for eco-chic travelers, this beach and wellness resort is open from April through September. That’s a great part of the year to come since it’s pretty cold in Europe during that time. Besides beach fun, there’s also a spa plus heli-hotel adventures when the weather is agreeable.

The travel tips are ingenious for anyone looking to book this eco-resort of the future. With an emphasis on the details and a distinctly coastal touch, they have great reviews.

The resort itself is a few miles from the beach, but this is another reason to stay.

The food and drinks were reviewed as excellent. There are a number of different pools and hot tubs on site as well as other amenities. The staff at this resort are superb. They go out of their way to be helpful, but without the “been there so often they can do no wrong” standard.

Belmond Reid’s Palace

L’AND Vineyards, Montemor-o-Novo

L’AND is a luxurious vineyard that has been producing wine since 1500 years ago. It lies in a valley of the Cortiés Race, a typical landscape of the region and is surrounded by the most beautiful mountain peaks of the territory.

Recently awarded the coveted award as a "plus" wine, the vineyards offer a selection of wines of great quality, being one of the best in the world.

The Aprazivel and the Leque, with the finest grapes from the Douro, are among the most famous lands of L’AND.

Visit the wineries and learn about the grape varieties, the vines and the wines, you won’t be disappointed!

Where to Stay in L’and

The ‘L’AND' rooms are designed to give you a pleasant experience. The views of the vineyards and the Cortis Mountains are amazing and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room’s balcony while sipping a Barrique Passion or a Varyo.

Pedro The Great, in the village of Montemor-o-Novo, is a lovely hotel with a traditional atmosphere. Built in 1940, it has recently been renovated and has 16 rooms furnished with modern details.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

The Yeatman, Porto

The Yeatman is a boutique hotel located in the historical part of Porto.

This is one of the most beautiful hotels of the city, it is close to the well-known district of Ribeira and has an amazing view over the river Douro. The interior of these rooms is very modern and designed by the designers Alvaro Siza and Luciana Nunes.

As part of the best hotels in Porto, The Yeatman has a restaurant serving typical dishes from the area and is open to the public.

The Yeatman has a perfect location in Porto, close to the main areas of attraction, where guests can enjoy the best restaurants, museums and nightlife.

Bela Vista Hotel and Spa, Portimao

Hotel Six Senses Douro Valley

If you are just looking for a nice hotel to relax after a long trip, Hotel Six Senses Douro Valley will not leave you disappointed. Located just a few kilometers from the Douro Valley, this four-star hotel is perfect for those who want to have an easy time in the region as they enjoy a night of rest.

Being a member of the Six Senses chain, Hotel Six Senses Douro Valley was designed to offer guests the full immersion in the pure nature. Its 30 –high-tech” rooms include flat-screen TVs, DVD players and free Wi-Fi. There is also a spa specializing in Swedish, Seletti and Oriental therapies. Guests can enjoy anything from a relaxing massage to a rejuvenating body wrap.

This hotel also offers a Walking Tour and an Aerial Tour that will bring you up close to the region’s vineyards. It can also arrange trips to Porto or Cissões, which is a must-see place.

If you are a true foodie, you must try the lovely fresh dishes that can be served at the hotel’s restaurant, which has also received a Michelin star.

Hotel Avenida Palace, Lisbon

This property is perhaps Portugal’s most sumptu ous hotel. Located on the Avenida Palace hill overlooking the city of Lisbon, this luxury hotel has a typical Art Deco style with decor that blends European and English fantasy. A lush, floral montage decorates each of the hotel’s 70 guest rooms. The hotel’s restaurants include the Michelin-starred Avenida “A–.