From City to Sea: Guide to Lisbon and the Alentejo Coast

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  • Lisbon

  • Portugal

  • Arts & Culture

  • Beaches

  • Boutique Travel

  • City Travel

  • Couples Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Local Culture

  • Outdoors

  • Coastal

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Curator’s statement

Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, boasts a unique coastal charm. This walkable and hilly city has it all: a picturesque old town, architectural wonders, chic boutiques and a hip, energetic nightlife. Spend time in Lisbon before heading down to the Alentejo Coast where you’ll spend the days lazing from one gorgeous cliffside beach village to another.

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Where to stay in Lisbon and the Alentejo Coast

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Sublime Lisboa

Set in the heart of the charming Amoreiras neighborhood, Sublime Lisboa is a sweet boutique hotel with tasteful rooms, plus a restaurant and bar.

AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado

Head-turning boutique hotel on one of Lisbon’s most beautiful squares.

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  • Special welcome amenities.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Mid-century stunner with all the finery and standout service you’d expect from the Four Seasons.

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Things to do in Lisbon and the Alentejo Coast

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  • Belém Tower - 16th century fortification.

  • Monument to the Discoveries - Monument on the Tagus River.

  • Jerónimos Monastery - Former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome with beautiful Renaissance architecture.

  • Palácio Nacional da Ajuda - Neoclassical palace built in the early 19th century.

  • Church of Sao Roque - Earliest Jesuit Church in Portugal.

  • Arco da Rua Agusta - Iconic monument on the Praça do Comércio.

  • Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira - Beautiful medieval church in Old Town.

  • Carmo Convent - Former Catholic convent with ruins remaining from the earthquake of 1755.

  • Praça Dom Pedro IV - Main square in Lisbon.

  • Church of St. Dominic - Catholic church.

  • Alfama & Castelo de S. Jorge - Castle with fortifications dating to the early 1st century.

Alentejo Coast

  • Praia da Arrifana.

  • Castelo de Aljezur.

  • Praia da Amoreira.

  • Vale dos Homens.

  • Praia de Odeceixe.

  • Praia da Amália.

  • Praia dos Alteirinhos.

  • Zambujeira do Mar.

  • Cabo Sardão.

Places to eat & drink in Lisbon and the Alentejo Coast

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  • A Ginjin bar - An institution; a standing-room-only bar where you can sample shots of Ginja.

  • Belcanto - A two Michelin star restaurant by Chef José Avillez offering sophisticated Portuguese cuisine.

  • Bairro do Avillez - Spacious restaurant with different eating areas including Taberna, Páteo, Mini Bar and Pizarria Lisboa.

  • Confeitaria Nacional - Sweet shop in the Old Town.

Alentejo Coast

  • O Sargo - Seafood-centric restaurant with an amazing view.

  • O Sacas - Traditional tavern near a fishing harbor north of Zambujeira do Mar.

  • O Paulo - Cliffside restaurant next to the Arrifana Fortress.

  • Esplanada do Mar - Beachside restaurant at the Odeceixe beach.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out my guide to Rome: Guide to Picturesque Picnics in and around Rome.

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