A Luxurious 10-Day Honeymoon in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto and the Enchanting Azores

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  • Lisbon

  • Porto

  • Azores

  • Portugal

  • Beaches

  • Honeymoons

  • Couples Travel

  • History

  • Beach Town

  • Romantic

Parque y Palacio Biester constitutes a unique expression of Portuguese Romantic architecture.
Curator’s statement

Portugal, with its sun-kissed shores, rich history and delectable cuisine, is a haven for romance. Imagine strolling hand-in-hand through Lisbon's cobbled streets, sipping vinho verde in Porto's riverside cafes, and soaking in geothermal pools overlooking the Atlantic in the Azores. This itinerary curates a 10-day honeymoon in Portugal that's pure bliss, blending luxury and adventure, cityscapes and breathtaking nature.

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Bairro Alto Hotel

This luxury boutique Lisbon stay combines refined, modern decor with a reverence for Lisbon's colorful heritage.

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Memmo Alfama Hotel Lisboa

Experience the allure of Lisbon from the Memmo Alfama Hotel, where contemporary elegance, breathtaking views of the historic Alfama district and warm Portuguese hospitality combine to create an unforgettable stay in the heart of the city.

Pestana Vintage Porto

A modern, vintage hotel comprised of 18 historic buildings on the banks of Porto's Duoro River.

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Day 1: Lisbon - Where History and Charm Collide

Panoramic view of Sao Jorge Castle in Lisbon.

Your journey begins in Lisbon, Portugal's vibrant capital. Check in to a luxurious hotel like the Bairro Alto Hotel, housed in a restored 18th-century palace, or the Memmo Alfa Lisboa, offering panoramic city views from its rooftop pool.

There's no better way to experience Lisbon's culture than by wandering through the streets of Alfama. This historic district boasts Moorish architecture and winding alleyways that make you feel like you're stepping back in time. Don't miss the chance to ride Tram 28, a yellow tram that's become a symbol of Lisbon and takes you on a scenic route through the city. 
Once you've had your fill of the charming streets, make your way up to São Jorge Castle for panoramic views of the city. São Jorge Castle is a medieval fortified structure with a museum showcasing the city's history. It provides visitors with stunning views of the city's historic neighborhoods, the Tagus River, and beyond, making it a great spot for history enthusiasts and photography lovers. 
For a romantic dinner, head to A Cevicheria, a restaurant that's known for its fresh seafood dishes with a Peruvian twist. The restaurant's decor is inspired by the sea, with a giant octopus hanging from the ceiling. The menu features a variety of ceviche dishes, including the classic fish ceviche, as well as more creative options like the octopus and sea urchin ceviche. Pair your meal with one of the restaurant's signature cocktails, such as the Pisco Sour.

Day 2: Explore Lisbon's Artistic Scene

Jeronimos Monastery, is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its intricate design and historical significance, dating back to the 16th century.

Lisbon's artistic scene is one of the most vibrant and eclectic in Europe. From centuries-old architecture to contemporary street art, the city is brimming with creativity and expression. The Jerónimos Monastery, with its intricate Gothic and Manueline architecture, is not to be missed. The Belém Tower, located just a short walk away, stands as a testament to Portugal's rich maritime history.

For a more modern take on art and culture, the LX Factory is a must-visit. This former industrial district now houses a variety of trendy shops, restaurants, and galleries, making it the perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring and soaking up the creative atmosphere.

As the day draws to a close, take in the beauty of Lisbon by embarking on a sunset cruise along the Tagus River. As the sun dips below the horizon, the city is bathed in a warm golden light, creating a truly magical experience.

Enjoy dinner at Prado Restaurant. Prado is a modern restaurant located in a former printing press, serving shared plates and innovative takes on traditional Portuguese cuisine. Chef Marlene Vieira's dishes balance bold flavors with delicate textures, such as lamb shoulder with smoked eggplant puree or octopus in chorizo and lentil stew. The open kitchen adds to the lively atmosphere, and the beautiful courtyard terrace is ideal for a romantic outdoor dinner.

Day 3: Relax and Indulge

Catch a Fado performance at the Alfama District.

For those seeking a luxurious experience, the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade is the perfect destination. With its opulent spa treatments, it's the ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate after two days of sightseeing. After pampering yourselves, you can head to Eleven, a Michelin-starred restaurant, to taste the best of Portuguese cuisine.

To complete your cultural experience, make sure to catch a Fado performance in the Alfama district. This traditional Portuguese music, with its soulful lyrics and haunting melodies, is sure to leave you captivated.

For dinner, step back in time at Gambrinus, a historic Lisbon restaurant that serves classic Portuguese cuisine with a modern touch. Its signature dishes include Arroz de Gambas and Bife Wellington, accompanied by an extensive wine list selected by a knowledgeable sommelier. The restaurant offers an elegant and timeless atmosphere, ideal for special occasions.

Day 4: Porto - Wine, Romance, and River Charm

Have a scenic ride on a boat tour at Douro River.

Fly to Porto, the city of port wine and azulejos tiles. Immerse yourselves in its historic Ribeira district and sip vinho verde while enjoying the Douro River views. Stay at the luxurious Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel & World Heritage Site, housed in a former wine lodge, or the Infante Sagres – Star Cruises, offering stunning rooftop views.

A boat tour on the Douro River is a must-do activity in Porto. The scenic ride offers stunning views of the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge. You can also cross over to Vila Nova de Gaia, on the opposite bank, to tour one of the many port wine cellars. Here, you can indulge in tastings and learn about the rich history of this fortified wine.

To cap off the day, head to Cantina 32 for a leisurely dinner. The restaurant is known for its modern Portuguese cuisine and incredible river views, making it the perfect spot to relax after a day of sightseeing.

Day 5: Explore the Beauty of Porto

Dining and facing the view of the Atlantic coast.

Porto holds so much charm and beauty for those who take the time to explore it. The São Francisco Church, with its gilded interior and stunning azulejos-covered walls, is a must-see for anyone visiting. The intricate details and craftsmanship of the church's design are truly amazing.

After visiting the church, take a stroll through the city's charming streets and soak up the local culture. For art lovers, the Serralves Museum is a must-visit destination. The modern art museum boasts an impressive collection, and the gardens designed by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx are absolutely stunning.

As the day winds down, head to Casa de Chá da Boa Nova for a romantic dinner overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Michelin-starred restaurant, helmed by chef Rui Paula, is known for its exquisite seafood dishes and impeccable service. It's the perfect spot to end a day of exploration.

Day 6: Day Trip to Guimarães

Quintas are traditional wine estates in Portugal.

Take a day trip to Guimarães, a city located in the north of Portugal, about an hour away from Porto. Its historic center, which is also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is perfect for anyone interested in history and architecture. The medieval castle, located at the top of a hill, offers stunning views of the city and its surroundings.

After exploring Guimarães, it's time to head to the Douro Valley, one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. The valley is known for its terraced vineyards that slope down to the Douro River. Not only will you be able to taste some of the finest wines produced in the region, but you will also get a chance to experience this breathtaking scenery of the valley. Quintas are traditional Portuguese wine estates that have been in use for centuries. They offer visitors a unique insight into the wine-making process and the history of the Douro region. During your visit, you can take a tour of the vineyards, learn about the different grape varieties, and witness the process of wine production from start to finish. Many quintas also offer wine tastings and food pairings, where you can sample some of the most delicious wines and traditional Portuguese dishes. A visit to a quinta is a great way to spend a day in the Douro Valley, and it is an experience you will never forget.

End your day by dining at Quinta do Vallado, a Michelin-starred restaurant located in a 17th-century manor house surrounded by vineyards. The gourmet dinner paired with the wines from the quinta will be unforgettable.

Day 7: Azores - Enchanting Volcanic Paradise

The Fort of São Brás is a 17th-century maritime fort.

Fly to Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores, a volcanic archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Immerse yourselves in the islands' lush greenery, geothermal wonders, and unique biodiversity. Stay at the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, with its thermal pools and botanical.

Ponta Delgada is located on the Island of São Miguel in the Azores. You can start by exploring the São Brás Fort and taking in the panoramic views of the city from the top. This historic fort dates back to the 16th century and was built to protect the island from pirate attacks.

After a morning of sightseeing, it's time to indulge in the local cuisine. Cozido das Furnas is a must-try dish that is unique to the Azores. This slow-cooked stew is made using a traditional cooking method where the ingredients are placed in pots and buried underground near volcanic hot springs. The result is a flavorful and tender dish that captures the essence of the Azores.

In the afternoon, head out on a whale watching tour to see some of the magnificent sea creatures that call the Azores home. With a bit of luck, you might spot dolphins, humpback whales, or even the elusive blue whale.

End your day with a romantic dinner at Gamboa Restaurante, one of the best seafood restaurants in Ponta Delgada. Situated on the waterfront, this restaurant has stunning ocean views and an extensive menu of fresh seafood dishes. Treat yourself to a delicious meal and soak up the romantic atmosphere before retiring to your hotel for the night.

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Sete Cidade

Sete Cidades, translated as "Seven Cities" in Portuguese is known for its stunning twin crater lakes, one blue and the other green.

Sete Cidades is a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The lake, surrounded by volcanic craters, is a sight to behold and a perfect spot for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. The hike to the Boca do Inferno viewpoint is challenging but rewarding, with sweeping views of the surrounding landscapes that will take your breath away.

After a morning of exploring, head to the nearby village to experience the local culture and sample some of the delicious cuisine. The village is a quaint and charming place with friendly locals and a relaxed atmosphere. You can also rent a bike and cycle around the lake, taking in the stunning scenery at your own pace.

In the afternoon, indulge in the natural hot springs at your hotel, Terra Nostra Garden Hotel. The hotel is nestled in a beautiful botanical garden, where you can relax and unwind surrounded by lush greenery and fragrant flowers. Soak in the warm waters and let your worries melt away as you take in the views of the surrounding nature.

Day 9: Furnas Valley

Caldeiras das Furnas refers to the geothermal hot springs and steam pools located in the town of Furnas.

Spend the day exploring the Furnas Valley, a place of natural beauty and unique geothermal activity. The valley is famous for its hot springs, geysers, and mud pools, all of which are a result of the island's volcanic activity. Next, visit the Furnas Lake, a serene body of water surrounded by verdant hills. Take a boat ride across the lake and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. You can also indulge in some fishing or enjoy a picnic by the lakeside.

In the afternoon, head to the Caldeiras das Furnas, a must-visit attraction in the valley. These boiling mud and steam pools are a result of the volcanic activity and are used to cook the famous Cozido das Furnas stew. Watch as the locals prepare this traditional dish, and enjoy its delicious flavors at a nearby restaurant.

End your day by visiting the Gorreana Tea Plantation, the oldest and only tea plantation in Europe. Take a tour of the plantation, learn about the tea-making process, and sample some of the plantation's delicious teas. You can also purchase some tea to take home as a souvenir.

Day 10: Pico

Passing through some vineyards on the way to Pico Island.

On your last day in the Azores, take a trip to the island of Pico, known for its stunning natural beauty and vineyards. Take a ferry ride from São Miguel to Pico and spend the day exploring the island's rugged terrain and charming villages.
Visit the Pico Mountain, the highest peak in Portugal, and hike to the summit for panoramic views of the island. You can also explore the volcanic caves and tunnels that run beneath the island, or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters off the coast.

Visit one of the island's many vineyards, and sample the famous Verdelho wine, a sweet and fruity wine produced exclusively on the island. Learn about the wine-making process and take a tour of the vineyard before enjoying a glass of wine on a scenic terrace.

As the day comes to a close, head back to São Miguel and enjoy a final dinner at Peter Café Sport, a Michelin-starred restaurant with creative Azorean cuisine, before your flight back home.

Bonus Tips:
Rent a car in Porto and the Azores for added flexibility and independence.
Purchase the Portugal Tourist Card for free entry to museums and discounts on public transportation.
Pack comfortable shoes for exploring cities and hiking in the Azores.
Learn a few Portuguese phrases to impress the locals and enhance your experience.
This itinerary is just a suggestion, and you can customize it to suit your interests and preferences. Remember, the most important thing is to relax, create lasting memories, and fall in love with Portugal's captivating charm!

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