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Honeymoon Destinations: Portugal

Monday 18th September 2017
Nestled in the southwest of Europe, Portugal is a place of rich experiences, picturesque landscapes and endless possibilities for romantic relaxation. This desirable destination is home to a plethora of sites to see and places to stay, making it a worthy location for the couple planning their post-wedding vacation.
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City Escape

The birthplace of port wine, Porto is one of the largest cities in Portugal and is renown for its mountainous beauty and rich history. Separated by the River Douro, Porto is a great place to visit if you’re looking to do a spot of fine dining and wine tasting. With stunning views of the city and the River Douro at your doorstep, Oh! Porto Apartments offers six modern apartment suites, each uniquely named according to heritage bridges of the city. In a similar way, Rosa Et Al Townhouse offers seven spacious suites that overlook the creative district of Rua do Rosário. Great for honeymooners who want to live and breathe the culture of the city knowing that they can come back to their own private spa bath when the sun goes down.

Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city and has a tendency to captivate the hearts of travellers with its stunning sea of colourful houses, terracotta roofs and charming cobblestone streets. If you want to be close to all the action, just a stone’s throw from the best nightclubs and restaurants, then be sure to stop through Lisbon on your honeymoon travels. Santa Clara 1728 is a charming guest house built in a renovated 18th Century building that captures the charming and romantic ambience of the city. The design of the home blends contemporary minimalism with historic materials to create an immersive and relaxing experience for travellers – you may take up a seat at the communal dining table and get the insider’s clue of where to go and what to do.

Country House

The panoramic views and romantic atmosphere of the Portuguese countryside will have you needing to slip off your shoes and recline in a hammock, a great book in hand, just to soak it all in. The Alentejo region is home to some of the most breathtaking locations, with stunning beaches, medieval castles, and dreamy wheat fields you’ll just want to run and dance through. São Lourenço do Barrocal is a luxury hotel with whitewashed walls and colourful accents to capture the quintessential European-design charm. Perfect for honeymooners looking to escape the concert jungle, this hotel offers a myriad of engaging experiences, from bicycle riding to hot air balloon rides over Monsaraz. The rooms of the Imani Country House in Alentejo have a similar look and feel, channeling an inviting sense of simplicity that beacons you to enter into a state of relaxation. With a lush cedar forest surrounding the farmhouse, you’ll have privacy with your other half to enjoy time in the pool or on the sun drenched porch.

For a rich ‘country meets coast’ experience, Uva Do Monte Blueberry Farm in Grândola is a gorgeous location with a range of charming rooms on offer at a modest price point. You can’t look past the authentic pink walls that gives this property a unique aesthetic and memorable ambience. Located in the same area of Grândola just south of Lisbon, the Sublime Comporta includes several cabana villas with private pools and access to indulgent spa treatments. Just a short distance from the desert beaches, this destination offers plenty of opportunities for honeymooners to have a romantic Portuguese experience.

Glass of Red

No matter where you’re staying in Portugal, it’s not hard to find yourself a worthy glass of red wine. But if you find yourself staying at one of the many vineyard destinations, prepare for moments of wine tasting and fine dining to transform your honeymoon getaway into a cultural, gastronomical experience. Monverde in Telões is a country style lodge designed to stimulate the senses with vineyard tours, wine tasting and cooking classes for the happy couple. If you’re in the Alentejo wine region looking to share a romantic glass of red, stop by the Torre de Palma. It is literally named ‘The Wine Hotel’ and with good reason. Guests can immerse themselves in the local vineyard, winery, and wine tasting room (if they’re not already at the spa and wellness centre) and indulge in the Romance Package for a two night getaway. Travel a little further south and you’ll find yourself at the Herdade da Malhadinha Nova Country House & Spa, home to a stellar restaurant and vineyard, ideal for the foodies who wish to fill their honeymoon with good food and delectable wine.

Seclusion and Privacy

Just slightly outside of Porto city, the White Wolf Hotel stands in all its architectural glory as a destination hotspot of Penafiel. Switch off and enter into a world of minimalism and simplicity where the natural surroundings are the focus, urging you to relax and soak in the beauty of the Portuguese landscape. Silent Living – the same project behind Santa Clara 1728 – has a series of beachside cabins across Portugal that provide an intimate and romantic accommodation option where nature remains the focus of the design. Cabanas No Rio and Casas Na Areia welcome the natural elements, allowing honeymooners to enjoy time away from the daily grind. Sand for the flooring? We approve.

Cabanas No Rio, image by Nelson Garrido

Casas Na Areia, image by Nelson Garrido

Wellness meets Indulgence

If a wellness experience is more your cup of tea, explore the luxury spa and treatment options of the Longroiva Hotel and Thermal Spa in Mêda. The surrounding springs are known to have medicinal waters with plenty of health benefits to help you relax and unwind. Further north, the eco-houses of Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park are perched on a 20 hectare stretch of land where natural hot springs and stunning gardens provide an ideal atmosphere for a romantic getaway. Or if you’re in the south of Portugal, pay a visit to the eco-conscious Areias de Seixo and learn about the sustainable gardens and natural wildlife of the region. Then unwind at the Turkish baths and enjoy one of the specialised hot oil spa treatments to awaken the senses.

‘Must See’ Places

As you enjoy your honeymoon journeying across Portugal, you won’t want to miss these stunning postcard destinations:

  • Funicular dos Guindais, Porto
  • Monserrate Palace, Sintra
  • Praia da Marinha, Algarve
  • Praia do Camilo, Lagos
  • Livraria Lello, Porto
  • Lava Pool, Madeira
  • Pena Palace, Sintra
  • Azores Waterfalls
  • The Benagil Cave
  • Berlengas Island
  • Madeira Island
  • Sortelha
  • Cascais
  • Sagres
Monday 18th September 2017