Ever since Portugal’s flag carrier airline, TAP Air Portugal, began offering discounts for tourists taking part in its stopover programme, Lisbon’s profile has had a fresh boost. The lively city, however, has long been the destination of choice for savvy travellers seeking a destination with rich cultural history, excellent food and a vibrant nightlife.
The marvellous Palacio Belmonte is the perfect place to soak up the sun and sea during a short stay
The marvellous Palacio Belmonte is the perfect place to soak up the sun and sea during a short stay. Located in Alfama, the oldest part of Lisbon, the hotel is set against the walls of St George’s Castle at the top of the hill. The building dates back to 1449, but a six-year renovation process has breathed new life into the site. Many of the hotel’s suites feature some of the best views in the city.
Palacio Belmonte’s 11 suites were designed to feel warm and cosy while also emanating a sense of grandeur. Many feature the hotel’s more than 3,800 blue and white Portuguese tiles, which were hand-painted in the 18th century, while others offer stunning views over the city. Each has a unique design and is named after an important figure from Portugal’s past.
Food fiends will enjoy the upscale Leopold Restaurant, located within the walls of the Palacio Belmonte. The seasonal tasting menu harks back to Portugal’s culinary heritage while offering a modern flare. Those looking for a more relaxed dining experience can enjoy the peaceful setting of the hotel’s cafe and bar.