Where to stay in central Portugal and the Lisbon coast
Heading south on the way to Lisbon you can opt to travel along the coast visiting towns such as Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal and the historic village of Óbidos, although quite touristy well worth a visit. This medieval town is surrounded by a wall that has been beautifully preserved and inside, there are narrow cobblestone streets that wind through the town, offering a glimpse into Portugal's past.
Or you can discover the Serra da Estrela in the central Beiras region with its mountain villages mostly built entirely out of stone. On its southern tip lies the city of Coimbra which is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and is full of history and culture.
Of course, for anyone visiting the Lusitanian country, Lisbon will be a major attraction. The capital is a dynamic city, full of life and a perfect blend of open-mindedness and a deep respect for its heritage and tradition. It is a real pleasure to explore, to lose yourself in its majestic squares and cobbled streets. Each district has its own distinctive architectural style and charm, and it's easy to move between them on the tram network. The only downside is that it has become one of the top ten destinations worldwide with the ensuing rise in hotel prices and overcrowding of the most famous spots. But it has managed to keep its charm and with a bit of insider knowledge you can discover authentic and wonderful areas. We have been especially caring to select only the best boutique hotels in Lisbon and luxury hotels as well as a collection of stylish holiday rentals in the most beautiful boroughs of Lisbon such as Alfama, Bairro Alto, Lapa and the Chiado.
A few kilometres west of Lisbon you will find an abundance of completely different natural environments due to the micro climate of the Sintra mountains, a natural park. They include moist subtropical rainforests, full of fairy-tale palaces and manor houses in the historic towns of Sintra and Colares on the northern slopes, dry Mediterranean style climate with pine forests south of the mountains and beautiful beaches on the coast. It is an ideal area to stay in the Lisbon region. In our curated selection you will find manor houses and romantic bed and breakfasts in Sintra and Colares as well as luxury and boutique hotels in Cascais and Estoril.