Lisbon, Porto and Vidago, Portugal
13°C / 55°F
Making the most of the vibrant city of Lisbon, the centrally located Neya Hotel prides itself on its eco-sustainability, modern facilities and contemporary interior design. Just a short drive from the airport, the hotel is within walking distance to many of Lisbon’s stunning attractions, while also just 750 metres from the nearest metro station. Capitalising on the hotel’s location, Neya Hotel has produced its own app to help guests get the best of their city, offering tips on where to visit and how to navigate the city – whether by foot, bike or public transport.
After a day’s sightseeing, head back to the hotel to relax in the Day Spa, which offers a plethora of treatments as well as a Jacuzzi and tea ritual room. When dinnertime comes around, the Viva Lisboa restaurant will cater to your culinary cravings with innovative and delicious Portuguese cuisine in an elegant environment. Your double room at the Neya Hotel is equally stylish, with a purple colour scheme, rich fabrics and modern amenities. Have a comfortable night’s sleep in your plush bed and wake up refreshed, ready to tuck into your buffet breakfast.
Porto Royal Bridges
A four-star boutique hotel found in the stylish city of Porto, the Porto Royal Bridges offers a wonderful location in relation to some of the most popular landmarks around. Bolhao City Market is a great place to get a feel for the local atmosphere and it’s just 350 metres away, while Porto Colosseum is just 450 metres away – meaning you can get around the city incredibly easy. The Porto Royal Bridges’ facilities are just as impressive as its central location, with a wonderful restaurant and an elegant bar.
Relaxed environments and unique menus are on offer in both the Entre Pontes Restaurant and Eiffel Bar, with each one providing an authentic local taste. Modern and bright, Entre Pontes serves up northern Portuguese cuisine imbued with a fusion flair. Meticulously designed, Eiffel Bar offers views of the city, an extensive cocktail list, and of course, lots of port wine. Rooms are convenient with tea and coffee making facilities and modern amenities like a flat-screen TV and satellite channels.
Recently named as one of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Vidago Palace is also exceedingly popular with guests. It has five-star rating on TripAdvisor and recently received a Travellers Choice Award in 2018. Situated just outside the charming little village of Vidago, it’s a majestic building surrounded by tranquil greenery. Built in 1910, the hotel stands as a perfect blend of modern luxury and traditional Belle Époque chic. It’s on-site 18-hole golf course, fine-dining and the fact that it is the eighth best luxury hotel in Portugal mean it’s the ultimate in opulence.
Surrounded by 100 hectares of woods, parkland and thermal spas, the hotel is the perfect retreat for guests seeking pure relaxation. Take a dip in either the indoor or outdoor pool, go for a reinvigorating spa treatment, play a round of golf on the adjacent course or simply relax in the exquisite rooms. Pay lavish attention to your tastebuds in one of the four restaurants, where the highly acclaimed and award-winning chef Vitor Matos is at the reins of the menu of gastronomic delights.
Full of signature yellow trams and belle époque-inspired architecture, the pastel-coloured houses and cobbled quaintness of Lisbon are immediately welcoming as you set foot in the city for the first time. A city as diverse as it is beautiful, Lisbon also houses several streets which are more recognisable in a wholly contemporary city, where art, fashionable shops and delightful restaurants populate the streets. Along the banks of the Tagus, visitors can see how times gone by and the present beautifully complement each other in the city. From the stunning UNESCO Heritage-listed Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower to the longest bridge in Europe, the sleek Vasco da Gama Bridge. Trawl through quaint markets like Feira da Ladra and the Mercado da Ribeira next to the Cais do Sodre station, before strolling up and down the narrow streets of the Bairro Alto and Alfama areas. Here you can check out the Lisbon Cathedral and entertain a fair bit of shopping in the linear and old-fashioned Baixa Pombalina-area. In Alfama, you can enjoy some freshly-caught seafood and a glass of wine, while being entertained by a rendition of a traditional fado – Lisbon’s iconic romantic music.
The second-largest city in Portugal, Porto is full of cobbled streets, scenic waterfronts and ancient buildings. The historical core of the city has been listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site and walking along the river by the shops and cafés of the Cais da Ribeira will allow you to dart in and out of the small streets that run up the hillsides on which Porto stands. Visit the beautiful Sé Cathedral and Bolso Palace that stand at each corner of the centre and then head further out of the city for lesser known gems. Head north, past the Torre dos Clerigos to one of the oldest bookshops in the world, the Lello and Irmao. With finely carved wood decorating the walls and the ceiling, and a beautiful wooden staircase winding its way up to the first floor. The bookshop is surrounded by quaint little shops, open squares and lots and lots of beautiful churches. The University of Porto is also just around the corner, and a visit to the institution’s Museum of Natural History is another must.
The small village of Vidago is set in the heart of northern Portugal, full of quaint local restaurants and shops, as well as the chance to explore the magnificent Tamega River. Flowing gently past the town and continuing further on through the north of Portugal, it’s a beautiful spot to stop by. A little further on, you can visit the old Roman city of Chaves which borders Spain. Explore the old fortifications, stroll along the banks of the Tamega and over the romantic 12th-century Roman bridge.
After a day spent walking, you can retire to one of the bars or restaurants for a refreshing drink or to sample the regional favourite – cured presunto hams. Nearby, you can visit the natural hot springs which originally made this town a desireable settlement. The water in the springs is some of the hottest in Europe, in some places reaching up to 70°C. The region – like the hotel – is centered on a quieter pace of life with a focus on recreation and relaxation.
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