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Stylish Golf and Boutique Hotel Tour around Lisbon

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When autumn approaches we usually look for a destination to spend some more sunny days to extend the summer. Autumn is the perfect season to travel to Portugal since it offers visitors a wealth of culture, beautiful landscape and great golf courses! Besides from stellar boutique hotels, of course…

The region around Lisbon – Portugal’s capital – is not only a fantastic region for golfers, though. Whether you care about history and heritage, great beaches or the unique landscape, the country makes for an excellent autumn getaway!

Lisbon's "25 de Abril" red suspension bridge

“Lisbon’s "Ponte 25 de Abril" suspension bridge

These are our recommendations for golfers and those who love small yet stylish boutique hotels:

Travel itinerary for a tour around Lisbon

We first headed eastwards toward Évora in the Alentejo region. When leaving Lisbon we crossed the impressive “Vasco da Gama” bridge, one of the longest bridges in the World!

Vasco da Gama suspension bridge

“Vasco da Gama” suspension bridge

After visiting the enchanting Alentejo region we travelled back west, to Cascais, before we continued our trip up north:


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Places of Interest around Lisbon

Évora – Bursting with History and Culture

Traveling to Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region, you will find a sleepy landscape, white villages, vines, olive groves and small towns that have remained practically unchanged for centuries. This region is truly charming!

And the city of Évora – a UNESCO World Heritage – is like an open air museum with many cultural sites, palaces and churches.

Évora's city hall

Évora’s city hall

There are so many nice cafes and bars in Évora that we enjoyed walking around, savoring local wine every now and then. The region is also known for its genuine cuisine, by the way. We had a delicious black pork at a restaurant called “Maria Luisa”.

Sheep cheese at Evora's Maria Luisa restaurant

At the Maria Luisa restaurant, check out their cheese!

Cascais

Cascais lies on the far western coast approximately 30 km from Lisbon. The former fishing village has reinvented itself into an elegant seaside resort and one of Lisbon’s most sophisticated destinations. Locals flock here for a relaxed weekend.

Cascais' bay near Lisbon on a foggy day

Cascais on a foggy day

Sintra

Sintra is yet another UNESCO World Heritage site nearby. There are many things to see in Sintra, starting of course with discovering the natural and architectural buildings, the historic palaces, castles, monasteries and monuments.

Unfortunately, the day we visited Sintra it was rainy and foggy. Hence we don’t have any great pictures to show here :-(

Vibrant Lisbon

The wide variety of city hills and heritage buildings make Lisbon a well rounded city. The picturesque capital, built on a series of hills with scenic vistas from every angle, is very charming and we enjoyed the city’s parks, gardens, belvederes, cafés and esplanades.

Lisbon

Besides of all the heritage monuments Lisbon also boasts modern architecture as for example the impressive Champalimaud Foundation building in Belém.

Belem's Champalimaud Foundation building

Champalimaud Foundation in Belém/Lisbon

Belém is one of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods with the largest number of heritage sites. Here you will find the picturesque Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery (both World heritage sites).

Tower of Belem in Lisbon

Tower of Belém in Lisbon

At the “Antiga Confeitaria de Belém” (simply known as “Pasteis de Belém” or “Belém pastries”) we bought Lisbon’s famous custard tarts. Be prepared to queue, though! The pastry shop gets the most visitors around!

Tasty "Pasteis de Belem"

Delicious “Pasteis de Belém”

Once you’re back in Lisbon you shouldn’t miss the ride across Alfama – Lisbon’s old medieval district – with the legendary tram No. 28 – what a great experience!

Tram No. 28 in Lisbon

Tram No. 28 in Alfama

The view from the terrace of the “Elevador de Santa Justa” is also very recommendable. You get a 360-degree bird’s-eye views of the city!

Elevador de Santa Justa in Lisbon

Santa Justa elevator

Dont’ miss the “Parque das Nações” – the former exhibition site of Expo 98. Its futuristic architecture offers a strong contrast to the city’s old quarters. Most of it was built by innovative architects for the World Fair that took place in 1998.

Knowledge Pavillon on Lisbon's Expo area

Knowledge Pavillon on the former Expo site

Charming Boutique Hotels

Besides the traditional “Pousada” hotels Portugal also boasts charming boutique hotels. We were amazed by the following great retreats:

L’AND vineyards – design hotel in the Alentejo region

L'AND Vineyard design hotel

L’AND Vineyard design hotel

 

Areias Do Seixo – one of the most enchanting boutique hotel we’ve ever visited!



 

The Oitavos – an outstanding golf and design hotel in Cascais

The Oitavos hotel restaurant

The Oitavos Hotel

 

Amazing Golf Courses around Lisbon

Portugal is also very renowned for its fantastic golf courses. Many of them are situated at Portugal’s south coast, in the Algarve. However, Purtugal’s centre region has some great and remarkable courses, too!

Troia golf course tee sign

Troia Golf Course

Read our separate report about the amazing golf courses around Lisbon: Troia, Quinta da Marinha, Penha Longa, Oitavos Dunes, Praia del Rey and Belas.

Fly into Lisbon and Rent a Car!

Lisbon’s international airport is located quite closely to the city centre and you get to the city in no time. If you’re planning to travel to remote golf courses and different hotels you might want to book a rental car. The Portuguese driving behavior is relatively easy given its latin roots…

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