A City for Lovers: Romantic Things to Do in Lisbon



 

Lisbon gets hearts a-flutter with its fairy tale castle and palaces, regal monuments and historic cafes and restaurants. In fact, exploring Portugal’s capital is to discover one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Take to the top of Elevador de Santa Justa for an ideal introduction to the Portuguese capital. As dusk falls and the city lights up, Lisbon’s castle provides a suitably dreamy backdrop for a photograph from this historic landmark. Take a selfie with your other half. Relaxing and unwinding together is what Lisbon is all about so why not visit a spa for some down time together. At Spa at Porto Bay you can indulge in a “his and hers” massage in peaceful and intimate surroundings. Sightseeing Belem, one of city’s most attractive neighbourhoods, is always a rewarding option. Add a little romance to the occasion by taking a horse and carriage ride with Q Tour, which passes the most impressive places to see. A romantic tea for two can be taken in charming surroundings at the Salão de Chá, the beautiful tearoom at the Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei. They also do a superb brunch. Call it a desire if you want, but Tram 28 allows you both to indulge in Lisbon from a vintage streetcar that trundles its way through some of the capital’s narrowest lanes and picturesque quarters. It’s a lovely way to explore. For coffee and cake 1920’s style, head for Café-Pasterlaria Versailles. Here it’s all about savoring the bygone ambiance of yesteryear Lisbon. Back in Belem it’s worth spending time ambling through the UNESCO-listed Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. This revered 16th-century monastery is noted for its spectacular cloister, which perfectly evokes Portugal’s age of discovery and romanticism. Also exemplifying Lisbon’s historic past is the Palácio Nacional de Queluz and Palácio da Pena. Both are outstanding architecturally and feature landscaped gardens and expansive grounds that offer lazy, hand-in-hand walking moments. And to round off a day together book a table at one of Lisbon’s fado restaurants. Senhor Vinho is one of the best where a candlelit dinner is served with the haunting strains of fado music and singing.      

 


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West of Center


What better way to spend a romantic evening with someone you love than enjoying a candlelit dinner while listening to the haunting strains of fado. This is one of the most respected venues in the city, a fado house tucked away in the residential...  Read More


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Outside the City


Portugal's very own Disneyland palace crowns the highest peak of the Serra de Sintra mountain range and is one of the most distinguished landmarks in the region. The 19th-century wonder conjures up an image of a child's Lego-brick toy with its...  Read More




Don't be put off by the rather incongruous location for despite being situated in the northern suburbs and approached by concrete housing blocks, this 18th-century royal palace stands alone as one of the grandest and most sumptuous in the land....  Read More




Deserving of its UNESCO World Heritage status, this beautiful and exuberant monastery dates from the early 16th-century and stands as a tribute to the golden Age of Discovery, that period in time when Portuguese navigators sailed unknown oceans...  Read More


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Campo Grande/Campo Pequeno


Whisk yourself back to the dapper days of the 1920s by stepping inside this veritable gem of a café. This is one of the finest examples of an early 20th-century Lisbon teahouse, and the bygone ambiance is absolutely beguiling. The building...  Read More




To really experience Lisbon in a novel and romantic fashion, hop onboard the number 28 tram. These bright yellow streetcars shake, rattle and roll their way over the city's most picturesque neighbourhoods to follow a meandering track past...  Read More


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Santa Apolonia


The tearoom at the Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei exudes exceptional charm decorated as it is with original period furniture, which is an architectural signature evident throughout the hotel. Non-residents can join guests for brunch in the salon or...  Read More




Clip clopping around historic Belém in a horse-drawn carriage is arguably the most romantic way to take in the sights of this enchanting Lisbon suburb. Departing from outside the UNESCO-listed Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the route passes other...  Read More




Enjoying Lisbon as a romantic couple extends to experiencing the delights of the city's various spas and wellness centres. At Porto Bay Liberdade, the hotel's Spa facility offers a fabulous his and hers massage experience, the Best Time...  Read More




As selfie opportunities go, few match the views to be had from the Santa Justa viewpoint, the platform at the top of the Santa Justa elevator, located in Lisbon's Baixa district. Built by architect Raol Mesnier du Ponsard and inaugurated in...  Read More


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Meet Paul Bernhardt

Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul
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