A City for Lovers: Romantic Things to Do in Lisbon

Lisbon can get 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 attractive cities, its sights, sounds and flavours. And for lovers, there are romantic things to do a-plenty. For a flavour of things to come, first take a wonderful brunch in the beautiful Salao de Cha, in the remarkable Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei. The city’s Castelo de São Jorge leaves an indelible impression on visitors, especially the picture-book views from its lofty ramparts. For an altogether different overview, hop on the Tram 28, a vintage streetcar that trundles its way through charming and picturesque neighbourhoods. For a taste of traditional Lisbon in quaint, yesteryear surroundings, grab a coffee and cake at the 1920s Café Versailles. The majestic Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belém is a must-see A-lister and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After being awed in the church, enjoy quiet contemplation in the ornate cloisters. The nearby Belem Palace Gardens offer another chance for peaceful reflection and unhurried conversation. The chateaux-like 18th-century Palácio Nacional de Queluz sits in a landscaped estate in Lisbon’s northern suburbs, and the journey back in time continues by staying on the train all the way to Sintra. Head up towards the 9th-century Castelo dos Mouros, the evocative Moorish castle, and then take in the Disney-like splendor of the amazing Palácio da Pena. End the day over a romantic, candlelit dinner at Senhor Vinho while listening to the haunting strains of fado.

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

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

Outside the City

The snaking battlements of this early 9th-century Moorish castle resemble rows of dis-coloured teeth, but the ancient walls are in fact remarkably well preserved considering their age. The stronghold sits high over Sintra, built by the Arabs...  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

Lesser known than many other parks and gardens in Lisbon, these trim and landscaped grounds are nevertheless worth exploring, especially during early spring when the sweet bouquet of blossoming flowers perfumes the air. The gardens surround the...  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

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

The castle is arguably the most impressive and evocative of Lisbon's rich collection of historic monuments. It's certainly the most ubiquitous, crowning the loftiest hill in the city and commanding glorious views of the Portuguese capital and...  Read More

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


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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