A City for Lovers: Romantic Things to Do in Lisbon


Lisbon gets hearts a-flutter with its fairy tale castle and palaces, regal monuments, historic cafes, and restaurants. In fact, exploring Portugal’s capital is to discover one of Europe’s most romantic cities.Head for the 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 Elohim Spa you can indulge in a “his and hers” massage in peaceful and intimate surroundings. Even in winter the romantic appeal of Guincho is tangible. Escape the city and indulge in a long walk over the beautiful Guincho-Cresima dune field. A romantic tea for two can be taken in charming surroundings at the Salão de Chá in 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. Who can resist fado? Senhor Vinho is one of the best restaurants in the city, where a romantic candlelit dinner is served to the haunting strains of this unique singing style. Also exemplifying Lisbon’s cultural clout is the Palácio Nacional de Queluz and the Palácio da Pena, in Sintra. Both are outstanding architecturally and feature landscaped gardens and expansive grounds that provide ideal hand-in-hand walking moments. And if you fancy rounding off a day in town in style, order cocktails for two at chic stylish Cinco Lounge. 


Bairro Alto/Principe Real


There are cocktail bars and there is Cinco Lounge. This is Lisbon's premier cocktail venue, a real after-dark treat for aficionados of the mixed drink. Its intimate, semi-lit ambiance also makes it a wonderfully romantic place to enjoy a drink...  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



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 utterly romantic 18th-century royal palace stands alone as one of the grandest and most...  Read More



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

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 on board 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

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 Sunday brunch in the...  Read More



The unspoiled beauty of the Sintra coast lends itself to some incredible walks, and the trail that arrows its way through the Guincho-Cresima dunes is one of the most rewarding. The dune field lies within a protected reserve and is accessed by...  Read More



This highly regarded day spa facility is known for its range of special Elohim Rituals where the emphasis is on Oriental-themed treatments. For couples, Elohim has designed appealing him and her options (ideal as a romantic interlude or...  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


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