"I have always been intrigued by Portugal with its vibrant colors, rich history and stunning views. It seemed like the perfect fit for my next inspiration trip and I was lucky enough to bring along my good friend, Stacie Flinner. Stacie is an Interior Designer, so she was the perfect travel buddy as we would stop almost every other block to admire the tile-work and intricate architecture detailing. I am so excited to incorporate the history of Portugal into my next designs and am counting down the days until I can visit again!" Xo, Sarah
Located in Alfama, the oldest part of the city, The Palacio Belmonte dates back to the 15th century and houses just ten suites. The room that Stacie and I stayed in had warm marble floors, a private terrace overlooking Lisbon and included a little piece of history as each suite is named after a notable person from Portuguese history. The architecture is breath taking with hand painted tiles, antiques and modern art around every corner you turn. I cannot speak highly enough of this hotel!
This cozy french restaurant located within Hotel Palacio Belmonte, creates the most beautiful dishes that look more like art than food. You can see here this amazing fish dish that is the perfect depiction of their stunning presentations. Chef Philippe Gelfi traveled from Paris to open this restaurant and it was so good that we went back the very next night.
Cascais Beachside Lunch:
We stumbled upon the beautiful beach town of Cascais and after soaking up some much needed sun, we had a late lunch with a view of the ocean at the Albatroz Hotel. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of rose and the salty fresh air.
A Vida Portuguesa:
This little shop represents quintessential Portuguese culture. With almost a museum like atmosphere, this charming shop is filled with everything from curated nick-nacks to antique toys and cooking supplies. There really is something for everyone here and it is a must visit if you are in Lisbon. It is gorgeous enough to roam around in and you can tell that everything has a unique history and is not mass produced.
This once abandoned fish factory was recently converted into a stylish restaurant, showcasing Roman ruins. It was the perfect place to stop in for some afternoon coffee. The coffee roasts make for a great souvenir. What's better than high quality java?
A physical reminder of Portugal's rich history, the Alfama District is the perfect place to wander around. The narrow, cobbled streets are covered with old buildings, eye catching color, and orange trees. If you're in the area, you have to go to the famous lookout point "Miradouro de Santa Luzia" where you can take in the entire view of the city.
Palacio Nacional da Pena:
The Park & National Palace of Pena is located in the Sintra Hills. The castle is absolutely breathtaking, and it is well worth a visit but definitely have your walking shoes ready (I went with the Perfect Sneaker!) The interior of the palace was restored to reflect the decor of 1910, but the exterior is what we stayed for.