Yesterday New York Post Jessie Kandler listed 10 reasons why Portugal is Europes newest darling.
The seaside and mountain towns of Centro de Portugal are dotted with luxurious hideaways. Areias do Seixo is a glass and brushed concrete eco retreat in Praia de Santa Cruz an hour north of Lisbon where all the rooms and villas have terraces looking out onto the sea and feature massive zen-worthy bathrooms: waterfall showers, driftwood chairs, bathtub Jacuzzis and private outdoor tubs. Chef Leonardo Pereira, who hails from forager mecca Noma in Copenhagen, uses rocks as plates as part of his eight-dish tasting menu ($73 per person); a lunch salad features 21 different lettuces grown on site (double rooms at Areias do Seixo start at $297 a night).
#1 on New York’s Post’s Why-Go-To-Portugal-List – with a Copenhagen touch we like 🙂
These lists are published somewhere aorund the world at least once a month. So most travelers should know by knkw.
However Jessie Kandler’s list manage to blend the usual list toppers with arguments that add the edge to Why-Go-To-Portugal-Arguments we like so much. Like 2) Hammer time!, 4) The sweet and savory ‘rivalry’ between Lisbon and Porto or 10) You can pick up a hitchhiker and not get murdered.
Two hours south of Lisbon on the Alentejo Coast (so not technically Centro de Portugal) and still slightly underdeveloped, Comporta is the “it” destination of Portugal — it’s where Lisbon’s fashion and media crowd, as well as surfers, go to unwind on white sand beaches where there’s really nothing much to do but hang out.
Of course the fantastic beaches are on the list… but she didn’t mention the dolphins that welcome all beach lovers that spend 15 minutes to climb the sand dunes to reach them…