Modern Hotels in Lisbon and Oporto, Portugal's Largest Cities
The oldest European capital outside of Athens, Lisbon has recently seen a renaissance with an influx of riverfront dance clubs and trendy fashion boutiques. About a third of its historical buildings have been renovated since 2000, including an ancient limestone Jerónimos Monastery and the moated St. George’s Castle. Three hours north of Lisbon, the hilly town of Oporto has kept its title as the world’s port wine capital since the late 17th century. Preserved baroque churches line the streets, and the waterfront teems with replicas of the wooden ships that historically exported the city's wine.
The Portugal-based Abreu Tours gives you a chance to visit one or both of the country’s largest cities with a choice of a five-night trip to Oporto, a seven-night trip to Oporto, a seven-night trip to Lisbon, or a seven-night trip to both Lisbon and Oporto.
Visitors to Lisbon stay in the heart of the capital at Hotel Lutecia, a modern dwelling with a neon-lit façade covered in orderly rows of terraces. Low-sitting furniture and red pillows and carpets decorate the guest rooms, most of which feature city-view balconies.
For vacations in Oporto, you'll stay at Porto Trindade Hotel, which also has a modern look complete with sparkling white marble floors, red floor-to-ceiling curtains, and contemporary art. Sleek lounge chairs on the rooftop terrace overlook nearby wine cellars and the Porto Cathedral in the city's historical center.
For each of Abreu Tours' trips, most of the time is left free for personal explorations. But each deal also includes at least one activity, such as a wine tasting or a cruise past Oporto’s six bridges. All trips include a live show of Fado music—a melancholy but melodic Portuguese musical style.
Lisbon and Oporto, Portugal: Historical Neighborhoods and Artistic Heritage on the Atlantic Coast
Portugal's capital since 1255, Lisbon sprawls over seven hills, where modern businesses seamlessly integrate with historical buildings and monuments. Century-old trams climb up cobblestone pathways on a route from the city's center to the hilltop St. George's Castle. The looming fortress holds some of the city's best views from its 1,000-year-old walls and 18 climbable towers.
In Oporto, the entire historical center of Ribeira, where medieval alleys wend past tiled churches and village-style plazas, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. But some of the city’s architectural marvels are its recent additions, including the partially buried, white stucco Museum of Contemporary Art that slopes with the surrounding gardens. Inside, the museum's collection focuses on the works of established and up-and-coming Portuguese artists spanning from the 1960s to the present.
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