Best of Portugal: Tourism

Inspired by the Spanish Tourist Office initiative developed with Monocle magazine in the last months and motivated by the lack of promotion of the best brands and places by the Portuguese Tourist Office, O Editorial will publish in the following weeks 50 of its favourite things in Portugal, from architecture and design to culture and style. In the last part of Best of Portugal series, the focus will be on some the best places to stay in Portugal:

Villa Extramuros - With a project by Jordi Fornells and Rolf Heinmann, Villa Extramuros, in Arraiolos, was inspired in roman fortified farmhouses and conventual architecture. The usage of local materials, like cork and marble, the design pieces that decorate the house and the calm environment make this villa the ideal rural refuge and a starting point to explore Alentejo.

Baixa House - Right in the centre of Lisbon, in a rehabilitated 18th century building, a dozen apartments offer a home way from home to travellers visiting Lisbon. Inspired by lisboan gardens, the apartments are airy, full of light and have an eclectic decoration with lots of botanical illustrations.

L'And - With privileged views of Alqueva lake, L'And matches architecture, nature and vineyards in an exemplary manner. Having only 22 suites, the interiors of this wine resort were designed by architect Marcio Kogan and couldn't be more elegant, standing out for the brilliant use of wood and natural stone.

Pedras Salgadas - Between Vila Real and Chaves, is located the most appealing eco-resort in Portugal, a touristic area with seven houses and thermal spa. With a project by Luís Rebelo and Diogo Aguiar, the forest cabins offer direct contact with the magnificent surrounding nature in Pedras Salgadas Park.

Rosa Et Al - Located in the artistic neighbourhood of Cedofeita, this small hotel is the perfect place to stay in Porto. Having only six suites, Rosa Et Al presents a relaxed and warming feel, standing out the original architectural details, wood flooring and vintage furniture.