Which cities should you visit In Portugal?

Now that Per Purr is arriving in Portugal, here are a number of cities that you should visit to
get to know a little more about the country of our Iberian brothers and sisters. Grab your
suitcase, your Per Purr travel kit, and let's take a trip together.

Lisboa, the city of the 7 hills

● Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, also known as "the city of 7 hills", due to its hilly
streets. Experience Lisbon’s charm when you take a ride on tram 28 that winds
through the center of the capital, visiting the Castle of São Jorge and the Sé
Cathedral. Don't forget to walk around Belém, visit the Tower, the Padrão de
Descobrimentos and Jerónimos Monastery, and finish the day with a pastéis de nata
(Portuguese egg tart pastry) and an espresso. A walk through the Baixa Chiado is a
must, with its typical shops and cafes. The café "A Brasileira"preserves its old-world
charm, where you can also find the statue of the famous Portuguese writer,
Fernando Pessoa. If you like nightlife, then Barrio Alto is your spot – it has many bars
and terraces that you can check out with your friends at night. The Rua Cor de Rosa
near Cais do Sodré is a street which, ages ago, was lined with bars for the sailors
who used to frequent them looking for prostitutes, but is now filled with nightlife, bars
and trendy restaurants.

 

Caldas da Rainha the healthy city

  • Caldas da Rainha is one of the healthiest cities in Portugal, where the queen used to
    go to soak in the hot springs for some self-care. It was here that the first Thermal
    Hospital in the world was established. The city is famous for the renowned ceramics
    of Bordalo Pinheiro, which are very characteristic of the city. Here, you can find
    plates and trays in the shape of cabbage leaves, fruit and animals. If you want
    something more traditional, buy the famous black swallows to put on the wall in your
    house. You can also find the Foz do Arelho beach near Caldas da Rainha.

 

Sintra, a fairytale village

● Sintra is a small village near Lisbon, which you can get to by car (be careful when
parking) or by train. Sintra is a city straight out of a fairytale, with its Palácio da Pena
at the very top (summer residence of the last monarchs of Portugal), which is worth a
visit just to see its rooms decorated as if people still lived there. A little further down,
you’ll find the Quinta da Regaleira, a magical property where you can get lost in its
gardens and mazes. Visit the village of Sintra and sit outside on a terrace to try a
Periquita pastry and coffee. You can also visit the Mouros Castle.

 

 

Coimbra, the city of Love

● Coimbra is one of the oldest and most important cities in Portugal, as it was the
residence of the first monarchs in the country. It was also the setting of one of the
best known love stories of the Portuguese court: the forbidden love between Prince
Pedro and the lady of the court Inês, who was executed by order of King Afonso IV, who
saw this romance as a threat of subjugation to the Castile kingdom. For a long time, the
city was the capital of the kingdom, but later became a renowned site of universities and
public schools. Here, you can visit the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in the
country and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Monastery of São Miguel,
you can visit the tomb of the first monarch of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, along with the
Monastery of Santa-Clara-a-Velha and the Cathedral of Coimbra. Check out the main
museum in the city, the national museum Machado Castro, and if you want to see the
garden of Inês and Pedro, visit Quinta das Lágrimas. For the little ones, Portugal dos
Pequenitos is a must see, with its replicas of the country's typical houses. End your day
with a boat trip on the Mondego River.

Oporto, the magical city

● Porto is a magical city, with its houses and streets near the Douro River. A visit to the
São Bento Station with its impressive architecture is a must, as is a walk to the
Cathedral and the Torre dos Clerigos. Wander down the infinite stairs and streets in
the center until you reach Ribeira, with its traditional restaurants and shops. If you
dare, take a boat ride on the Douro River and be amazed by the magnitude of the
bridges and the city. You’ll also find the famous Port wine cellars along the river,
some of which are open to tourists. Downtown is the home of one the most famous
cafes in Porto, the "Majestic" café, along with one of the most famous bookstores,
"Lello". Don’t forget to try one of the most typical Porto meals, the famous
"Francesinha".

 

Serra da Estrela, the highest point in Portugal

● Serra da Estrela is one of the highest points of continental Portugal, which you can
enjoy during the cold and snowy winter months. During the spring, you’ll be dazzled
by its mountains and vegetation. Climb to the highest point of the Serra to find the
Tower and go skiing on one of its many slopes. Finish your day by enjoying cheese
from the Sierra on a slice of Seia bread.

Óbidos, the sweet city

● Óbidos, just 70 km from Lisbon, is a small fortified city that looks like something out
of a movie. Within its walls, you’ll find a small castle that was declared a national
monument, along with its typical medieval houses. Lose yourself in its narrow streets
and try the famous "Ginjinha de Óbidos" in a glass of chocolate.

Berlengas, the natural islands

● Berlengas is an archipelago, located 10 km from the city of Peniche. It is formed by 3
islands, but you can only visit the Verguenza Mas Grande. In the port of Peniche, you
can take a boat that brings you closer to the island, just a 45-minute ride away on the
Atlantic. These islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you’ll find nothing but
fauna and flora and small fishing houses. Here, you can visit the Lighthouse of the
Duke of Bragança, which is still functioning, and don’t forget to visit the Fort of São
João Batista on your trip. The island has a limited capacity, and no overnight stays
are allowed.


 

TÓTEM HOTEL 

A cosmopolitan place for culture and excitement

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In the heart of Madrid, surrounded by the most elegant boutiques and big names in fashion, Tótem combines the luxury and energy of the neighborhood. Its sophisticated air, with luxurious and clever interior design, makes it the perfect place to stay when visiting this bustling Spanish capital city.

 Its common areas are eclectic, with a mix of elegance and avant-garde. Its contemporary and minimalist furnishings were carefully selected to create a relaxed atmosphere, free of clutter. Amenities, you ask? At the request of the hotel, Per Purr has created the fragrance “Clementine Black Tea” which brings to mind the sophistication of tea ceremonies.

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A favorite among Madrileños and visitors alike, Tótem Madrid offers a welcoming and modern vibe. There's no better way to start your evening off than with a drink from the wide selection at their cocktail bar!

 

ADDRESS:

Calle de Hermosilla, 28

28001 | Madrid

(+34) 914 260 035

www.totem-madrid.com

 

 

AKELARRE HOTEL

360º Experience

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Pedro Subijana's three-Michelin star restaurant now has a 5 star boutique hotel. Located in the Bay of Biscay, with views of San Sebastian's coastline and a modern but cozy design, this is the ideal place for food, wine, art and architecture enthusiasts alike.

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Its inviting design uses natural materials that blend in with the surroundings, which were the inspiration for the amenities Per Purr designed: the smell of the Cantabrian Sea, the moist, cold earth, and green, woody scents.

 

Immerse yourself in nature! 

ADDRESS:

Padre Orcolaga, 56 (Igeldo)

20008 | San Sebastián

(+34) 943 311 209

www.akelarre.net

 

NOA BOUTIQUE HOTEL 

New luxury in Galicia

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Noa Boutique Hotel is proof that rural getaways don't have to be devoid of avant-garde design. With spectacular views of the bay and the Castle of  Santa Cruz, Noa is a hotel with a local and sustainable mindset. It uses renewable energy, generates minimal plastic waste and has low levels of water and paper consumption.

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In any of its 32 rooms, you will wake up with gorgeous sea views, surrounded by clean and timeless decor, with an abundance of natural light complemented with neutral woods. The amenities Per Purr created for Noa are held in beautiful, large black bottles in each of the rooms. You can even purchase them to take home with you. An opportunity to immerse yourself in the aromas from your days in paradise.

 

ADDRESS:

Avda. Concepción Arenal 51

Santa Cruz | Oleiros

15179 | A Coruña

(+34) 881 244 144

www.noaboutiquehotel.com

  

GECKO BEACH CLUB 

The best-kept secret in Formentera

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On the magical island of Formentera, Gecko Hotel & Beach Club is an homage to the summertime glamour of the jet-setters of the 1950s, while respecting the protected surroundings.

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The rooms are decorated with an elegant mix of neutral colors, with a splash of omnipresent cobalt blue. The amenities have that amazing mix of scents that you'll find in the Mediterranean: lavender, rosemary and grapefruit.

 

An innovative experience that unites passion for the island, beach style and the elegance of a bygone era, with vintage touches in every corner of the hotel.

 

ADDRESS:

Playa de Migjorn, Ca Marí

07860 | Balearic Islands

(+34) 971 32 80 24

www.geckobeackclub.com

   

PALACIO SOLECIO 

Stay in the most iconic palace of Malaga!

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Located in the Judería neighborhood, in front of the famous church of Santiago and steps away from Picasso Museum and the cathedral, the Palacio Solecio is the best place for discovering the beauty and history of Malaga step by step.

The complete restoration of this 18th century palace is breathtaking. It honors the original architecture and artistic style while incorporating a classic and modern air.

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Its cozy and elegant rooms have been designed to optimize rest after an intense day enjoying the city. Soft tones dominate in the decor, giving a special majesty to a unique space where comfort is king, creating a balanced and serene atmosphere that is complemented by the amenities that smell of sweet figs and citrus fruits.

 

ADDRESS:

Calle Granada, 61

29015 | Malaga

(+34) 952 222 000

www.palaciosolecio.com

 

ARANTZA HOTELA

Naturally Exclusive

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The award-winning Arantza Hotel is engulfed in nature in the heart of Navarra. The natural surroundings, visible both from the rooms (equipped with the so-called "best bed in the world" made by the Swedish brand Hastens), and from the sauna in the private spa, are quite impressive.

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Throughout the year you can observe the change of seasons and colors from the huge windows and terraces, listen to the sounds at night, eat the best of the region's cuisine and indulge yourself in the spa.

 Per Purr amenities can be found both in the bathroom and by the bathtub, carefully positioned to relax while you take in the spectacular views.

 

ADDRESS:

Aientsa Auzoa, 10

31790 | Arantza | Navarra

(+34) 654 318 949

www.arantzahotela.com

 

 

LA VELLA FARGA 

Charming hotel one and a half hour from Barcelona

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La Vella Farga is a secluded Catalan farmhouse that stood out for its architectural elements and the buttresses supporting its thick walls. It is located on a large esplanade overlooking the four winds. The great variety of rooms, halls, bedrooms, stables and wine cellar make it a great place to stay.

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After a careful renovation that was completed in 2015, preserving old elements and structures, the owners have taken on the task of decorating all the rooms of the hotel, reflecting a contemporary and sophisticated style while carefully restoring the most significant pieces of furniture.

The result is an exclusive hotel for travellers who seek out nature, open fields and forests and nights filled with silence, calm and comfort. Of course we recommend an invigorating shower in the morning with our lavender, rosemary and grapefruit Shower Gel or a relaxing night bath with our Relax Soap.

 

ADDRESS:

LV-4241B

25283 | Lladurs Solsona | Lleida

(+34) 973 299 212

www.hotelvellafarga.com

 

 

CASERÍO MONTEHERMOSO 

Slow Paradise

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Living surrounded by concrete at a pace that is not natural promotes anxiety and causes many symptoms that are the opposite of the physical and mental well-being we all seek.

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This rural complex is surrounded by sustainable forests and very close to a beech tree forest, ideal for the Japanese practice of "shinrin-yoku", or "forest bathing", an activity that, according to recent research, has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and is the basis for a profound change towards a much more balanced and harmonious life.

 

Take a long bath with Per Purr amenities in the beautiful Artea room, next to the fireplace while you have some tea.

 

Do you identify with this philosophy?

 

ADDRESS:

Calle Real, 7

Astúlez | Álava

(+34) 607 38 37 47

www.caseriomontehermoso.com

 

 

IZAL LANDETXEA 

Natural Atmosphere

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Izal Landetxea is located in the municipality of Bergara, in a privileged natural setting surrounded by nature. Bergara is located in Alto Deba, the geographical center of Basque Country. It is great for nature lovers, as it is near beautiful places such as Aizkorri Natural Park or the surroundings of the Urkulu reservoir.

There's nothing like discovering the local gastronomy, which keeps a sweet secret, its traditional handmade pastries. Dulces rellenos and dulces tostones are two famously delicious pastries, if you have a sweet tooth make sure to try them!

Guided tours, hiking routes, bicycle routes and horseback riding are a few activities that you can do in this nature lover's dream.

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This friendly, cozy space is in a spectacular location and is carefully decorated, so every corner breathes the past and present of the farmhouse. Open, minimalist spaces, filled with harmony, where you will feel at home.

A charming place where every detail is taken care of. A perfect place to disconnect. A natural environment to become one with nature. You will have a great time at Izal.

 

An experience in which you will be immersed in a micro-world of which Per Purr is a part. Our amenities translate all the philosophy of Izal into unforgettable scents. 

 

ADDRESS:

Barrio San Juan, 58

20570 | Bergara | Gipuzkoa

(+34) 606 962 380

www.izalcasarural.com

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