From south to north, passing through the stunning center of the country, the best of the year in sophisticated Portuguese hospitality is made up of places full of art, classic modernity and history, in a luxurious balance between country and city life. Here they are:

Vermelho Hotel – Alentejo
“Eclectic, maximalist and daring”, this is the intimate and welcoming boutique hotel in Melides, Alentejo, conceived by world renowned shoe creator Christian Louboutin – a local resident. A 5-star hotel that celebrates Portuguese tradition and know-how, “whilst reflecting the French designer’s cultural passion, curiosity, and welcoming character”. A true “home away from home” amidst the rural charm of the country’s south region.

Hotel G.A. Palace – Porto
An “oasis in the city”, it is said, and it’s quite right. Set in the heart of Porto, G.A. Palace blends “luxury décor and a homely feel with modern construction birthing new life” to an early 20th century building that was owned by the same family for three generations. Located within a short walk of some of the city’s most famous monuments, its best restaurants, and quirkiest bars, it’s a luxury must.

Valverde Santar Hotel & Spa – Center
Set in beautiful and aristocratic Santar, the Garden-Town near Viseu and Coimbra, the Valverde is a remarkable 5-star boutique hotel, with a high level of privacy and attention to guests (there are only 21 rooms and suites). Just until before the opening it was the residence of Miguel de Bragança, Duke of Viseu. A palace with four hectares of vineyards and three hectares of breathtaking gardens.