Dona Graça Apartments is in the city of one of Lisbon’s most charming old quarters, Bairro da Graça.
Lisbon airport is 20 minutes away by car; the hotel can arrange transfers for €35 each way.
Trains from Faro and Porto pull into Santa Apolonia station, one kilometre from the hotel. Transfers from the station are €10 each way.
You won’t need a car in the city, thanks to plentiful taxis and an easily an easily navigable transit system, but if you’re driving into Lisbon you can use the hotel’s onsite car park for €10 a day.
Worth getting out of bed for
Wake up with a leisurely breakfast in bed or a morning picnic in the hotel’s gardens, then soak up the sun as you float about in the quiet pool.
Brush up on your design knowledge at the oh-so-cool MAAT: Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, then wander ‘round the shops, restaurants, coffee shops and bars of LX Factory, a revamped former factory from the Industrial era. Prefer to feel the sand between your toes? Head down to Cascais Beach for a dose of sun and surf. Afterwards, you can watch the sun set (and stay until dawn, if you’d like) at Park Bar; built on the top floor of a seven-storey car park, this alfresco hangout has sweeping views of the Tagus and the Church of Santa Catarina. It’s equal parts bar, restaurant, garden and events space, hosting everything from overnight DJs to outdoor film screenings.
Get a regal dose of history at Castell di Sao Jorge, a mediaeval citadel that consists of the castle, the ruins of the former royal palace and the former residences of the most well-to-do members of society. Practice your royal wave from the ramparts.
Brunch like champions at Dear Breakfast, an on-trend cafe with a perfectly designed menu of rich coffees, berry-packed smoothies, eggs-many-ways, pastries, maple- and bacon-topped pancakes and purple acai bowls. For relaxed breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, there’s Time Out Food Market – a modern food hall of 40 expert tested-and-approved food stalls. There are seafood dishes aplenty, berry-topped cakes, artisanal beer stalls, pizzas, pastries and coffee kiosks. Indecisive palates and try-everything-adventurers, this is your place. And finally, for arguably the best seafood restaurant in Lisbon – Anthony Bourdain approved, so who are we to disagree? – make your way to Cervejaria Ramiro and order elegantly spiced plates of scarlet-hued carabineros, tiger prawns, goose barnacles and clams in garlic sauce. Skip the pre-dinner bread basket in favour of a decadent dessert.
Parched from walking up and down Lisbon’s many hills? End your day of adventure at rooftop cocktail bar Topo with sundowners and a sweeping view of the city’s twinkling lights.