A luxurious new hotel has opened in Portugal’s Alentejo region, set in the Royal Horse Farm at Alter do Chão: The Vila Galé Collection Alter Real - Equestrian Resort
Luxury, traction and history, the new Hotel República has opened in the center of Tomar. The five-star hotel just opened in the Praça da República. The new Tomar hotel is an investment of two and a half million euros. The Hotel República has nineteen rooms, two of which are suites, and a restaurant called "Praça" that opens to a historic square. The hotel is flanked by a monumental church and medieval city hall.
The Portuguese hotel scene saw the opening of several new properties this year, from luxurious 5-star resorts, to modern city hotels, quaint guesthouses or eco-lodges surrounded by nature. As the year is coming to an end, we did a roundup of the most remarkable new hotels that opened recently.
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Portugal might be a small country, about the size of Maine, but it offers a big variety of food, artistic practices, music, and traditional crafts among many other things. We’ve put together a list of experiences that are bucket-list essentials of a trip to Portugal and that you won't be able to get anywhere else.
An old Portuguese saying tells us that past waters do not turn the watermill. So often guests to Portugal don’t realize that Portugal is a nation defined by its rivers. From names, to culture to region, the waters that flow through Portugal define the nation.
So many people plan their trip to Portugal as Lisbon to the Algarve. Now these are great places to be, but would you plan a trip from, say, Genoa to Rome without stopping in Tuscany? Well, there is this part of Portugal that is unique, romantic and a destination all its own in between. Meet the Alentejo where there are no big cities with tall skyscrapers, large avenues, and luxurious shops - instead, the Alentejo is composed of smaller towns with low, whitewashed houses and narrow streets, where the traditional handcraft and cuisine are the attraction.
If we had to choose one truly remarkable thing about Portugal, it would be the cuisine. There are amazing natural landscapes and miles of beaches, not to mention the rich culture but Portugal has many delicacies that are only found in certain regions and they are worth a special trip.
Unless you consider it truly essential to visit some Portuguese beaches in the following weeks, coming to Portugal - as an American citizen - is only possible if there is actual essential reason for now. Individuals wanting to travel for tourism will still have to wait a while to see if the current rules (see the legislation) ease for Americans coming to Portugal. If you hold a Portuguese passport, you can travel now.