Newlyweds will be swept off their feet by the touch of intimacy and one-of-a-kind experiences waiting at a honeymoon hotel in Portugal. You’ll find cultural and historic wonders alongside excellent wine bars and top restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal’s Algarve is a gateway to wide golden beaches, cascading cliff sides and sapphire seas, and Madeira’s tranquil seclusion is a true affair of the heart.
Honeymoon hotels in Portugal that will melt your heart
Get away from it all in Madeira
Stunning views, castaway beaches, friendly hospitality and seafood specialities make honeymoon hotels in Madeira the prefect choice for couples looking for both peace and quiet and a touch of intimacy. Spring is the best time to visit because this is when Madeira is in full bloom and the island transforms into a ravishing botanical garden. The city of Funchal, well-known for its exquisite floral displays, comes to life with parades and festivities in May, which is also when the flower festival takes place. No matter when you visit, though, Madeira is sure to cast a spell on you. Enjoying a stroll along a levada is one of the most romantic things to do while staying here. These ancient irrigation channels criss-cross the island and lend themselves perfectly for walks ranging from a few easy hours to a week-long extravaganza. Exploring the Laurisilva forest on foot is another magical experience. A private flight for two and the views over the island will make your hearts soar. Don’t dare leave the island without trying its most famous export – Madeira wine.
Sparks fly in Algarve: Wild nature & Secret coves
The Algarve coast has hundreds if not thousands of dome-shaped caves that are mostly inaccessible from land. A great way to gain access to these intimate spots, and to visit the famous Benagil Caves, is via a boat cruise that will take you around Ferragudo and Carvoeiro in central Algarve. The rocky formations on the golden sandy beaches create plenty of secluded areas, perfect for a romantic day with your partner. For a truly sensuous seaside experience, indulge yourselves in a massage on the beach, complete with a bottle of champage at Caneiros beach. The inner Algarve enchants with pretty castle towns and ancient villages set on hillsides covered in flowers and cork trees. This is also where you will find the Via Algarviana hiking trail. Head to the western coast or Monchique if you’re a couple that likes it quiet and rural. Resting snugly between Lagos and Portimão, Alvor is a picturesque town bursting with Moorish charm. A popular attraction here is the elevated walkways across the sand dunes and mud flats of Alvor’s Nature Reserve. These pathways provide a unique view over the Alvor’s river estuary and are perfect for birdwatching. For the ultimate fairy tale ending to your stay at a honeymoon hotel in Portugal, book a cookery class for two. This is a good way to learn about Portuguese cuisine, which is still relatively unknown outside of the country, and a delicious way to spend the day.
Eat like a king in Lisbon: Sunset cruises & Cultural highlights
Lisbon’s location on the northern bank of the Tagus River boosts its charming atmosphere. Add to that the melancholic sounds of fado and you have a recipe for romance. The longest river in Portugal and Spain, the Tagus lends itself perfectly to enjoying a romantic sunset cruise. The cruises also offer a different perspective of Lisbon’s most popular landmarks. Just like fado music, the city’s oldest district, Alfama, will tug at your heartstrings. The streets here are so narrow that you can’t help but snuggle up to your significant other while walking along them. Alfama is full of cozy bars and little shops where lovers can by each other keepsakes and trinkets to remember their time in Lisbon. The city sits on seven hills, so Lisbon naturally boasts a number of viewpoints, called miradouros. These lookouts are the perfect spot to share a packed picnic and a tender moment with your loved one. Palaces all over Lisbon have been renovated into grand hotels and restaurants – so if you want to eat like a king and queen, Portugal’s sensual capital is the place to do it.