Gift yourself a stay at one of these enchanting Portuguese properties. Urban, rural and coastal holidays all make the list.
VILLA EXTRAMUROS, ARRAIOLOS, ALENTEJO
This secluded rural retreat’s seven rooms and citrus tree-studded private patios are truly off-the-beaten path, set in a peaceful landscape of rolling hills dotted with knobby cork oak trees. The structure, a temple to contemporary design, sits juxtaposed against the unspoiled countryside.
Three sisters renovated this 19th-century townhome into a distinctively modern bed and breakfast, so named for the two doors leading into it. Unpretentious and sparkling, with custom-designed minimalist furnishings, the property’s two doors open out into a lively waterfront neighborhood in the heart of seafaring, medieval Porto.
We love the strikingly modern proportions of this commanding, architect-designed location. Comprised of four separate structures that seamlessly blend indoors and out, the sturdy concrete forms have a uniquely Mediterranean vibe, set as they are in a grove of olive, lemon and orange trees.
CASA CAIADAS - OPEN HOUSE, ÉVORA
A three-story, city center perch, this gleaming home sits in the pedestrian heart of historic Evora, and once served as an urban refuge and later a delicious bakery. Its gleaming white interior and breathtaking rooftop terrace with a pool and city views add to the home’s downtown-living cachet.
CASA DA VOLTA, GRANDOLA, SETÚBAL
Created in homage to the Portuguese architectural tradition of “Alcaçova,” or the historic walled fortresses built by the Moors, this scenic desert home is set in a surprisingly arid landscape and is full of nostalgic, desert glamour. The vibe is part Saharan adventure retreat, part Palm Springs luxury home.
A decidedly clever renovation of this historic home on a lively, merchant-filled street of Porto has transformed this property into a collection of unique apartments. Each of these modern cubicles comes outfitted with ingenious, fold-away multipurpose spaces and imaginative “sleeping cubes.”
SUBLIME COMPORTA, GRÂNDOLA, COMPORTA
This series of rooms and independent villas fill a windswept, 17-acre estate covered in pine and cork oak forest. In keeping with the natural setting, the aesthetic here is traditional Portuguese styling updated by modern uses of raw materials such as exposed wood and big, wide windows.
3 BICAS HOUSE, COMPORTA, ALENTEJO
Soaring panes and white walls define this standout structure, a geometric, architect-designed villa that tops a spare, spacious lot near the hip costal village of Comporta. Massive windows cover almost every elevation, and the home’s primary architectural palette, both indoors and out, includes a trio of concrete, wood and glass.
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