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Portuguese Delights: Two New Luxury Hideaways in Porto

By Ann Abel

While Lisbon has lately captured the world’s attention (or at least mine), Portugal’s second city has been stepping out of the shadows. Lately, it has grown into a place where there is far more to do than taste fortified wine and embark on Douro River cruises.

Truth be told, it took me a while to warm up to Porto and appreciate its charms. Maybe I just hadn’t found the right place to stay. That sounds odd because Porto has many fantastic hotels that I admire and appreciate for various reasons. But it was only on my most recent visit, last month, that I truly fell in love.


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Ann Abel is a travel writer and editor and was a senior editor at ForbesLife. She writes for Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveller, Robb Report, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, ,Well + Good NYC, and other print and online publications.”In the name of lifestyle journalism, ” she says, ” I’ve gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents.” She lives in Lisbon.

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