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Where To Chill Out: 11 Perfect Hotel Terraces In Portugal

The terrace at Ventozelo Hotel & Quinta. Photo LUIS FERRAZ / QUINTA VENTOZELO

By Ann Abel

All across Portugal, people have been counting down to today—the day that terraces (outdoor dining, basically) can reopen after the country’s long winter coronavirus lockdown.

There’s no shortage of esplanadas (terraces, rooftops and even sidewalk tables) in this lovely, temperate country, but some of the most beguiling are in hotels. From central Lisbon to the deepest Alentejo, from the vineyards of the Douro Valley to the beaches of the Algarve, these spaces are ready (or will be ready soon) to welcome guests back to a life lived outdoors. (In fact, some of these hotels were open all along, for locals who needed a change of scenery, but with room service everything, it was kind of a drag.)


The Sky Bar at Tivoli Carvoeiro TIVOLI HOTELS

Now that tourism is restarting, everything from alfresco breakfast to afternoon tea to sunset cocktails in the open air is fair game. Here are 11 hotel terraces worth booking a trip for … continue reading


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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