Everyone has that one achingly cool friend who seems to always find the most gorgeous, ‘in the know’ places to stay, eat and enjoy the city when they go on holiday.
If you’re not fortunate enough to have one of these types of friends, or if you simply can’t be bothered to do the legwork yourself when planning your next European city break, then The Considered Guide travel books are for you.
Currently, the collection includes city guides on: Lisbon, Marrakech, Amsterdam, Dublin and Milan, all trendy destinations in their own right, each oozing with its own unique wow factor.
I recently came across their city guides for Lisbon and Portugal, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite picks that they’ve selected for each city.
Where to stayThis luxury hotel has 32 pavilions, each with its own courtyard.Part of the Relais & Chateaux family of global hotels, this beautiful hotel has breath-taking gardens to unwind in.
Where to eatThis opulent restaurant, bar and champagne club is absolutely gorgeous and a DJ spins until 2am. Arrive dressed to impress.
This stylish bar and restaurant features belly dancing, African dancers and a DJ who spins until 1am.
What to seeGorgeous gardens and a palace situated within the Medina.This tranquil garden in the heart of the Medina is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the Medina.
Where to stayThis modern 42-room hotel boasts chic furnishings and a rooftop pool.This stylish hotel was designed by local architecture and interiors company Bastir. The on-site restaurant Sitio serves relaxed Portugese cuisine.
Where to eatThis restaurant from renowned chef Jose Avillez serves exquisite seafood and charcuterie.Part owned by John Malkovich and Catherine Deneuve, this seriously stylish restaurant is one of Lisbon’s chicest hot spots.
What to see
One of the greatest luxuries of all is having the time to relax with a great book.