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Boca do Inferno Photo:Shutterstock
Boca do Inferno Photo:Shutterstock

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Lisbon for lovers

In the narrow streets of Lisbon, you can’t help but stay close together. And after the sun sets, the city’s Fado singers will teach you more about love.

Al fresco picnic

Take a trip to the spectacular Boca do Inferno in the coastal resort of Cascais, a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon. Boca do Inferno means the Mouth of Hell and is a cliff where Atlantic waves create a remarkable geyser. Take a basket of ham and wine and gaze out over the Atlantic where Vasco da Gama and other seafarers may have stood before sailing off on their epic voyages.

cascais-portugal.com

Senhor Vinho

Order a bottle of wine, cuddle up close to your date and listen to a Fado singer regale you with mournful tales of lost love. Senhor Vinho is considered one of the best places to listen to Fado. Many great Fado singers have appeared here including Joana Amendoeira. Even one of the owners, Maria da Fé, is a Fado singer. The menu features ­traditional Portuguese cuisine and booking a table in advance is recommended.

Largo Defensores da República 27
srvinho.com

Tuk tuk tour

Rent a colorful tuk tuk with room for two and take a tour round the narrow streets of Bairro Alto. These small vehicles have become popular in recent years and naturally, there’s now even an electric version. Rent one at Eco Tuk Tours. They cost from around €70 for an hour and a half.

Lissabon 1170-312
ecotuktours.com

Memmo Alfama

Take the tram to the boutique hotel Memmo Alfama and enjoy the ambience or check in. Many of the rooms have magnificent views, as does the rooftop bar.

Travessa Merceeiras 27
memmohotels.com/alfama

Pastéis de Belém

Share a sweet and creamy pastéis de Belém at the eponymous patisserie on Rua de Belém that opened in 1837. With its beautiful tiles it is as good on the eye as it is on the taste buds.

Rua de Belém nº 84 a 92
pasteisdebelem.pt

 

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