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Travel and Local Cuisine

Special Destinations

Some places are just worth a trip, be it for magnificent landscapes, superb local cuisine or just for their peace of mind they transmit. This is collection of our favourite ones. You are welcome to send us locations and activities that you think should be part of this section.

Good Local Cuisine

Discovering and enjoying traditional local food is very rewarding. This collection about local specialities and where to find them is put together by Secretplaces and our member hotels.

Hidden Treasures

There are not many unknown treasures left, but even some known to locals are unknown to travellers. Here you will find some of the places worth a trip or detour.

Our favourite farmers markets

Our favourite farmers markets

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Top tips for 2012 - Portugal


Top tips for 2012 - Portugal

Hotels to look out for in 2012

We’ve been going for some 11 years and have seen some weird, way out and wonderful (plus not so wonderful) places to stay in our time.

Here is our, by no means exhaustive, pick of some of our favourite hot hotels to look out for in 2012, starting off with Portugal. We think you’ll love them:


Kids can come too (Family Friendly Hotels)

Taking the kids need not be a hassle, especially with places like these:

Casas do Sal, Alentejo

Aldeia da Pedralva, Agarve

Memmo Baleeira, Algarve


Low Cost (On a Budget)

Should good taste and individuality only be available to the wealthy and privileged? No!:

Casa Costa do Castelo, Lisbon

Quinta de São Vicente, Minho

Tapada do Gramacho, Algarve


Boutique Heaven (Style Conscious Accommodations)

Great design at great prices:

Choupana Hills, Madeira

Jeronimos 8, Lisbon

Vilacampina, Algarve


Luxury comes as standard (High End Hotels)

If you want to splash out a little, have a look at this:

Areias do Seixo, Lisbon Coast

Hotel Bairro Alto, Lisbon

Martinhal Beach Resort, Algarve


Beach Bums (Seaside Hotels)

We do like to be by the seaside especially when the seaside takes in these three gems:

Farol design Hotel, Cascais

Martinhal Beach Resort, Algarve

Club Porto Mos, Algarve


Living in the past (Historic hotels)

The past is still definitely what it used to be:

Pousada de Santa Marinha, Guimarães

Palace Hotel do Bussaco, Lisbon Coast

Solar do Castelo, Lisbon


Away from it all (Secluded Hotels)

You want to be alone? Then may we suggest…:

Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina, Alentejo

Azenha do Corvo, Sintra

Refugio da Praia, Alentejo 


Secretplaces is an independent hotel guide to some of the most beautiful and charming hotels and guesthouses, independent of price. Over the years, we have visited thousands of lodgings of which only a few have made it into this fine selection