We are now in February which means one thing to those travelling this month: a romantic Valentineâ€™s Day getaway. Those wishing to experience the romance of a European city without the cold and dark skies typical of the old continent at this time of the year only have one choice â€“- Lisbon.
Sculptures by famous artist Robert Indiana spelling â€œLoveâ€ and â€œAmorâ€ are scattered around the city in places like Rossio Square and Avenida da Liberdade (they were previously displayed by New York’s MoMA museum), dimly-lit restaurants in Bairro Alto are awaiting bookings for a table for two, and the special Hermitage Museum exhibition is still showing regal splendour in Ajuda Palace until the 17th of February. All that combined with a horse-drawn tour of Sintra and its fairytale palaces make Lisbon the ideal place for a special getaway for two.
GoLisbon further recommends ChapitÃ´ restaurant for dinner overlooking the illuminated city and river, or Viagem de Sabores by the medieval cathedral in the charming Alfama quarter.
For a place to stay, choose from the cosiness of York House, Janelas Verdes, Solar do Castelo, or Palacio Belmonte.
Those with more time wishing to go beyond the city should consider Obidos, the perfect medieval village historically linked to romance, as it was a wedding present given to a Portuguese queen. Check to see if the pousada hotel in the ancient castle is available.