St. Valentine’s Day history begins during the 3rd century when Roman Emperor Claudius II prohibited marriages to gain more soldiers for Rome’s military campaigns abroad. A priest named Valentine disregarded this imperial decree and celebrated weddings until this secret was discovered and he was arrested and tortured and sentenced to die on February 14th.
What? The most romantic day of the year is here and you’re out of plans to impress your significant other? That’s no way to honour Valentine’s sacrifice! But don’t worry, Portugal Homes has your back on this.
If you’re in Lisbon and need some local tips, we recommend starting your day with a stroll through Graça, which is located in one of the mythical seven hills of Lisbon. Take advantage of the higher position and enjoy the view over the city from Miradouro da Graça, right in front of Convento da Graça’s churchyard. Normally you can find a Wine With a View kiosk there or at the São Jorge Castle. Wine With a View was born in Lisbon in 2014 with a truly unique concept: serving wine by the glass at Lisbon’s most scenic spots, inviting visitors to take a break and enjoy a wonderful moment. Right below the walls of the São Jorge Castle, Chapitô’s restaurant offers the same impressive view over the city, either inside or on the terrace area, and the culinary specialities of Chef Bertílio, a reference of the contemporary Portuguese cuisine.
In the 19th century, Chiado became the centre of Portuguese Romanticism it was where the city’s poets, writers and painters met, and where everyone had to be if they aspired to be known and recognized. Chiado is now one of the most emblematic neighbourhoods of the city, where you can find sculptures of famous Portuguese writers like Fernando Pessoa and Luís de Camões. As the cultural zone of Lisbon that it is, there are plenty of theatres and museums to visit, like the São Carlos Theatre, the only Opera theatre in Portugal. After going through everything Chiado has to offer, you might want to sit a bit and relax while talking with your significant other and drinking a glass of wine at By the Wine, with its relaxed and cosmopolitan space and a rich selection of wines and food. For later in the evening, Chiado’s Palace offers a delightful experience merging gastronomy and art in an 18th-century palace. Various gastronomic concepts share the same space, under the curatorship of Chef Manuel Bóia, the hard part will be the choice of which experience to taste. Chiado’s Palace requires a reservation, so please be sure to make the reservation beforehand.
Liberdade Avenue is one of the most emblematic avenues in Lisbon. It was built in 1764, strongly inspired by the Parisian boulevards. Today, this avenue is where every luxurious brand and restaurant wants to be. Two fine examples of luxurious restaurants are, for one, the JNCQUOI, which has an offer of timeless gastronomic choices with a fashion conscious and the deli bar with its distinct environment and the finest selection of wines from all around the world for the best oysters and cuisine specialities. Another option is the Cave 23 Restaurant, in the Torel Palace. The Cave 23 is the compromise between classics of traditional Portuguese gastronomy, techniques and flavours. Pride in national products is evident and this passion translates into a genuine, modern cuisine where ingredients are the protagonists.
We believe that with these suggestions you can promise to your lover that your romantic heart has been waiting for this day since last year’s February 15th.
Today is the day to fall in love, so it can happen you fall in love with any of these areas and want to live there or make a real estate investment. In case that happens, remember to submit an enquiry with us and let one of our specialists guide you through all options available!
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