Top 5 Pet-Friendly Hotels in Portugal

When you have a pet it can be complicated to decide on a whim to go for a long holiday or even for a little weekend break. That’s why I’ve decided to make a list of some of my favourite pet-friendly hotels in Portugal. Start planning your next trip with your little furry friend with some of these suggestions.

1. Novotel Porto Gaia

Pet Friendly Hotel
Pet-Friendly Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia

Enjoy all that Porto has to offer without leaving your pet behind. Novotel Porto Gaia is also great for an escape with your children, there’s a video game area, indoor and outdoor playgrounds and also two swimming pools. Oh and in case you’re still wondering if you should make a booking, in the summer the hotel hosts barbecue parties by the pool, how awesome is that?

If you book your stay at Novotel Porto Gaia today, you can get a room for 5 nights for €344.

Book it now before the prices increase or save the link and make the decision later.

2. Topazio Mar Beach Hotel & Apartments

Pet-friendly hotel in Albufeira
Pet-Friendly Hotel in Albufeira

Summer has been very shy this year but there’s bound to be some sunny spells, so pack up your bags, pick up your treasured pooch and head to the Algarve. At Topazio Mar Beach Hotel & Apartments in Albufeira, you can enjoy some sunny days by the pool with your 4 legged friends by your side. Book today and pay only €166 for 5 days.

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3. The Noble House in Évora

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Pet-Friendly Hotel in Évora

I love going to Évora, it’s close to Lisbon, only an hour and a half away by car, it’s full of history, it’s a UNESCO world heritage site, it’s a lovely university town with many bars to explore and amazing Alentejo typical restaurants to try. And did I mention the wine tours? Évora is home to some of the biggest and best wineries and vineyards in Portugal. So, what are you waiting for? Book a stay at The Noble House and enjoy this city in the company of your “better half”. The price for 5 days in November is €308.

Book it now before the prices increase or save the link and make the decision later.

4. Clube Borda d’Água

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Pet-Friendly Hotel in Albufeira

Clube Borda D’Água in Albufeira is only 20 metres away from Oura Beach so you can either go to the beach or relax in one of the many swimming pools at the club. At Borda D’Água you can stay in an apartment with a big terrace or balcony, perfect for your pet. Each apartment can accommodate 4 people which means not only you can take your pet with you but also travel with some friends. Book your hotel today and pay only €200 for 5 days.

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5. Vale Paraiso Natur Park

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Our next suggestion is Nazaré, a city known for being one of Portugal’s most popular seaside resorts. Only a mere 1-hour drive from Lisbon and on the silver coast Vale Paraíso Natur Park is a camping park in the middle of nature. But fear not, if camping is not for you, you can always stay in the wooden cabins or apartments spread around the park. If you book now, a wooden cabin with a double bed, bathroom, balcony, kitchen and dining area is only €201 for 5 days.

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Dote, American ribs in Lisbon

If there is one thing I miss from my times in London was the ability to have almost any kind of cuisine from around the world without having to wonder if it was going to be authentic or not. After moving to Portugal and despite having, in my opinion, the opportunity to experience one of the best cuisines in the world, sometimes it can be frustrating when trying flavours from around the world. That’s why I am always happy when I find some of the flavours I miss in a restaurant near me.

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Sometimes the interpretation and the ability of the chefs who are trying to recreate said flavours is not always the best and this is why I was pleasantly surprised with the American BBQ Ribs served at Dote in Lisbon.

Although there’s still room for improvement, the flavour was there and I could finally have some barbecue meat, well cooked and with a sauce that reminded me of my favourite American flavours. Unlike the meat though, I was a tad disappointed with the chicken soup which was too salty and made with rice instead of noodles. Apart from I’ve described, there’s much more for you to try, beef tataki, entrecôte, chuletón, Mozambique shrimp, cod and francesinhas.

When it came to the venue, I really liked the space, a lot of tables and a stylish decor. If you visit them on a Friday or Saturday you can have dinner with your friends while a DJ plays the latest tunes. As for prices, I found them very reasonable, the pork ribs with barbecue sauce, chips, coleslaw was a mere €13.50.

Address: Av. da República 51 C 1050-188 Lisbon Portugal | Phone: 21 796 1104

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Villa Saboia, sushi and Mediterranean cuisine in Estoril

Villa Saboia belongs to one of Portugal’s biggest soap opera superstars. Ok, maybe that’s not the most important part of this restaurant’s history, but if you live here or are just visiting, I think that’s an interesting tidbit of information.

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And if you are a fan of NCSI and the stunning Portuguese actress Daniela Ruah, this is a place where you could potentially spot her when she visits her hometown.

Now, talking about what really matters, the food. Villa Saboia is an amazing restaurant in Monte Estoril with not only some of the most delicious sushi you can try in the Estoril and Cascais area but also fabulous Mediterranean dishes.

The restaurant has two floors, downstairs you will find the sushi and gin bar and upstairs you can sit, relax and enjoy both the sushi and also the wonderful Mediterranean cuisine while sitting amongst the most sophisticated and trendy crowd of the area.

On Sundays Villa Saboia, offers an irresistible all you can eat sushi feast for only €25. If you are ever around for business you can always try the “Menu Almoço Mediterrâneo” for €12.90. Try it and let us know what you think.

Address: Avenida Saboia, 515 A | 2765-278 Estoril | Phone number: 216028058

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Fauna & Flora, a healthy and delicious brunch

Hi all! How are you all feeling after, I might say, the most disappointing summer of all time in Portugal? I have never experienced such ridiculous temperatures as the ones we’ve had this year. Low twenties in mid-July and mid-thirties in August? This is not what I call a real summer experience and I am sorry for all of you who either moved to Portugal or booked a holiday looking for a hot summer. I too feel bummed about all this nonsense and what do I do when I’m feeling down and need a pick me up? Go for brunch, who doesn’t?

That’s why last week I ventured into Lisbon and went to try one of it’s newest and most popular brunch spot: Fauna & Flora in Madragoa, right next to the Assembleia da Republica (the Portuguese Parliament) and not far from river Tagus. We loved the space, once you step in you can immediatly feel zen. The calming influences of a forestal decoration takes over the walls and the surroundings.

The brunch menu is filled with delicious options, from granola and smoothie bowls to different types of pancakes, avocado toasts and snacks. My husband and I both had toasts, I chose the Avotoast and he had the Terycow.

To drink, I had red fruits juice and for dessert? Of course, we had to try the chocolate brownie which was very rich but also very tasty. I couldn’t even finish it. I loved it so much, nothing like a delicious meal to forget about this depressing weather.

Location: Rua da Esperança, 33, Lisboa, 1200-655 Lisboa📍

Schedule: From 10:00 to 20:00, closes Mondays

Summer in the Algarve | Best 5-Star Hotels by the Beach

Falésia Garden by 3HB in Albufeira

Falesia Garden Hotel

Falésia Garden by 3HB is right by Falesia Beach in Albufeira. This wonderful property is also close to two other beaches, Barranco das Belharucas and Olhos de Água. It has an on-site restaurant, a swimming pool and all the apartments have cable with English channels for when you want to stay away from the sun and king size beds. If you’re a golf lover, there are also two different golf courses in close proximity. The staff is amazing and really helpful, they can make killing mojitos, and the food delicious with the buffet changing every day.

Price for 6 nights in September: €799         Location  Albufeira       Type of Accommodation  Apartments      

Vilalara Thalassa Resort 

Vila Thalassa 5-star


Vilalara Thalassa Resort is a 5-star hotel located in Armação de Pêra. It’s right in front of the beach and on top of a cliff overlooking Praia das Gaivotas. This magnificent hotel has 6 swimming pools, a spa, a garden and 4 tennis courts. The staff is wonderful and the food outstanding.

Price for 6 nights in September: €1.989        Location  Armação de Pêra       Type of Accommodation 5-star Hotel   

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Vale de Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa

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The magnificent 5-star hotel Vale de Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa is located inside the town of Carvoeiro, a beautiful fishing town in the Algarve. Each room and suite has a balcony or a terrace. This hotel has an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, a children’s playground with lots of activities happening during the day and a spa. At Vale de Oliveiras you can also the Olive Tree Restaurant where you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean dishes. If you’re travelling with children you can always book the self-catering suites with fully equipped kitchens.

Price for 6 nights in September: €846         Location  Carvoeiro       Type of Accommodation  Rooms or suites   

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The Lake Resort

Lake Resort

The Lake Resort is a luxury 5-star hotel located in Vilamoura. The sandy beach pool, the floating restaurant,  the Oriental and Fusion restaurants, the children’s club or even the spa, there’s plenty to do at this magnificent resort.

Price for 6 nights in September: €1799         Location:  Vilamoura       Type of Accommodation:  Rooms

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Conrad Algarve

Conrad Hotel

The Conrad Hotel is a very elegant and modern hotel. There are 3 restaurants and 3 bars inside the grounds of the hotel serving the Mediterranean and South American specialities.  The beach is only a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Conrad is a golfers favourite since it’s inside Quinta do Lago a well-known golf and country club.

Price for 6 nights in September: €1779          Location:  Quinta do Lago, Almancil      Type of Accommodation:  Rooms

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Looking For a Good Sushi Restaurant in Lisbon?

I love sushi and lucky for me and many of you sushi lovers out there, Lisbon is the perfect place to find this delicious cuisine. Find out the brand new sushi restaurants in Lisbon.

  1. Aron Sushi

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You can be sure you will have fresh and delicious sushi in this cosy restaurant. Can’t think of a better place for a more intimate dinner. The sushi man, Aron Vargas, came from Brazil 16 years ago and immediately started working with one of the most renowned sushi chef’s in Portugal, Takashi Yoshitake. Today he has two sushi restaurants, this is the most recent one and it’s right above a fishmonger so you can rest assured, the sushi will be very fresh. They offer 9 lunch menus with sushi and sashimi combos (€35 for 30 pieces or €18 for 15 pieces) or you can try instead the a la carte menus.

Address: Mercado 31 de Janeiro, R. Engenheiro Vieira da Silva, Lisboa

Average dinner price for two*: €50

Book your table here. 

2. Kitanori Sushi Lounge

I’m always suspicious when the sushi price is low but in this case, the low sushi prices are inversely proportional to the fish quality. It’s fresh and it’s delicious. At this new restaurant, you can take a seat at the counter or you sit in one of the tables. 8 pieces of tempura go for €9,90 and a meal for two can go up to €30.

Address: Rua Barao de Sabrosa 315A, Lisbon 1900-091, Portugal

Average dinner price for two: €30

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3. Chiyome Sushi, Lisboa

The Chiyome Sushi is located in Belém, more specifically, inside the Associação Naval de Lisboa and has the best view of the Tagus river, as you can sit in the margins of the river while enjoying your dish. Prices for a sushi combo start at €17 for a plate with 15 pieces and go up to €57 for the chefs special with 50 different pieces. Every day there are different specials available.

Average dinner price for two: €30

Address: Av. Brasília, Doca de Belém, Pavilhão ANL, Belém

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4. Nómada

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Crunchy cones stuffed with marinated tuna and Port infused caramelised onion, covered in sesame seeds and wasabi peas are one of the client’s favourites, but there’s more. Prawn tempura with tartare mayo, white fish ceviche with tigers milk, chips and sweet potato puree… Should I say some more?

Average dinner price for two: €60

Address: Av. Visconde Valmor, 40A, Lisboa

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5. Miss Jappa

Chirashi sushi

It’s right in the centre of Lisbon, in Bairro Alto more precisely. At the helm of the restaurant is the only Portuguese certified by the All Japan Sushi chef Anna Lins. At this restaurant, you can try a mix of the old and new sushi cuisine. The chirashi is, at the moment, one of the most highly recommended dishes.

Average dinner price for two: €40

Address: Praça Príncipe Real 5 A, Lisbon 1250-184

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6. Japonês-ritz at the Ritz

This restaurant is what happens when you get the freshest of fish combined with the skills of some of the countries’ best sushi chefs. Located inside of Ritz, this restaurant has only 18 seats available so book in advance. The menu is mouthwatering, with options ranging from the most traditional dishes to fusion or Nikkei.

You can try the tasting menu for €69 a person, lobster with spinach and yuzu and truffle vinaigrette is included in the menu or, if you prefer to go for the weekday lunch where you can have the executive lunch for €39 per person, the price includes a saké negi or saké maki temaki, 18 pieces of sushi and sashimi, a dessert and a drink.

Average dinner price for two: €100

Address: Ritz Four Seasons Hotel Lisboa, Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 88

To make a reservation: 213811400

*average prices for two include 2 appetizers + 2 mains + 2 beverages + 1 dessert

Hope you enjoy all or at least, some of my suggestions. Are there any other restaurants I should know about? I’m all ears. Let me know in the comment section!


Our Favourite 4-Star Hotels in Lisbon With Swimming Pool

Lisbon is fast becoming one of Europe’s top capitals. It’s wonderful to visit the city in the summer and you’d be wise to choose a hotel with a swimming pool where you can relax and cool off after a long day of sightseeing. We’ve decided to dive into the city’s most trendy hotels and discovered which ones have the best swimming pools available. Enjoy our special selection of the best 4-star hotels with a swimming pool in Lisbon.

1. Lisbon Marriot Hotel

The Lisbon Marriot Hotel is our first suggestion of a 4-star hotel with a swimming pool. It’s close to Lisbon’s zoo and it’s right in the middle of one of the city’s most typical neighbourhoods: Benfica. Guests have raved about the fabulous breakfast spread (which includes omelette and pancake stations), the amazing swimming pool and the beautiful gardens. The historic centre is only a short, inexpensive uber ride away.

Price: €634 for 4 nights in June Location: Avenida dos Combatentes, 45, Sao Domingos de Benfica


2. Lux Lisboa Park Hotel

Within walking distance of the trendy Avenida da Liberdade, you will find the Lux Lisboa Park Hotel, a superb 4-star hotel complete with a terrace, outdoor heated pool, poolside bar and hot tub. For a fun night out, you can walk to Bairro Alto in just 10 minutes or enjoy a variety of cuisines in one of the many restaurants close by.

Price: €629 for 4 nights in June Location: Rua Padre António Vieira 32 a 34, Avenidas Novas

3. NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade

NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade is a 4-star hotel which rests between high-end shops and some of the capital’s best restaurants. From the rooftop pool, you can appreciate the scenic views over Lisbon and the Tagus River. Guests have said: “Hidden gem in a heart of Lisboa! Excellent Hotel! Beautiful views from balconies and especially from the open lounge/bar on the roof! Great food!”, “Everything about this experience was outstanding. The rooms were great and the staff incredibly helpful. Breakfast was fantastic.” Book fast before all the rooms are snapped up.

Price: €943 for 4 nights in Lisbon  Location: Avenida da Liberdade 180 B, Santo Antonio

4. Memmo Alfama – Design Hotels 

The quaint Memmo Alfama is located in a refurbished, late 19th-century building, right in the centre of the old town. From the luscious red rooftop swimming pool, overlooking the Tagus River, you will surely enjoy your Lisbon summer getaway.

Price: €1.302 for four nights in June Location: Travessa das Merceeiras 27, Santa Maria Maior

5. Jupiter Lisboa Hotel

Guests have raved about the wonderful staff, the high-quality food, the amazing location and the fabulous swimming pool. If you are looking for a hotel in the centre of Lisbon, the Jupiter Lisboa Hotel might just be “the one”. This 4-star hotel is located in the centre of Lisbon, halfway between Saldanha and Campo Pequeno and is only a 3-minute walk from the nearest metro station. The hotel offers an adult and children’s outdoor swimming pool and has plenty of sun loungers for you to relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the city.

Price: 950 Euros for 4 nights in June Location:  Avenida da Republica, 46, Avenidas Novas


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