Hi! Today, our article will introduce you to a luxury guide dedicated to Portuguese treasures. Secrets from Portugal, a Guide for the Finest Places is a special edition, launched by interior design magazine CovetED. This is the first number of the Secrets Collection, that was made out to be a complete and collectible guide about the hidden treasures of each country.
The one we are talking about today is the oldest state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe, that attracts millions of tourists every year. And, of course, there are good reasons to that.
One of the main economic activities in Gondomar is goldsmithing, with special emphasis on filigree work, both in gold and silver. Filigree is the art of twisting two very fine gold or silver strands, which are then applied to moldings of various shapes, filling them with a delicate lace. The results, as the example we can see below, are beautiful, handcrafted items that can be either jewelry, decoration, or ornaments on furniture.
With unbelievably unique views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean Restaurant, which has two Michelin stars (rewarding best restaurant) since 2011, offers the perfect combination of sublime cuisine, impeccable service and an elegant but uncluttered atmosphere, with an exclusive design. The view over the sea is the icing on the cake, appealing to everyone’s desire to enjoy a magnificent view while tasting some of the best dishes there are.
Located on São Miguel Island in the Azores, this seafront hotel offers a rare and unique connection with nature. It emphasis a luxury lifestyle for anyone visiting the country, and offers everything a hotel of this rank should.
Café Majestic: Located right in the centre of the “Invicta” City, the Majestic coffee shop is undoubtedly a point of reference for both Portuguese and foreigners. One of the reasons of why you should visit Portugal.
Inside, the scent of leather upholstery and varnished wood is joined by the magnificent vision of the plaster-decorated ceiling and of the endless Flemish mirrors, is an ensemble that marvels all senses. Add in the combination of marble and metal and it becomes truly exquisite. At the back of the café, nature rules in the conservatory, which connects Santa Catarina street to Passos Manuel street.
The opening day, which has become a distant memory, has always been remembered by the city. Many have flocked to this part of the city to learn about the new building that has become to define Porto’s architectural landscape. Appealing to intellectuals, bohemians and to the ladies of high society, when on a walkabout, would sit to drink tea or eat an ice cream.
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Located in Lisbon, the Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar specialises in the preservation and dissemination of the various expressions and aspects of the work of Júlio Pomar, an illustrious painter from the country.
Views of Portuguese historical monuments. The colors and shapes combined all together bring out a unique atmosphere.
Gastronomy highlights a country’s features. It is very rich, as the country has territory which also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional gastronomy.
Craftsmanship is one of this country treasures, which creates beautiful furniture such as coffee and side tables. Talented people come from all over the country to put their skills at use.
Traditional architecture of the country is distinctive and include the Manueline, also known as Portuguese late Gothic, a sumptuous, composite Portuguese style of architectural ornamentation of the first decades of the 16th century. But there also are modern designers and architects, as well as buildings worth a visit. The Megalithic Museum was created in 2016 as a way to promote and value the megalithic heritage of Mora, in the district of Évora, affirming the historic-cultural memories of its people.
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