"Madrid is one of the most vibrant and entertaining cities of Europe. For that reason, I have my second home there, in the best location, facing the Prado Museum. I love old and intact cities, the heritage of humanity, like Toledo and Cáceres, and in the meantime enjoying the tranquility of yesterday and the pleasures of today out in the country. And I love heading down south crossing the border in a zigzag to discover a nearby paradise, a kingdom of biodiversity. Two countries in a single journey, full of secrets and new experiences which I am delighted to unveil to and share with you." ... Read Moreless
Restaurant in town. The Chef Óscar Velasco creates dishes featuring fish and shellfish from the Costa Brava, exceptional vegetables like young Maresme peas, or delicious Morella truffles, and his flagship creations, including crispy suckling pig from Segovia. The impressive cheese board is another highlight. Velasco’s cuisine is the embodiment of a culinary philosophy that is both traditional and contemporary, with a wild flourish. In the dining room, the Maître de Maison, Abel Valverde, and the sommelier, David Robledo, offer unique, stylish service – the prelude to a gourmet feast that will truly delight the senses. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Originally a private club, El Club Allard has preserved its unique atmosphere that provides everyone with the feeling of living a privileged moment. From the exterior, nothing indicates that Casa Gallardo, a modernist building built in 1908 by Frederico Arias Rey, houses one of Madrid’s most sophisticated restaurants. The menus conceived by Dominican chef Maria Marte, who learned her trade in the establishment, are a genuine voyage for the taste buds. The dishes follow one after the other, creating surprises, such as the intense sea rice, an illusion of rice prepared with squid, or the poetic composition of double-textured cheese with guava sorbet. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. A few steps from the center of Madrid, the Sandoval brothers present you with a culinary voyage that is far from conventional. Mario, Coque’s chef, experiments with innovative techniques such as the hydrolysis of an egg, the study of vegetable DNA and the extraction of polyphenols from wine. The unique and delicate flavours recall souvenirs of the past, a landscape — relying on the palate and nose, but also touch and imagination. Beginning in the wine cellar with Rafael, the sommelier, then continuing to the kitchen, the final touch is achieved with the dining room whose decor bears the signature of the prestigious architect Jean Porsche. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. The immaculate façade of the Heritage Hotel stands proudly in one of the most elegant districts of the Spanish capital. The listed building, built at the beginning of the 20th century and decorated in a belle-époque style, today houses a hotel that tastefully marries classicism with the urban environment. Designer Lorenzo Castillo has created a warm decor of lacquered wood, polychrome marble and handmade wallpaper, which serves as a showcase for a magnificent collection of European antiques and artwork dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. In much the same way, chef Mario Sandoval, at the helm of Haroma Restaurant, elevates the finest ingredients through his eclectic and sophisticated cuisine. ... Learn moreless
Manolo Blanik, Ángel Schlesser, Loewe, Bulgari, Versace, Jimmy Choo… all of the top Spanish and international designers have stores between the calles Serrano and Ortega y Gasset.
Two unique stores on El Rastro, the funky and authentic “portobello” of Madrid. In the L. A. Studio, original vintage furniture and special designs, a place appreciated by trendsetters, decorators and film makers such as Pedro Almodóvar. Photography lovers agree, Fotocasión is the place.
Fortified on a crag and defended by the River Tajo which surrounds it like a moat, Toledo seems like an island in the middle of the steppe. Wandering around it, the medieval city is a labyrinth with ten gates, enclosing almost one hundred important monuments: Muslim, Jewish and Christian. Among my favorites:...Read More less
In this plain, the Arms Factory for which the construction was ordered by King Carlos III in the 18th century, is a spectacular structure designed by Sabatini. It is rational and bucolic, between two arms of the river, and has been converted into a university campus where everyone wants to study.
Restaurant and hotel in town. Located inside the walled town of Cáceres with its extraordinary Almohad, Gothic, Renaissance and colonial buildings, Atrio boasts sublime architecture by Emilio Tuñón Álvarez and Luis Moreno Mansilla, masters of modern design. In the heart of the old stone buildings of this medieval town, Chefs José Polo and Toño Pérez prepare cuisine with unique, authentic flavours in a heavenly, extremely contemporary setting. Truffles, pasta and mushrooms, razor clams with cured Iberian ham, pig’s trotters, oyster and other gourmet creations are in complete harmony with the splendid building. ... Learn moreless
Outside of the walls, don’t miss the plateresque chapel and the restored bell tower of the church of San Juan or the Plaza Mayor. Within the walls, entering through the Arco de la Estrella, a series of three squares full of monuments: Santa María, San Jorge and San Mateo, the highest in the city. Along...Read More less
With the monuments illuminated. From the roof terrace or taking a little solitary walk around the old city, before sleeping sweetly.
When the time comes to return to the hotel, nothing could be better than a little dip in the twin pools on the terrace, with the burning red city at your feet.
Let yourself go and I will make up a tasting menu for you, with products from here and elsewhere, and personal recipes such as shrimp with a mask of Iberian ham.
Our wine cellar of contemporary design has treasures such as the “chapel” Château d’Yquem, a unique collection, Wine Spectator Grand Award.
Our parent company, in the new city, where we offer you the classic recipes of grandmother’s cooking. Baroque decoration, Berruguete soup tureens and boards. Authentic cuisine at a reasonable price (Avenida de España 22).
Breakfast in the moment at a chosen site. From the room which looks onto San Mateo and towards the garden patio. And an indispensable visit to the Helga de Alvear Center of Visual Arts
To get acquainted with Monsaraz, already 18 kilometers into Portugal. Within its walls, an Alentejo village which maintains intact its medieval layout, with its whitewashed houses, its large noble manors, and its castle with splendid views. Nearby, in Reguengos it is worth buying the handmade carpets....Read More less
In the archeological complex of Merida : the theater where the Festival of Classical Theater takes place. The National Museum of Roman Art of Rafael Moneo, Pritzker Prize, and the temple of Diana and its surroundings, a work of the young and award-winning architect José María Sánchez García
At kilometer 590 on the highway, take the turn off for the EX 382 into the meadows where the Iberian pig is raised. When you arrive at Montánchez, go to Casa Bautista to learn about the world of this unique animal, to taste and buy the authentic high-quality ham. A product as fine as caviar. Visits upon...Read More less
In the seaside village of Cacela Velha, encircled by walls and hanging from a cliff or going through the historic quarter of Faro, hearing the sound of your own footsteps.
To the south, where the Extremadura takes on a more Andalusian flavor, a getaway to Zafra to discover one of the most singular urban areas of Spain. Two adjoining squares with porticos of medieval flavor, with shining white houses and arches of brick, which are still the heart of this historical cityRead More less
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Situated on the beach of Praia da Rocha in this sunny region in the south of Portugal, a 19th century family house overlooking the ocean became the first hotel in the Algarve In 1934. The Bela Vista Hotel & Spa has now been refurbished and is a preserved resort on this busy coastline, where you can find relaxation and privacy amidst vibrant colours. Basking on the recliners around the very fine pool, or lounging on a beach with direct access, this is the perfect place to while the time away. The murmur of the waves is a constant companion, whether sipping a cocktail at the bar at sundown or enjoying a romantic dinner on the huge terrace overlooking the beach. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. Valverde is hidden behind a discreet door on Avenue da Liberdade, in one of the most exclusive areas of Lisbon. All the more charming for its hidden character, the hotel evokes the air of a stately town house with its perfectly polished design. The deep colours that shade the walls contrast with the bright tones of the fabrics and cushions. A clever mix of retro details and antiques, vintage furniture and art prints extends from the entrance to the rooms. With high ceilings and exposed plumbing, the quasi-industrial ambience of the restaurant, O Sítio, belies the intimate dining experience. Enjoy an exquisite Portuguese cuisine to which chef Carla Sousa adds a delightful Cape Verdean touch. ... Learn moreless
In the heart of the Alfama working district the Lisboetas come to listen to fado singers. A song which expresses the feeling of saudade, Fado is the heart of the town itself. Popularised by the tremendous Amália Rodrigues, it is as much a song of love as a devastating cry. A concert at the Clube de Fado,...Read More less
Punching your ticket on Tram no 28 is synonymous with escape! Recognisable by its yellow colour and wooden seats, the most popular tram in town takes passengers between Campo Ourique and Martim Moniz. A slow, ambulant picture postcard, striking and Romanesque, between tight turns and steep slopes. On...Read More less
By taking over Belcanto in 2012, chef José Avillez has opened a new chapter in the history of this award-winning restaurant that has been installed in the romantic neighbourhood of Chiado since 1958. Its complete renovation did not disappoint. Amid its sober and sophisticated decor, the restaurant provides...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Along with the Cabo da Roca lighthouse Fortaleza do Guincho is the most westerly point in Europe. Atlantic waves crash against the rocks at the foot of this impressive building. At the entrance, two cannons turned towards the ocean remind you that you are entering an ancient fortress. This is a building of character and immense charm, with preserved 17th century interiors, delicious cuisine and the beach just two steps away. Try water sports, play golf, or go to the casino in Estoril. For vibrant culture and nightlife, Lisbon is just 30 km away. ... Learn moreless
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.