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The 15th cen­tury Pala­cio Bel­monte which is lo­cated at the edge of St. Ge­or­gia’s Cas­tle on Alfama Hill, next to a quaint lit­tle chapel, of­fers over­whelm­ing views of the usu­ally undis­cov­ered parts of old Lisbon. A for­mer lux­ury haunt of counts and countesses, this palace­ho­tel has a rich his­tory, and to­day houses 11 mar­velous suites that are dec­o­rated with an­cient ta­pes­tries, 18th cen­tury tra­di­tional an­tiques, and con­tem­po­rary art. Many of the rooms have pri­vate ve­ran­das look­ing out over the city, the River Ta­gus, and Lisbon’s land­mark—the April Bridge. Visit this pala­tial dwelling if you wish to ex­plore the oldworld charm of Por­tu­gal. Hot fac­tor: Each suite is in­spired by an­cient writ­ers, philoso­phers, and ge­niuses of East­ern Europe. Elab­o­rate ori­en­ta­tion is given to guests to help them em­brace the his­tory be­hind tra­di­tional dwellings.

Its grand black mar­ble swim­ming pool, sur­rounded by gar­dens and orange trees, is rated one of the best in the world.

Palá­cio Bel­monte, Pá­tio Dom Fradique, Lisbon, Por­tu­gal; tel: +124 487 3878; www.pala­cio­bel­

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