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After giving Lisbon your all, these beach hotels are the perfect contrast to city living.

1. Areias do Seixo, Torres Vedras

Only an hour from Lisbon, the futuristic Areias do Seixo is a haven for architecture fanatics. On a hush-hush stretch of Portugal’s Silver Coast, evenings at Areias do Seixo are fuelled by wine, music and bonfires. Bedrooms lean towards the romantic with suspended fireplaces and sea-facing terraces.

2. Farol Design Hotel, Cascais

Consider this your contemporary beach house. Exteriors are minimalist and Colgate white; inside wood-panelling warms things up a bit. If you’re a fan of high ceilings (and extra space) reserve a room in the hotel’s original building. Dine at The Mix restaurant where floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the rocky coast.

3. Fazenda Nova Country House, Algarve

With country-house charm by the bucket load, this boutique hideaway is a 15-minute drive to the beach. On days when even a short drive feels like too much effort, pull up a lounger by the chic saltwater pool and nab a copy of The Face magazine (founded by hotel-owner Hallie’s dad in the 80s) from the library.

4. Sublime Comporta, Comporta

Beachside locations don’t come much better than this hotel, based on Herdade da Comporta – a swoop of coast between the Sado Estuary and the sea. Depart from your Lisbon city break early and head for this 70km stretch of sand. Sublime Comporta harbours 34 rooms in all, but it’s the Scandi-cool cabanas (set apart from the main building) which privacy-seeking guests should reserve.

5. Noah Surf House, Santa Cruz

For those in search of some bohemian beach vibes, Noah Surf House delivers. Right by the sands of Santa Cruz, this surfers-retreat-meets-beachside-hotel is best suited to early risers. Start your day with morning yoga on the terrace followed by a buffet breakfast of just-baked pastries and a medley of vegetables grown on site. Then hit the waves for the afternoon before retreating to your pad (kitted out with upcycled furnishings) for a pre-dinner nap.

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