Great wine, views, weather and a bit of eye candy. Tell me I’m easily pleased but I was delighted when, after a busy few days in Sintra, I arrived at Memmo Alfama in Lisbon, took a seat under a parasol on the hotel’s roof, glass of wine in hand, and looked out at this –
Laura and I had a hectic couple of days seeing the beautiful sights of Sintra and were in desperate need of some R&R. When we arrived at Memmo Alfama and checked in our room wasn’t ready which was a-ok with us as we got to spend time in the Wine Bar and Terrace drinking wine, eating olives and reflecting on the past few days with 30 degree rays shining down upon us.
The red roofs of the nearby houses were an absolute picture and the River Tagus was calm and scattered with cruise ships. Every sound and sight was a peaceful one and being on the terrace was a real treat for the soul and the senses.
I absolutely adored the red pool. It’s not something you see every day and it really stood out against the blue skies and the white, black and cream furniture. The red roofs of the nearby houses and the sporadic red chairs on the terrace ensured the pool didn’t look completely garish and out of place but rather really inviting and I regret not taking a dip during my short stay.
Once our room was ready we dropped our bags and strolled the streets of Lisbon for a little while before returning to the hotel and the terrace for the last of the day’s sun. In the evening the terrace was lit by candles and mini fire pits in some of the tables. A cocktail bar appeared next to the pool and come morning the same space was used to serve breakfast.
I’m a complete sucker for a rooftop bar and even more so when there’s a pool and the climate to justify it. The Wine Bar and Terrace was exactly what I needed after such a hectic few days and the weather, wine and peaceful views washed the stress away within seconds. Everyone has a happy place where they go to chill and escape everyday life and I think if I lived in Lisbon the Wine Bar and Terrace would be mine.
(I was a guest of Memmo Alfama)