Torres Vedras, an hour outside Lisbon on Portugal’s Costa de Prata, moves at its own leisurely pace. It’s all about genteel strolls on the beach, snacking on fresh mussels, and enjoying a glass or six of douro. For a hotel that represents the locale, try Areias do Seixo. Here guests gather for rustic canapés, traditional folk music and local wine. This sociable hotel hosts twice-weekly late-night bonfire soirées, not to mention nightly sessions on the terrace or by the pond where both the port and the stories flow freely.
Dine and drink until late, and watch a movie any time in the 7th Art Room, which has a big screen and a cache of classic films. If you’re there for a romantic getaway, ask for the Nha Cretcheu room: it has a seductive fireplace by the bed. The next morning, go for a surfing session on Praia do Seixo – there’s no better way to wash away a hangover. areiasdoseixo.com