Powerful and a bit mysterious, Bois du Portugal is a woody-rich scent that captures the fragrant forest of the Iberian Peninsula. This masculine fragrances takes its cue from the French word, “bois” which translates to woods. As an ode to this classic scent’s name, we set our sights on the enchanting city of Lisbon. From city, to sea, to mountains, Portugal has something for everyone.
Portuguese cuisine is most famous for its seafood. Whether it’s grilled, boiled, fried, stewed, roasted, or even steamed, the freshest fish is served any way you like. Cod or bacalhau, is the most common locally served fish. For fine dining options visit Belcanto, a chic wood-paneled dining room offering modern takes on traditional Portuguese cuisine. For picturesque terrace dining with city views on the hilltop of Castelo de São Jorge visit Restaurante Casa do Leão.
Breakfast is usually fairly simple. A spread of fresh bread with butter and jam, or ham and cheese are a daily ritual for the locals. Most importantly is the bica or espresso served with sugar. For a more indulgent breakfast, The Mill in Lisbon has incredible coffee and brunch. Don’t leave without trying the famous egg tart pastry Pasteis de Nata at Pastéis de Belém bakery. Locals top them with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
In recent years Lisbon’s accommodations have expanded and become much more luxurious. From palaces and historic buildings to boutique hotels or quaint Airbnb’s, Lisbon has no shortage of options. Alfama which is the city’s oldest quarter, has steep winding streets between densely packed buildings all leading up to some of the best views of the city. Plenty of options for food and shopping, you can spend all day exploring just within a few blocks. Avenida da Liberdade is a wide palm-lined strip of some of Portugal’s most expensive real estate. Given its central location you’re just a short distance from a variety of major attractions. Afterward, return home to enjoy a glass of wine atop some of the most luxe shopping in the city.
From mornings at a museum to afternoons catching waves by the sea, Lisbon has a variety of attractions all within just a few miles of one another. Given its rich history, visiting a few of the local museums and monuments is a must. A few must-sees, Jeronimos Monastary, Torre de Belem, and Praça do Comércio should be on your list. The Palace of Mafra which was built by order of King João V, consists of a Royal Palace, a basilica, a convent and a game reserve.
To get in touch with nature, take a day trip to Sintra via a short 40 minute train ride outside of Lisbon. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the historic town offers trails for hiking and historical landmarks. Hike on the trail between Praia Grande and Cabo da Roca that runs 100m above sea level for spectacular views. For great nightlife with Lisbon’s famous fado music, visit the lively Barrio Alto neighborhood full on bars and restaurants. No need to overly plan though, roaming around the streets at night you’re sure to stumble upon some of the best local entertainment.
HOW TO WEAR IT
Given Lisbon’s Mediterranean climate where even winter temperatures average around 59 °F, you’ll most likely want to spray Bois du Portugal below the ears and on the wrists. Fresh notes of bergamot and lavender will dry down to rich cedar and sandalwood. Linens and loose knits are always nice in the summer months, with shoes comfortable enough to walk around the steep streets.