Lisbon does not have a culture of the hammam, the public baths still (again?) popular in Madrid, Paris, and all over Morocco. Yes, Atlas is aware of Lisbon’s wild and crazy bath house scene – but sometimes all you want is to sweat and chill, no?
Be they Moroccan hammams, Russian banyas, or Mexican temazcales, they serve the same purpose — sweat it out, nap, wash, repeat — and you’re like new again.
Saunas seem particularly helpful during the dreary wet season (abril, águas mil!) and we miss the Russian and Turkish Baths in New York City something terrible. So Atlas went on a search.
Turns out, we’re in luck: A few Lisbon hotels offer their saunas and steam rooms, and sometimes their swimming pools, to non-guests, starting at 10€ a day. You’ll have to bring a swimsuit, though;)
10€ SANA Malhoa Hotel
Av. José Malhoa, nº 8,1099-089 Lisboa
+351 210 061 800 www.malhoa.sanahotels.com
For 10€ for the whole day, you can use SANA Malhoa’s fitness machines (if you must), but also their sauna, jacuzzi, and Turkish bath. There is no swimming pool, though.
25€ The ReTreat at Inspira Santa Marta Hotel
Rua de Santa Marta 48, 1150-297 Lisboa
+351 210 440 907 Ext.7 www.ritualspa.pt
“Stay as long as you wish,” the manager says, with 25€ day access to the jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room.
30€ Spa at the Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel
Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 100, 2750-319 Cascais
+351 210 966 010 / 966 001 www.hoteisreal.com
Non-guests can use the “Thalasso Circuit,” which comes with several different ways to sweat and cool off, in this Roman bath-inspired spa in Cascais. Reservations recommended.
30€ to 45€ Sayanna Wellness
Cais das Naus, Lote 2.21.01, Parque das Nações, 1990-173 Lisboa
+351 211 107 690 www.sayannawellness.com
Bring two friends (or more) and pay €30 each, or come alone for 45€ for a full-day pass to the spa’s swimming pool and steam rooms. Book a treatment of 60 minutes or longer and you get access to everything for free.
Portugal does have a great tradition of thermal baths that tap into natural hot springs. They remain popular not just as pampering destinations but also as places to treat specific health ailments. Most of them can be visited on their own, and many are attached to classy hotels where you can hole up for the weekend and sweat, swim, and get massaged to your heart’s content. For a great overview, with maps, prices, and special packages, check out termasdeportugal.pt.