Updated May 7, 2021
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 — but one one at less than 25€ anymore, we’re sorry to say. Entrepreneurs, there’s a demand here, help!
25€ Spa at Iberostar Lisboa
Rua Castilho, 64, 1250-071 Lisboa
+351 21 5859000 www.iberostar.com
You don’t have to stay at this five-star hotel to get access to its ground-floor pool and spa area, which includes a steam room, sauna, and “bithermic shower.” No one under 16 allowed here, so this could be your chance to escape the childrens too! You can also book treatments starting at around 40€, with the spa and pool thrown in for free.
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.
45€+ The ReTreat at Inspira Santa Marta Hotel
Rua de Santa Marta 48, 1150-297 Lisboa
+351 210 440 907 Ext.7 www.ritualspa.pt
Update 2019: Access to the jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room is now only for clients who’ve booked a treatment. The least expensive of these is the 25-minute long “Massagen Localizada” for 45€. For other possibilities, check the full price list here.
55€+ BSpa at Altis Belem
Monday to Friday, 9h-21h; Weekend, 9h-20h
Doca do Bom Sucesso, 1400-038 Lisboa
+351 210 400 220/ 222 www.altishotels.com
This may seem steep, but we have yet to meet anyone we’ve sent to this Eden of cleanliness and calm who didn’t find it one of the best and relaxing sauna complexes they’ve ever visited. Unless you’re a guest, we haven’t found a way to get in here without booking a treatment, but there are several options that will only set you back a wild night on the town. Three Atlas correspondents had some of the most rejuvenating half-hours of their lives here with the spa’s B Alive offering.
Outside of Lisbon
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.