With its elegant, understated façade and dramatic interiors, the Olissippo Lapa Palace reflects the spirit of the country it inhabits. It was built in 1870 by a viscount for his son and then owned by the Count of Valenca who decided to turn it into a palace. The décor also offers a taste of national identity, displaying works by local ceramist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro and walls and ceilings done by portrait painter Columbano. While all of the rooms are beautiful, those in the Palace Wing are the best. Its Noble Floor features original furnishings, and its Tower Room is incredible, with an elevated walkway to a tower terrace that feels as if it's been set adrift above the city.