Many seasoned travelers to the north have made this charming hotel their top choice. In a 19th-century building on a wooded hill 3 km (2 mi) outside Braga, it's named after the water-operated funicular that hoists the foot-weary up to the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary. The high-ceilinged guest rooms are decorated in warm colors and have period furniture; most have panoramic views. The restaurant, Panorâmico do Elevador, scores highly for its food and has similar gorgeous
views. There's no parking garage, but on-street parking is free. And guests have free access to the indoor pool, gym, and spa of the upscale Hotel do Templo a few steps away.