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Built across seven hills overlooking the Atlantic, Lisbon is saturated with dramatic Gothic architecture and just a short drive from the rolling green countryside, charismatic manor houses and national parks of Sintra. Explore further to experience Coimbra, home to one of the oldest universities in the world and inland, Evora’s 14th Century city walls hold Roman ruins, Neolithic monuments and a stunning 18th Century cathedral.
The north of Portugal offers a wonderful blend of stunning landscapes and fascinating history. The charismatic city of Porto sits at the mouth of the Douro River, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, while to the east is one of the most scenic drives in Europe, along the winding river into the spectacular Douro Valley.
With more than 800km of coastline Portugal is home to some of the best beaches in Europe. The Algarve's stunning sands and wealth of other attractions makes it a family favourite along Portugal’s sunny south coast. Isolated Madeira, in the Atlantic Ocean is unique in every sense; heavily influenced by not so nearby Lisbon, its enchanting history and warm year round temperatures mean it’s always a great time to visit.
OUR TOURING HOLIDAYS TO PORTUGAL
Lisbon & the Sunny Algarve
8 days / 7 nights
Crooked alleys, multi-coloured palaces and beautiful beaches make this twin centre holiday a family favourite. Explore the sights of colourful Lisbon before hitting the beach for a few days building castles on the golden sand.
Wine & Dine Northern Portugal
6 days / 5 nights
A city full of charm, Porto is a wonderful mix of grand, historic buildings and brightly coloured houses scattered along the riverside. A visit to one of the iconic port caves will introduce you to the legacy of the region before heading to the vineyards for some relaxation.
Exploring the heart of Historic Portugal
7 days / 6 nights
Historic monuments and gastronomic delights, Portugal offers a melting pot of architecture and culture. Wander the cobbled streets of these fascinating cities and marvel at their varied history and beautiful architectural relics.
9 days / 8 nights
Uncover the sights and scenery of the heart of Portugal. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Douro Valley, the buzz of cosmopolitan Lisbon and the history of medieval Porto.
Walk the Algarve's Wild West
7 days / 6 nights
The Sagres peninsula is a region of dramatic coastlines, golden beaches and tree lined paths, making it the perfect place to explore on foot. This easy to follow self guided walking tour showcases a lesser known side of the Algarve.
Marvels of Madeira Walk
8 days / 7 nights
Madeira is perfect for year round walking. The collection of coastal paths and levada walking routes dot the verdant landscape, while the sea breeze makes for a wonderful climate.
PORTUGAL HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
Porto & the Douro Valley
Whilst many are content to just flop on the perfect beaches in search of some winter sun, the variety of the ten volcanic islands that make up the archipelago rewards the intrepid island hopper.
HOW TO GET AROUND PORTUGAL
If you want to enjoy the unique charms of both Lisbon and Porto on one holiday, a convenient and cost effective way to travel direct from city centre to city centre is by rail. Stay as long as you wish in each city and add Unmissable Experiences to make your stay come alive: enjoy a culinary tour in Porto, a walking tour of Lisbon, or visit picturesque Sintra.
River cruises bring the elegance, amenities and superb service of a quality hotel to the water, providing an intimate holiday experience for around 150 like-minded travellers. Cruises on Portugal’s Douro River are the rising star of European river cruising and a cruise on the ‘River of Gold’ is increasingly popular. Enjoy views of vineyards and historic villages, churches and farmhouses.
if you'd really like to get off the beaten track how about a self guided walking holiday along the Algarve’s less-visited, wild west coast? In addition, we offer self guided and small group walking holidays on Madeira. Our dedicated Active Holidays team are all outdoor enthusiasts and are on hand seven days a week to offer expert advice.
OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN PORTUGAL
We feature a wonderful range of hotels and resorts in Portugal, with something to suit all budgets.
Maybe you’re looking for a family friendly villa in the Algarve or a historic hotel in the heart of Lisbon? Or perhaps it’s a luxury vineyard stay in the Douro Valley, or a waterfront hotel with real character in Porto? We can help you with hotels, villas, guesthouses and beach resorts all over Portugal.
What you won’t find here are thousands upon thousands of hotels where you have to wade through endless reviews of questionable origin to find the best one. We have done the hard work for you and selected the best places to stay so you don’t have to and our travel consultants are on hand to help, often with first-hand experience.
Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa
Lisbon & SintraDelivering exceptional hospitality since 1933, this grand property on Lisbon’s main thoroughfare has been wonderfully renovated to create an elegant, stylish ambience. The tranquil pool, surrounded by tropical plants, is shared with the neighbouring AVANI and feels like an oasis in the heart of the city. Enjoy cocktails at the glamorous rooftop bar and restaurant, the ideal spot to watch the sunset over Lisbon’s skyline.
Six Senses Douro Valley
Porto & The Douro ValleyThis superbly renovated 19th Century manor house is nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Douro Valley with views of the stunning vinelands and the river below. Reflecting its incredible surroundings, the hotel exquisitely combines natural features with luxurious facilities. Take a swim in the tranquil riverside pool and be pampered in the decadent spa.
Porto & The Douro ValleyNestled into the Gaia hillside, with pretty manicured lawns offering views of the Douro River and the Ribeira waterfront beyond; this spectacular spa hotel is a luxurious base for a visit to historic Porto. Enjoy fantastic wine-themed spa treatments, relax at the indoor and outdoor infinity pools and dine in the decadent two Michelin star restaurant. After a day sightseeing settle into the cosy bar to sip exquisite local wines and ports.
Belmond Reid's Palace
MadeiraPerched on the clifftop with magnificent ocean views, the Belmond Reid’s Palace is reminiscent of a bygone era of elegance and luxury. Set within 10 acres of lush, subtropical gardens, the hotel exudes traditional British style, epitomised by the afternoon tea served on the beautiful terrace. Relax beside one of the lovely garden pools, or opt for an exhilarating dip in the tidal pool on the hotel’s sea platform. A visit to the tranquil spa offers revitalising treatments, while families will enjoy the fun-filled activities at the fantastic kids’ club. Dining is a delight at the exquisite Michelin star William Restaurant, serving an innovative combination of Madeiran and mainland Portuguese flavours; while the romantic Ristorante Villa Cipriani serves traditional Italian cuisine complemented by stunning Atlantic Ocean views. The rooms are elegantly decorated with private balconies boasting views of the botanical gardens or glistening ocean.
AlgarvePositioned in the exclusive Quinta do Lago estate, the Conrad Algarve offers contemporary sophistication and a wealth of facilities to keep guests entertained. Within easy access of acclaimed golf courses and golden sandy beaches, enjoy stunning views from the impressive infinity pool or unwind in the lavish health club and spa.
Pestana Vintage Porto
Porto & The Douro ValleyBoasting a prime location in the heart of the historic Ribeira waterfront, this stunning property has a characterful, traditional façade with a charming boutique interior. The stylish restaurant is known for exceptional steak and a fantastic wine selection, also offering a lovely riverfront terrace. The plush bar serves an innovative range of contemporary cocktails.
THINGS TO DO IN PORTUGAL
Lisbon & Sintra Experience
Lisbon Walking Tour
Douro Valley Wine Tour
Learn to make Pastel de Nata
Madeira Scenic Island Sidecar Tour
When is the best time to visit Portugal?
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Top Tips From Our Experts
Loulé is a beautiful town in the hills of The Algarve that offers great views, amazing shopping and some fantastic eateries. There is also a local market twice a week for some great local souvenirs.
If you're a seafood fan, you must try a Cataplana dish. A traditional cooking pot originating from the Algarve, the pot is usually overflowing with delicious fresh seafood and is about as local as it gets!
Head west of Lisbon to Belem, where you can try the original delicious Pastel de nata (Portugese egg tart) at Pasteis de Belem.
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