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Red roofs of the multicolour buildings, staggered up the hill, glowing in the sunset as it sinks below the horizon of the grand Douro River, Porto, Portugal.

Portugal Holidays


Medieval castles, long stretches of golden sand and picturesque villages are all highlights of this compact and fascinating country. Ideal for a fly drive, hiking and cycling holidays, an exciting city break or just a well-deserved beach break on the sunny Algarve; Portugal has so much to offer.

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
Family Holiday
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
Fly Drive Holiday
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
Fly Drive Holiday
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.
Discover Portugal
Small Group Guided Journey
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
Self Guided Walking Tour
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
Self Guided Walking Tour
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

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Madeira
Remotely situated in the expansive Atlantic Ocean, Madeira boasts rolling hills and valleys, verdant greenery and rugged beaches. A wonderful year round destination, the island is scattered with beautiful walking trails and unique culture. Funchal, the capital is home to historic buildings, breathtaking views and delicious cuisine. With colourful markets and quirky street art, the city’s streets are just waiting to be explored.
Porto & the Douro Valley
The humble opulence of Porto rises from the banks of the Douro River. The city’s charismatic old town is a charming medley of gothic churches, bustling markets and incredible bars and restaurants. Across the Dom Luis I bridge, charming Port wine caves line the waterside where gourmet steakhouses and delicious brunch cafes are also easily found.
Lisbon
Set on the banks of the glistening Tagus River, Lisbon is home to grand plazas and historic castles. The city’s hills rise up, offering incredible vistas of its cobbled streets, regal palaces and stone churches. Its seaside location means there is an abundance of fresh seafood to try and at night discover vibrant ‘fado’ houses and atmospheric wine bars.
The Algarve
Featuring golden beaches, dramatic cliffs and traditional coastal towns, the Algarve is home to some of Portugal’s most picturesque scenery. For a lively atmosphere and a taste of Portugal’s vibrant culture, visit the historic town of Lagos. Here, traditional tavernas line the cobbled streets, serving freshly caught seafood and local wine from the surrounding vineyards.
Sintra
Home to fairytale castles, regal manor houses and an imposing Moorish castle, it's easy to see how Sintra earned it's place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Just a 40 minute drive from Lisbon city centre, this spectacular town sits on the edge of a beautiful natural park and was historically the summer retreat of the Portuguese Royal family.
Cape Verde
Resting off the coast of West Africa, settled by Portuguese colonists and with a long history at the hub of great trade routes, Cape Verde offers an intriguing mix of cultures to complement its stunning beaches and mountainous beauty.

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
5 star

Lisbon & Sintra

Delivering 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
5 star

Porto & The Douro Valley

This 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.
The Yeatman
5 star

Porto & The Douro Valley

Nestled 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
5 star

Madeira

Perched 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.
Conrad Algarve
5 star

Algarve

Positioned 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
4 star

Porto & The Douro Valley

Boasting 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
Approx 9 hours
  • Guided tour of Lisbon
  • Visit the Coach Museum
  • Enchanting Sintra UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Lisbon Walking Tour
    Approx 3-4 hours
  • Explore Lisbon’s beautiful streets
  • Taste fresh seafood and green wine
  • Ferry to picturesque Cacilhas

  • Douro Valley Wine Tour
    Approx 10 hours
  • Explore the wine region of Douro Valley
  • Enjoy wine tastings

  • Learn to make Pastel de Nata
    Approx 2 hours
  • Learn the secret of how to make Portugal's most delicious pastry
  • Enjoy your creation with a hot drink

  • Madeira Scenic Island Sidecar Tour
    Approx 3 hours
  • Discover dramatic viewpoints and admire magnificent ocean views
  • Cruise around the island in a motorcycle sidecar

  • When is the best time to visit Portugal?

    Portugal Climate Guide
    Portugal - Algarve/Sintra

    JAN

    15
    5h  11cm

    FEB

    16
    5h  11cm

    MAR

    18
    7h  7cm

    APR

    19
    8h  6cm

    MAY

    22
    9h  4cm

    JUN

    25
    10h  2cm

    JUL

    28
    11h  0cm

    AUG

    28
    11h  1cm

    SEP

    27
    9h  3cm

    OCT

    23
    7h  8cm

    NOV

    18
    5h  11cm

    DEC

    15
    5h  11cm

    Top Tips From Our Experts

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Georgia Wiseman

    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.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Pete Waters

    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!

    Expert Travel Consultants
    James Cassidy

    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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