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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
Wine & Dine Northern Portugal
Exploring the heart of Historic Portugal
Walk the Algarve's Wild West
PORTUGAL HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
Porto & the Douro Valley
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
Six Senses Douro Valley
Belmond Reid's Palace
Pestana Vintage Porto
THINGS TO DO IN PORTUGAL
Lisbon & Sintra Experience
Experience Porto's Bites and Sights
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?
Portugal - Algarve/Sintra
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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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