Luxury Portugal Tours & Travel
Luxury Portugal Tours & Travel
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From its charming medieval towns, hilltop castles, fantastic food and wine to its dramatic karst coastlines with white sandy beaches, there’s a lot to love about Portugal. A small country in the southwest of Europe that shares the Iberian Peninsula with Spain, what first-time travelers to the country are often most struck by is the affordability of its delicious cuisine, the friendliness of the people, and the ease of getting around.
The abundant sunshine and warmth for enjoying it all don’t hurt either. Its Mediterranean climate is one of the warmest in Europe and winters rarely see temperatures below freezing. While the landscape is highlighted by towering mountains and beautiful stretches of sand, there are also rolling hills and verdant valleys dotted with stone-built villages.
Families here have been eking out their livings from the land for generations, with the south dominated by vast agricultural plains where wild boar roam and the north known for its mountains and steeply terraced vineyards.
While there is plenty of the modern world to be found, there’s also lots of tradition. Small villages may be hooked up with Wi-Fi with residents taking advantage of the latest technology, yet it’s not uncommon to find people working as candlemakers and blacksmiths.
History buffs will find lots to discover too. Europe’s oldest nation-state became the Kingdom of Portugal in 1139. Before that, the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and the Romans all successively occupied the area that’s now known as Lisbon.
From 210 BC, the Romans controlled present-day Portugal and they left many lasting legacies that can be seen in ruins today, as well as in the production of wine and the Portuguese language. The culture revolves around folklore, art, festivals, and sports. Nearly every village and city have its own theatre, museum, or art venue to celebrate the historic folk traditions and the café culture is thriving here as well.
When not watching their favorite sport, football (soccer), the locals often enjoy passing the time at sidewalk cafes. Cultural festivities are big and Carnival is celebrated similar to Mardi Gras, with costumes, music and dancing, and plenty of good food.
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Trips to Portugal
Porto, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Douro9 NightsFrom $2,983 PPThe ideal tour for foodies and wine enthusiasts explores Europe’s most spectacular wine region, go...
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Things to do in Portugal
Eat the Best Seafood in Portugal at Ramiro’s
Portugal is famous for its fresher than fresh seafood, and in the capital city there’s no better place to enjoy it than Ramiro’s. There always a line out the door, and it’s always worth the wait. Some of the top dishes on the menu to try are the scarlet prawns and Bulhao Pato clams, cooked in olive oil with coriander and garlic.
Take the Cable Car Down to Faja dos Padres in Madeira
From the cable car that hovers over Funchal, the natural beauty of the island, the stunning sapphire sea and the city’s buildings that soar alongside gardens will all be relieved. It will transport you to the picturesque town of Monte where you can discover the art-filled Monte Palace tropical gardens, with ceramics, sculptures and painted tiles scattered among the blossoms.
Try a 'pastel de nata' at Manteigaria in Lisbon
Pastel de Nata, a sweet and creamy custard tart, is one of the favorite local desserts first cooked by monks in the early 19th century. While you can find it at practically every café in the capital city, Manteigaria has become renowned for its mouthwatering pastéis with a brown, lightly caramelized top, just the right amount of sugar.
Get lost at Livraria Lello, One of the Most Beautiful Bookstores Ever
One of the world’s oldest bookstores, the Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto is frequently ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world. Some say JK Rowling took inspiration from it for her Harry Potter book series. It’s well worth waiting in line and paying the small entrance fee to browse through the books and capture photos.
Take a Majestic Boat Trip Through the Douro Wine Region
The Douro River has become one of the most popular places for a river cruise, with many different companies offering boat trips that bring spectacular views as you travel through the Douro Valley. Soak up the beauty from Porto, admiring the graceful bridges and world-famous port wine houses before traversing through the countryside with steep terraced vineyards and lush rolling hills.
Wander Around Braga
Braga is a beautiful place to wander through with exquisite baroque churches, including the 17th-century Igreja de Santa Cruz with its intricate stone façade. In the historic center is the sprawling 11th-century cathedral influenced by a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles, and you can discover the Roman ruins of Bracara Augusta, a city founded by Emperor Augustus.
Explore the Town of Amarante
The dreamy town of Amarante in Portugal’s north is a must-visit for its magnificent scenery, historic landmarks and fabulous independent eateries along the riverside. A settlement since the 4th-century BC, the river Tamega runs through and crossing it is a beautiful arched bridge, the Ponte Sao Goncalo that was reputed to have helped local heroes fend off an attack by the French.
Discover the Medieval Town of Sortelha
The tiny village of Sortelha is one of Portugal’s most historic, offering a step back in time to medieval days, dominated by a castle built on a formidable crag. Enter through the village through the Gothic gateway and then climb the tower for spectacular wide-reaching views that reveal the reason why King Sancho established the village in the early 13th-century for strategical defense.
Escape to Sintra
Sintra is famous for its majestic palaces, with Pena Palace in particular one of the “Seven Wonders” of Portugal, constructed at the request of King Ferdinand II in 1838 as a summer residence. Built on the ruins of an old monastery, it looks like something out of a fairytale and combines numerous historical styles, the fashion at the time, from Moorish to Renaissance.
Take a Trip to Visit Cascais
A short drive from Lisbon, Cascais is a fishing town along the dramatic Atlantic coast that’s often compared to the French Riviera. A place where wealthy residents in the capital escape to for long weekends with its wild beauty and gorgeous beaches, yet it still manages to retain its historic charm, captivating visitors with whitewashed walls and pastel hues.
Soak up the Atmosphere on the Streets of Lisbon
One of the most stunning capital cities in Europe, Lisbon is incredibly atmospheric, best experienced by wandering the streets and getting lost among the alleyways. Belem, its most historic district is incredibly picturesque along the banks of the River Tagus. Some of the highlights to discover here include the 18th-century Ajuda Palace and Belem Tower, built in 1514 as a formidable fortress.
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- Families, Food & Wine
- Apr - Oct
- Lisbon, Alentejo, Porto
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