Luxury Portugal Tours & Travel
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A visit to Portugal has a lot to offer for nearly every type of traveler whether you’re looking for a vacation at the beach soaking up the sun while dining on fresh-caught seafood from the clear blue Mediterranean Sea, to spend your days wine tasting in the Douro Valley or to immerse yourself in history and culture. Flanked by the Douro River, Porto is the medieval capital of the north offering a ton for history enthusiasts while the old and new collide in Lisbon with its mix of meeting squares, design and cultural traditions.
Sightseeing cruises along the Douro are also a highlight. Outside of the cities, Portugal’s timeless beauty is nearly endless with some 500 miles of coastline and outstanding surf breaks, dramatic cliffs and lush valleys. Dolphin watching can be enjoyed in Sado Estuary while kayaking and boating are popular along the winding Rio Guadiana.
Many come to hike the scenic trails that wind through Peneda-Geres National Park, while picturesque bike rides can be enjoyed throughout the country. You can even discover craggy hilltop castles and grand palaces like storybook Pena Palace, Portugal’s most well-preserved medieval palace, a colorful fantastical wonderland surrounded by a park with forested grounds and the highest peaks of the Serre de Sintra.
It’s worth a trip to Portugal for the wine and food alone, from its signature Port to fresh baked bread, cheeses, olives, seafood stew and smoked meats, enjoyed everywhere from family-run eateries to world-class restaurants which often prepare traditional dishes with creative twists.
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Trips to Portugal
Porto, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Douro9 NightsFrom $3,140 PPThe ideal tour for foodies and wine enthusiasts explores Europe’s most spectacular wine region, go...
Lisbon, Evora, Porto, Douro Valley9 NightsFrom $3,249 PPTaste your way through some of Portugal’s top foodie destinations and Europe’s most beautiful wi...
Lisbon, Porto, Madrid, Barcelona11 NightsFrom $4,768 PPCan’t decide between Spain or Portugal? Discover the highlights of both in top cities, exploring c...
Where to visit in Portugal
Our travel experts have collated their top recommendations of where to visit in Portugal.
Portugal’s capital and largest city stretches along the banks of the Tagus River near the Atlantic, perched across seven hills. Elegant St. George’s Castle stands out on the skyline, while charming alleyways wind between colorful historic buildings. Lisbon is renowned for its gorgeous Cascais beaches, nearly always sunny weather and it’s relative affordability as compared to other European capitals. Shopping enthusiasts can search for all sorts of cheaply priced treasures at the historic Feira da Ladra flea market, and there are plenty of tasty cheap eats to enjoy with the local wine.
Porto is world famous for its fine port wine, a city spread across hills that overlook the Douro River. At its heart is the atmospheric pedestrian zone called Ribeira that follows the river, lined with street vendors, cafes, and restaurants. The historic center was made for wandering with meandering cobblestone streets, while public buildings and churches are true works of art like the Church of Sao Francisco with a niche that contains the figure of the saint on its main façade and a magnificent Gothic-style rose window. Another must-visit is the 12th-century fortress-cathedral, one of the most important local Romanesque monuments.
Maderia is an island in the North Atlantic that belongs to Portugal, located about 250 miles north of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Known as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic,” it’s a lush oasis with green landscapes and colorful gardens while enjoying a mild climate. It produces some fabulous wines and in its capital and largest city, Funchal, you’ll find historic fortresses, churches, mouthwatering restaurants and the lovely tree-lined Lido Promenade. Ideal for outdoor adventurers, kayaking is popular here with the opportunity to paddle to sea caves and enchanting secluded bays that can only be reached by watercraft.
Evora is a small town that packs a punch, with a history that dates back more than 2,000 years, much of which can be seen in its well-preserved Old Town. Here you’ll find over 4,000 centuries-old structures, including Roman temples and walls, and one of the country’s most important Gothic buildings, the 13th-century Cathedral of Evora. One of the most well-known monuments in this ancient city is the Chapel of Bones, Capela dos Ossos, named for its walls that are covered with human bones and skulls, serving as the final resting place for hundreds of bodies exhumed from the city graves.
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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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