Portugal, a country whose attractions stretch far beyond the stunning coastline and prestigious golf resorts of the Algarve. This is a land of culturally rich cities, beautifully rustic vineyards, colourful castles and medieval towns that haven’t changed for centuries.
You could start by immersing yourself in the wonderful and intimate city of Lisbon with its traditional tiled buildings, melancholy Fado music, fabulous seafood restaurants and vivacious café culture. The cobbled, maze-like lanes of the old Alfama neighbourhood are a joy to explore, and you can even hop on the historic no. 28 tram to discover the 11th century São Jorge Castle. For the best hilltop vistas, the Miradouro da Graça terrace commands a fine panorama across Lisbon’s rooftops and River Tagus beyond.
We can also introduce you to the UNESCO-listed centre and port wine cellars of Porto, Portugal’s handsome coastal city on the banks of the Douro, and the charms of the surrounding countryside with its sprawling vineyards and olive groves. You’ll also want to make time for the whimsical, pastel-coloured palaces of Sintra, the Roman ruins of Braga and the well-preserved medieval architecture of Guimaraes.
And no visit would be complete without hopping over to Madeira to enjoy its sub-tropical gardens, pebbly beaches and spectacular walks along the levadas. With afternoon tea on the terrace at Belmond Reid’s Palace proving to be a fine way of relaxing and gathering yourself for the evening ahead.
If you’ve been inspired to start planning your own luxury, tailor-made Portugal holiday, get in touch with one of our expert consultants today.