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Portugal tours focus on the country's traditions, culinary heritage and dramatic scenery, with visits to stunningly-preserved medieval walled cities, ancient castles, steep terraced vineyards and the sun-kissed coastline. Visit the cosmopolitan capital of Lisbon, the picturesque Port-wine producing Douro Valley and the beautiful beaches of the Algarve. Just off the coast of Africa is the fascinating archipelago of the Azores, and the colourful island of Madeira.

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Madeira, the Pearl of the Atlantic

8 Days - Funchal to Câmara de Lobos from £839pp
  • 8 Days - Funchal to Câmara de Lobos
  • Fly Tour from £839pp

Madeira may be tiny, but this subtropical paradise offers world-renowned gardens, spectacular coastlines and jagged peaks, while picturesque Funchal boasts an architectural charm and rich maritime heritage to match the island’s natural splendour. Rising from the ocean floor 600 miles southwest of Lisbon, Madeira is a subtropical paradise that captures the hearts of all who visit.

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Madeira - Pearl of the Atlantic

6 Nights - Funchal and Back from £999pp
  • 6 Nights - Funchal and Back
  • Fly Tour from £999pp

If you like your holidays to feature strolls in gloriously colourful gardens, mood-lifting sunshine, panoramic mountain views, wonderful countryside walks and local wine and crafts, then Madeira really is a find. And this excellent-value tour lets you find it at your own pace.

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Wonders of Portugal

8 Nights - Lisbon and Back from £1282pp
  • 8 Nights - Lisbon and Back
  • Tour Only from £1282pp

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Wander through the medieval cities of Óbidos, Évora and Guimarães, and visit the religious landmarks of Fátima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious pasteis de nata or two along the way.

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Madeira Flower Festival

7 Nights - Madeira and Back from £1299pp
  • 7 Nights - Madeira and Back
  • Fly Tour from £1299pp

Every spring, when Madeira’s magnificent flora is at its most resplendent, the island’s capital comes alive with the colours and scents of its beautiful flowers. Streets and shop windows are filled with decorations and people gather to enjoy the carnival of traditional music groups that accompany vivid parades in celebration of peace and hope.

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Christmas in Northern Portugal

5 Nights - Porto and Back from £1299pp
  • 5 Nights - Porto and Back
  • Fly Tour from £1299pp

As Christmas approaches, Portugal hangs millions of Christmas lights and builds thousands of nativity scenes - they’re everywhere! Keep your eyes peeled for nativity scenes perched on the roadside as you travel between the beautiful towns of northern Portugal.

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Royal Cascais with Lisbon

7 Nights - Lisbon and Back from £1379pp
  • 7 Nights - Lisbon and Back
  • Fly Tour from £1379pp

Cascais is set on Portugal’s rugged western coastline, only 20 miles from Lisbon - a location which has helped make it a favourite of the upper classes since the 19th century. After a day exploring Lisbon’s sights, this tour takes you right there.

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Grand Designs of Portugal

9 Nights - Lisbon and Back from £1399pp
  • 9 Nights - Lisbon and Back
  • Fly Tour from £1399pp

Beyond Portugal’s exciting capital city lies a land of beautiful ancient towns, varied culture, wild landscapes and elegant pousadas (hotels). On this excellent-value tour, you’ll get to stand before the dazzling 110m marble façade of the Duke’s Palace, Vila Viçosa.

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SOLO Grand Designs of Portugal

9 Nights - Lisbon to Porto from £1499pp
  • 9 Nights - Lisbon to Porto
  • Fly Tour from £1499pp

Beyond Portugal’s exciting capital city lies a land of beautiful ancient towns, varied culture, wild landscapes and elegant pousadas (hotels). On this excellent-value tour, you’ll get to stand before the dazzling 110m marble façade of the Duke’s Palace, Vila Viçosa.

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A Southern Portuguese Escape

9 Nights - Lisbon to Faro from £1549pp
  • 9 Nights - Lisbon to Faro
  • Fly Tour from £1549pp

Beyond those glorious beaches, many of Portugal’s most enticing experiences remain undiscovered by tourists. We take full advantage of this anonymity and, after exploring fascinating Lisbon, invite you to discover them with us.

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Historic Portugal and Spain

10 Nights - Lisbon to Madrid from £1599pp
  • 10 Nights - Lisbon to Madrid
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They might be neighbours, but Spain and Portugal are culturally and geographically distinct. We’ve designed this tour to help you discover their diverse natural landscapes.

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Five-Star Douro Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

7 Nights - Porto and Back from £1645pp
  • 7 Nights - Porto and Back
  • Fly Cruise from £1645pp

The magnificent Douro is Iberia's most famous waterway, winding through golden valleys alongside enchanting towns and past regal wine estates. This cruise reveals the innate and timeless beauty of this fantastic river, stopping at hand picked ports of call along the way.

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Best of Portugal

10 Nights - Lisbon and Back from £1742pp
  • 10 Nights - Lisbon and Back
  • Tour Only from £1742pp

Wander through medieval cities and visit the religious landmarks of Fátima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious Pastéis de Belém or two along the way.

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The Enchanting River Douro

7 Nights - Porto and Back from £1799pp
  • 7 Nights - Porto and Back
  • Fly Cruise from £1799pp

The tranquil Douro River meanders through the north of Portugal, flanked by miles of vineyards which rise in steep terraces from the shoreline. It is easy to see why the spectacular Douro River Valley has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and this cruise allows you to experience this enchanting river with an itinerary that encompasses a mixture of sightseeing, local traditions and relaxation.

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Great Iberian Cities

8 Nights - Barcelona to Lisbon from £1850pp
  • 8 Nights - Barcelona to Lisbon
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Dance your way through the fiery streets of Spain to the hilly landscapes of Portugal's capital. Enjoy the tastes of sangria in sun-dappled courtyards and Gaudí's fantasy world.

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Amazing Spain and Portugal

8 Nights - Madrid and Back from £1895pp
  • 8 Nights - Madrid and Back
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Delve beneath the surface of these two amazing countries. Sample their signature dishes, share in their culture and marvel the legacy of their rich sea-faring history.

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Highlights of Spain and Portugal

12 Nights - Madrid and Back from £2195pp
  • 12 Nights - Madrid and Back
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See the hanging houses in Cuenca, devour delicious paella in Valencia and admire the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix, before heading to Portugal's Algarve and Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles.

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Grand Tour of Portugal

9 Nights - Lisbon to Porto from £2265pp
  • 9 Nights - Lisbon to Porto
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Discover the old-fashioned charm of Portugal on this 10-day tour from Lisbon to Porto. Along the way explore stylish seaside resorts; historic regional cities including Coimbra, Cascais and Obidos; and the picturesque terraced hillsides of the Douro valley, where Port, the world-renowned fortified wine, is produced.

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Discover Portugal

8 Nights -  to Portugal from £2267pp
  • 8 Nights - to Portugal
  • Tour Only from £2267pp

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From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto's medieval cobblestone streets, and from the remote Douro Valley to Roman ruins and world-famous pilgrimage sites, this tour will give us a taste of the real Portugal, which still basks in the glow of ancient customs.

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Spain Morocco and Portugal

15 Nights - Madrid and Back from £2290pp
  • 15 Nights - Madrid and Back
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Wander down Madrid's Gran Vía, visit the Alhambra Palace and learn to haggle in a Moroccan medina . Travel to Lisbon and cross into Spain to admire the beauty of Salamanca.

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Lisbon & Five-Star Douro Cruise

7 Nights - Lisbon to Porto from £2395pp
  • 7 Nights - Lisbon to Porto
  • Fly Cruise from £2395pp

Travel to shimmering Lisbon and resplendent Sintra on a Portuguese voyage of discovery before continuing on a fantastic 7-night cruise along the golden Douro.

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Country Roads of Portugal

9 Nights - Lisbon to Porto from £2403pp
  • 9 Nights - Lisbon to Porto
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Portugal's great New World discoveries brought the country trade and wealth, and left their mark throughout the Kingdom. Witness this legacy, from the sunny beaches of the Algarve to the vineyards of the Douro Valley.

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Porto & the Douro Valley

6 Nights - Porto and Back from £2595pp
  • 6 Nights - Porto and Back
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Journey with a group of like-minded solo travellers from the coastal city of Porto inland to the major religious, historical and intellectual centres of Braga, Guimarães and Coimbra. Along the way, take a river cruise through the terraced vineyards of the picturesque Douro valley and sample the produce of this celebrated wine and Port producing region.

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Iberian Inspiration 2020

10 Nights - Madrid to Lisbon from £2629pp
  • 10 Nights - Madrid to Lisbon
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East meets West and past meets present: Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and Jewish synagogues. Join us as we take to the scenic back roads on this journey into the heart of ancient Iberia.

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A Week In... Portugal

7 Nights - Porto, Portugal to Lisbon, Portugal from £2878pp
  • 7 Nights - Porto, Portugal to Lisbon, Portugal
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Portugal may be small but it's big on vibrant culture, history, and natural beauty that invite intimate exploration. Discover the seafaring charms of the coast, the lush river valley vineyards, the hilltop castles and villages in its alpine interior and monuments to man-made achievements during stays in gracious palace hotels and pousadas.

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Portugal & the Douro

13 Nights - Biarritz to Bilbao from £2995pp
  • 13 Nights - Biarritz to Bilbao
  • Rail Tour from £2995pp

Flowing from northern Spain to the ocean in Porto, the Douro River carves our route through a rolling landscape of vineyards towards historic Porto. Exploring not only the ever-changing scenery, but also the gastronomic delights along the way, we continue to vibrant Lisbon, with its Moorish influences and charming streets.

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A Royal Voyage on the Douro

7 Nights - Porto and Back from £3049pp
  • 7 Nights - Porto and Back
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Feel like royalty as you sail along the beautiful Douro Valley aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, the ship that carried Her Majesty the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee. Sail between coastal Porto and the Spanish border, with visits to picturesque towns, monasteries and palaces.

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Portugal & the Douro

14 Nights - Hendaye to Biarritz from £3095pp
  • 14 Nights - Hendaye to Biarritz
  • Rail Tour from £3095pp

Flowing from northern Spain to the ocean in Porto, the Douro River carves our route through a rolling landscape of vineyards towards historic Porto. Exploring not only the ever-changing scenery, but also the gastronomic delights along the way, we continue to vibrant Lisbon, with its Moorish influences and charming streets.

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Best of Spain and Portugal

14 Nights - Madrid to Barcelona from £3175pp
  • 14 Nights - Madrid to Barcelona
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Follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms as evidenced in their grand castles, stupendous religious buildings and incredible works of art.

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Celebration of the Douro

9 Nights - Lisbon to Porto from £3299pp
  • 9 Nights - Lisbon to Porto
  • Fly Tour from £3299pp

Feel like royalty as you sail along the beautiful Douro Valley aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, the ship that carried Her Majesty the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee. Sail between coastal Porto and the Spanish border, with visits to picturesque towns, monasteries and palaces.

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Douro Cruise on the Spirit of Chartwell

10 Nights - Lisbon to Porto from £3395pp
  • 10 Nights - Lisbon to Porto
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Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a ship used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the exclusively chartered Spirit of Chartwell.

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Treasures of Spain Portugal and Morocco

16 Nights - Madrid and Back from £3425pp
  • 16 Nights - Madrid and Back
  • Tour Only from £3425pp

A kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets.

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Lisbon and River Douro

10 Nights - Lisbon to Porto from £3429pp
  • 10 Nights - Lisbon to Porto
  • Fly Cruise from £3429pp

The pretty, hilly streets of Portugal’s capital are a fantastic introduction to this wonderful country. Afterwards, we head to the elegant university town of Coimbra and Porto, a charming riverside city.

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Douro Delights

8 Nights - Porto to Madrid from £3745pp
  • 8 Nights - Porto to Madrid
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Includes return flights from the UK. Enjoy the Portuguese culinary delights and regional wines while you take a seven night luxury river cruise from Porto to Barca d'Alva along the historical Douro River and enjoy a one night stay in Madrid.

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Spain and Portugal in Style

12 Nights - Barcelona to Madrid from £4395pp
  • 12 Nights - Barcelona to Madrid
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Experience the passion, creativity and romance of Spain and Portugal, as you witness fiery flamenco performances, marvel at Gaudi’s dreamy architecture and appreciate enchanting citrus-scented squares.

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Spain and Portugal

13 Nights - Lisbon, Portugal to Madrid, Spain from £4432pp
  • 13 Nights - Lisbon, Portugal to Madrid, Spain
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Highlights of Tauck's enriching Spain and Portugal tours include Lisbon and Sintra in Portugal, and Seville, Gibraltar, Ronda, Toledo and Madrid in Spain; dine at a sherry bodega and a traditional Andalucían inn, and visit a renowned school of equestrian art.

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Treasures of Spain and Portugal - Eastbound

12 Nights - Lisbon, Portugal to Barcelona, Spain from £5912pp
  • 12 Nights - Lisbon, Portugal to Barcelona, Spain
  • Tour Only from £5912pp

Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

Set sail for a 13-day Spain and Portugal cruise aboard your Windstar yacht as you chart a course for a treasure trove of discoveries along the trade routes of the first Portuguese and Spanish explorers. Two-night stays in Lisbon and Barcelona bookend this Iberian adventure, which visits Palma de Mallorca, Granada, Seville, Gibraltar, Málaga and more.

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Douro Delights with Lisbon and Madrid

13 Nights - Lisbon to Madrid from £6245pp
  • 13 Nights - Lisbon to Madrid
  • Fly Tour from £6245pp

Includes return flights from the UK. Connect the capitals of Portugal and Spain with a seven night luxury river cruise from Porto to Barca d'Alva along the historical Douro River.

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Madeira, the Pearl of the Atlantic

8 Days from £849pp
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Lisbon, Porto and Douro Valley

8 Days - Lisbon to Cascais from £999pp
  • 8 Days - Lisbon to Cascais
  • Fly Tour from £999pp

You’ll discover the real Portugal on this tour – a rich and varied country with a proud history that’s admirably reflected in the many fascinating places we visit. Inland Portugal, long overlooked on European itineraries, has only recently been brought to the discerning traveller’s attention.

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The Azores

8 Days - São Miguel and Back from £1099pp
  • 8 Days - São Miguel and Back
  • Fly Tour from £1099pp

Some 900 miles west of the coast of mainland Portugal are the Azores, an extraordinarily beautiful group of islands. The archipelago is often labelled ‘the Hawaii of Europe’ but these islands, which boast many of their own treasures, are still off the tourist trail and truly unspoilt.

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Douro Discovery

7 Nights - Porto and Back from £1995pp
  • 7 Nights - Porto and Back
  • Fly Tour from £1995pp

Includes return flights from the UK. Wind your way through the Douro Valley’s heavenly scenery journey aboard the ms Douro Queen. Stop to visit villages where time has stopped, family-owned quintas and sun-drenched cities.

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Lisbon with Douro Discovery

10 Nights - Lisbon to Porto from £2650pp
  • 10 Nights - Lisbon to Porto
  • Fly Tour from £2650pp

Includes return flights from the UK. After 3 nights in Lisbon, cruise down the Douro River’s tranquil waterways. Kick back as lush hills and plunging valleys dripping with grapevines appear from every side, and stop to discover Portugal’s quaint cultural enclaves.

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Treasures of Spain and Portugal

13 Nights - Madrid to Barcelona from £2650pp
  • 13 Nights - Madrid to Barcelona
  • Tour Only from £2650pp

Live your passions in the intense fiery capitals of Madrid and Lisbon, the sites of religious pilgrimages and cultural icons, spanning the length and breadth of the Iberian Peninsula.

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Grand Spain and Portugal

17 Nights - Madrid and Back from £3925pp
  • 17 Nights - Madrid and Back
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Enjoy an in-depth portrait of the local people, their cultural heritage and their multifaceted countries; this trip includes adventuring in Santander, San Sebastián and Barcelona.

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Sailing the Iberian Peninsula

9 Nights - Malaga to Bilbao from £6895pp
  • 9 Nights - Malaga to Bilbao
  • Fly Tour from £6895pp

There's a real luxury in authenticity, and Sea Cloud II is the embodiment of this idea. Spend breezy days sailing between Spain and Portugal, and soak up the best of the culture, history and gourmet delights over 10 days.

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Discover Portugal

Portugal is an ancient kingdom once defended by hilltop castles and dramatic fortified towns. The legacy of its former seafaring wealth and power can be seen in the magnificent architecture of its historic cities, whilst its ancient history can be uncovered in its mysterious megaliths and stone carvings.

There is a huge range of cultural diversity, from the cosmopolitan sophistication of Lisbon to rural villages where life seems unchanged for centuries. Fado is traditional folk music most popular in Lisbon and Coimbra, with expressive and melancholic lyrics, whilst contemporary Portuguese tastes are influenced by the sounds and styles of South America and Africa.

Portugal's scenery ranges from rolling vineyards to dramatic coastal scenery with pristine beaches. The River Douro winds through gorges terraced with vineyards to the ocean and the fascinating city of Porto, passing ornate palaces, places of pilgrimage and famous wine estates.

The granite peaks of the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês are perfect for hiking, whilst the calm waters of the Algarve offer a laidback beach experience. Madeira, the floating garden in the Atlantic, is famous for its delightful botanical gardens, classic Portuguese white-washed houses, fine wine and fabulous scenery.

Portugal’s cuisine is as diverse as its landscape, with hearty dishes made from fresh ingredients influenced by spices obtained through trade routes centuries ago. The freshest seafood can be enjoyed along the coast, from traditional bacalao and caldeirada stew to Azores caviar, a unique delicacy in Portugal. Iconic comfort-food dishes include caldo verde soup cooked in a traditional clay pot, a substantial Portuguese stew and pastel de nata, the quintessential Portuguese custard tart. Of course, Portugal is world-famous for its Port and Madeira fortified wines but the sparkling espumante is also a lovely fresh alternative.


Highlights of Portugal

  • Albufeira

    The old town of Albufeira, in the central Algarve, is very charming with winding cobbled streets to explore. In the old fishing quarter brightly-painted boats rest on the sand, and this is the ideal place to try out fresh fish and seafood in a local restaurant. There are two main beaches; Fisherman's Beach and Tunnel Beach, which is accessed via a tunnel through the cliffs. According to local legend Xorino Cave is where the Moors took refuge during the Christian reconquest of the town in the 13th century.

  • Cascais

    Cascais is a lively town with a trio of golden beaches to enjoy. A fish auction takes place every afternoon by the main beach. The history of the town can be explored in the Museum of the Sea, the Castro Guimaraes Museum and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assuncao. A short walk leads to the impressive Mouth of Hell rock formation, where immense waves crash into huge caves.

  • Coimbra

    Formerly the capital of Portugal, Coimbra is considered to be the main seat of learning in the country due to its university, the oldest in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. The university is home to the Joanina Library, considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the city, and the stunning Botanic Gardens as well as the evocative medieval prison.

  • Evora

    Evora is a beautifully preserved medieval city. Within the 14th-century walls are enchanting cobbled streets leading to an ornate cathedral, colonnaded Roman Temple, macabre bone chapel and 16th-century aqueduct. Just outside the city are the ancient standing stones of Cromlech Almendres, a mysterious site dating back over 7,000 years and one of the oldest stone circles in Europe.

  • Madeira

    The beautiful Atlantic island of Madeira is closer to the African mainland than Europe and is known as the ‘floating garden in the Atlantic' due to its delightful gardens and parks. The picture-postcard landscape is swathed in colourful bougainvillea, frangipani and orchids, whilst its mountains, rocky coves and beaches are perfect for hiking. Funchal is the capital of the island, where a cable car runs above the city to Monte, the start of the famous wicker toboggan ride.

  • Lisbon

    Many of Lisbon’s historic monuments are UNESCO-listed, including the Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery, one of the most magnificent buildings in Europe. The delightful maze of narrow winding streets in the Moorish Alfama district leads up to the ancient castle and the National Pantheon. Lisbon’s seven hills are topped with viewpoints providing stupendous views over the city and the River Tagus.

  • Douro Valley

    The River Douro is one of Europe’s most untouched and beautiful rivers. Pinhão is the centre of the Port wine making region, with even the hand-painted tiles in the train station depicting scenes from the wine harvest. Mateus Palace is a perfect example of baroque architecture, with an impressive façade and delightful gardens, and is famous worldwide for being featured on the label of Mateus rosé wine. Porto is Portugal's second-largest city and overlooks the River Douro. Its historic centre is classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, with an unspoilt old quarter of winding narrow streets, arcaded houses, and superb churches.

  • Sintra

    The fairytale city of Sintra nestles in pine-covered hills and is famous for its spectacular palaces and pastel-coloured villas. The National Palace is a superb mix of Gothic and Moorish architecture and houses a priceless art collection. From the ruined Castelo dos Mouros there are breathtaking views across to the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Just outside Sintra are some of Portugal's finest beaches including Praia da Adraga and unspoilt Ursa beach.

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