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Portugal

Portugal combines the best of the past and present. From exciting historical narratives to romantic cities and stunning beaches, there is plenty to explore. Read more...

Spend days in the sunshine, stroll along the same route pilgrims have walked for hundreds of years, explore majestic cities, sip the country’s famous wines and feast on traditional seafood dishes during a visit to this enchanting country.

From quaint fishing villages, liked Cascais with its beachside seafood auctions, to beautifully preserved cities ­– Porto’s town centre is protected by a UNESCO heritage listing ­– there’s so much to discover when you’re not relaxing on a golden beach.

For all its beauty – its setting on hills overlooking the Tejo River, the Gothic cathedrals, cobblestone streets and Roman and Moorish ruins – Lisbon’s greatest asset is its way of life. Music, food, street parties and festivals make this a destination for those who love to immerse themselves in a city’s culture.

Lord Byron referred to Sintra as Eden and with its lush forests and awe-inspiring palaces and villas it’s not hard to see why. Within Évora’s fourteenth-century walls you’ll discover winding alleys that lead to Roman ruins.

From the romantic city of Porto explore the region dominated by the Douro River, where you’ll find rural villages and some of the world’s oldest vineyards. It’s as beautiful as it is enchanting.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Taste vinho verde (green wine), which can be made from white or red grapes and is a specialty of northeast Portugal.
  • From Porto, explore the countryside while walking the Portuguese Way, part of the Camino de Santiago.
  • Dine at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in Porto while listening to evocative, melancholic fado music.
  • Visit the magical Pena Palace atop the mountains near Sintra.
  • Sit back and watch the fabulous landscapes as you cruise the Douro River on a journey from Porto to Salamanca in Spain.