Home to some of Europe’s best beaches, most enticing cities and finest food and wines, Portugal packs in a lot of diversity for a country of its size. Unwind in the Algarve, get cultural in Lisbon, then wine and dine in the Duoro Valley while staying in hotels handpicked for their charm and comfort.
Your holiday begins in the sun-soaked Algarve for a few days basking on its sandy shores. There’s plenty to do if you’re an active type too, from perfecting your golf swing to surfing the waves at Sagres. Feast on freshly caught fish, grilled and drizzled with olive oil, served up by the many small, simple authentic restaurants which border the beaches. Just a 40-minute drive from Faro airport, Vila Vita Parc offers a perfect start to your itinerary. Set within subtropical gardens overlooking the sea, spend your downtime here unwinding in the tranquil spa and indulging in spectacular Michelin star food.
A two-and-a-half-hour drive north brings you to Lisbon, Portugal’s captivating capital city. We recommend a stay in the heart of the action at the stylish Bairro Alto Hotel. Discover the medieval Moorish charm of Alfama, the city’s oldest district, as well as bustling Baixa and chic Chiado. Climb to the peak of the Seven Hills for panoramic views of the cityscape, then reward yourself by trying one of the famous Portuguese custard tarts. By night, head to the restaurants of Bairro Alto to feast on local specialities, accompanied by the haunting strains of Fado, Portugal’s traditional music.
Dazzling Douro Valley
Head further north to the lush landscapes of the Duoro Valley, where you’ll round off your trip in some style with a stay at the Six Senses Douro Valley. Spend a couple of peaceful days exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. Hop aboard a restored 1950’s wooden boat for a picturesque pleasure cruise along the Duoro River, then take a guided tour of some of the area’s most renowned wine estates, known locally as quintas.