Destinations | Europe | Portugal
Where mountains meet the sea, and the vineyards overflow with excellent vintages
Tours in Portugal
Blessed with sun-kissed beaches, vibrant fishing villages and scenic routes through pine forests and dunes, Portugal trips are fantastic for walkers and cyclists. The westernmost country of mainland Europe, there are approximately 943km of coastline here, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. While people have been flocking to the Algarve for decades, swathes of the rest of the country remain unexplored, although Lisbon has nudged its way onto travel editors’ ‘must visit’ lists over recent years.
Portugal holidays offer huge diversity, with the landscape of each region creating a distinct identity: dive into the wild southwest corner – where world-class surf breaks await and meandering rivers beg to be explored by kayak – or take it easy in the lush, green setting of the north. Then there’s the Douro Valley, where the vast forest, almond groves and terraced vineyards are UNESCO protected. Here there’s evidence of wine production dating back more than 2000 years, and ample opportunity to stop and sample as you go. And let’s not forget Madeira, and the Azores too…