At a glance
|Where:||Porto & Northern Portugal|
|Where:||Lisbon Estoril & Cascais|
|Great for:||History and architecture explorers, foodies and culture lovers|
Portugal is a diverse and verdant country of deep valleys, rolling hills dotted with stone-built villages.
Gorgeous scenery, medieval castles, captivating cities and golden beaches are just the beginning. First-time visitors are usually struck by the diversity of the country from the friendliness of the people, to the extraordinary food and wine.
The beaches of Portugal are among some of the most incredible in the world and are among the country’s greatest highlights. Beaches and high mountains aside, the rest of The Portuguese have embraced contemporary life without ever quite getting rid of the more appealing aspects of previous centuries.
Outside the cities, Portugal’s beauty unfolds in all its startling variety. Gaze out over dramatic end-of-the-world cliffs, surf stellar breaks off dune-covered beaches or laze peacefully on sandy islands fronting calm blue seas. You’ll find dolphin watching in the lush Sado Estuary, boating and kayaking along with many other activities across the country.
Portugal’s calendar is packed with popular cultural festivals that bring the Portuguese population together to share and express their country’s rich history and vibrant culture. Drink, dance and feast your way through all-night revelries like Lisbon’s Festa de Santo António or Porto’s Festa de São João.
And if all that wasn’t enough, the country also has good weather credentials, basking in around 300 days of sunshine a year. Either way, if you enjoy being surrounded by large-scale natural beauty, you will love the experience of being in Portugal!
Arrive to Porto, collect your hire car and drive to your hotel. The Yeatman hotel is located in the Vila Nova De Gaia, overlooking the beautiful city of Porto with striking views. From the hotel you can use the small boats to go across the river or walk across the bridge and explore the city of Porto on foot.
Enjoy the Douro Valley and lunch in one of the charming locations with a view or a port tasting one of the vineries. If you prefer not to drive, there is also the scenic train option from Porto stopping in picturesque small villages allowing you to enjoy this amazing wine valley.
Depart your hotel and head to the beautiful University city of Comibra. Stop off at Costa Nova beach region. Discover Aveiro, also known as the Venice of Portugal. It is the perfect place to enjoy lunch in one of the traditional restaurants or small cafes near the Grand Canal.
Enjoy Coimbra old town at your leisure
Continue towards the south to reach the nearby beautiful Villa Pedra Natural Houses for a 3-night stay. Rejuvenate in the heart of nature, go for a bike ride or hike as the area is stunning and provides all ingredients needed for a relaxing time.
Continue to Alentejo, the gastronomy centre of Portugal. Stay 2 nights at the beautiful Torre De Palma Wine Hotel. Explore the area on bikes, horseback or by car during your stay. The food & wine in Torre De Palma is excellent and must be tried.
Continue towards Evora, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Portugal. Evora is beautiful and great to explore on foot with amazing history and architecture.
Depart from Convento Do Espinheiro and continue south to reach your final stop in Algarve. Last 3 nights stay in the luxury farm house Villa Monte to chill out, relax and end your Portuguese discovery trip in style.
Day 16: Drive to Faro Airport for your flight back to UK