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Portugal’s top attractions

23 April 2015 ( 29 June 2017 )

Portugal’s watercolour landscape of idyllic coasts, majestic peaks and fascinating architecture creates the perfect base for adventure and exploration.

Faro Beach, Portugal
Faro Beach, Portugal

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There is plenty of history and culture to uncover in this country – perfect for those looking for a holiday full of discovery in the sun. 

Read on for our top five recommendations to put on your itinerary, whether you want to try water sports in the Algarve, learn a thing or two about wine tasting, or stroll the rugged beaches around Lisbon, like Praia do Guincho and the Troia peninsula.

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Drink port in Portugal

Bottles of Port in Portugal

Oporto is home to port wine and you can learn about its history and the production process on a number of cellar and wine tasting tours. 

Taylor’s Port Cellars is a popular option, with a lovely terrace on which to relax and enjoy a glass after your tour.

To wander around the vineyards that produce the wine, take a trip north to Douro Valley. This wine region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is bathed in sunshine and has produced the fruity drink for over 2,000 years.

Book an appointment only group tour at Quinta Vale D. Maria during your holiday.

Trek Roman trails

Castro Laboreiro Ruins in Portugal

A Roman road once stretched 320 km between Braga and Astorga in Spain. Its remnants can still be walked in Portugal’s only national park: . 

You can still see some of the original milestones on your holidays here too. This is a vast area full of activity and adventure opportunities like traversing mountain ranges, seeing wild ponies and stumbling upon castles such as Castro Laboreiro. 

It is definitely worth hiring a car and driving here to spend the whole day.

Get close to nature in the Algarve

Cabo de São Vicente lighthouse, Portugal

The western part of the Algarve offers a wild retreat for adventures away from Portugal’s crowds. Lush greenery sits atop rugged cliffs that overlook sand and pebble beaches. 

This landscape is ideal for long walks and relaxation in the sun afterwards. Sagres is a historic town that houses the harbour; here you can sample the catch of the day or take a walk to the little red lighthouse in Cabo de São Vicente. 

If you are active and energetic, reputable surf schools are on hand to show you the ropes as you take to the water.

Tram hopping

Tram in Lisbon

Experience the local transport by hopping on and off the traditional trams in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital. 

This is a flexible way of seeing sights such as Comercio Square, Santa Justa Lift and the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora. 

The trams have transported locals and visitors alike since the early 1900s and they maintain their vintage design and appeal. 

Tickets are valid for 24 hours and you can jump on at one of the six stops during your stay in Portugal.

Spot sea life

Dolphins swimming off the coast of Portugal

The Atlantic Sea is home to many fascinating species and you can watch them on one of the varied boat tours that take place daily. 

The Algarve is a great area of Portugal to take part in this activity and most tours will take you through caves! 

Dolphins are the main star of the show and you are pretty much guaranteed to sail beside a pod while cutting through the waves on a speed boat. 

Fishing trips are also popular in Portugal and they are part of the local culture. 

Take your pick from fresh water fishing, sea fishing and cliff fishing, and then settle down for a day of reeling in those catches.

Good wine, Roman ruins, natural life, boat trips and everything else that this charming country has to offer make it an ideal holiday destination. Adventure seekers will certainly be satisfied with this European gem.

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