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Portugal holidays tailor-made

Portugal remains as popular as ever, especially on the Algarve coastline. Long sandy beaches and a string of golf courses make up the Algarve, where mass development has ensured an influx of package holidaymakers. Nonetheless it is easy to escape the busy resorts and find a tranquil spot in the surrounding countryside, where you'll stumble across medieval towns, olive groves, vineyards and heritage sites. [See Portugal holidays tailor-made itinerary ideas]

The likeable capital Lisbon is a relaxed port, overlooked by a ruined castle. Whitewashed, cobbled streets form a labyrinth concealing fantastic architecture and Art Nouveau shops and cafés. Visit the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos to see the tomb of Vasco de Gama, the Gulbenkian Museum for a superb art fix and the statue of Christ above the city for spectacular views before searching out tiny fado clubs and joining the jumping nightlife in Bairro Alto.

Elsewhere, Porto, at the mouth of the Douro River is more than just the sum of its port-producing suburb Vila Nova de Gaia and also boasts Roman ramparts and French style squares.

Braga is the country's most important religious centre, home to a number of colourful festivals including Semana Santa in the run up to Easter. Those interested in religion ought to also take in Alcobaca's twelfth century monastery and famous shrine.

North of Lisbon, surfers should seek out the Atlantic rollers at Enceira and Lagos, whilst walkers ought to explore the peaks of Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela and amateur geologists should descend into the extraordinary cave system at Grutas de Mira de Aire. Those looking for ruins ought to travel to Evora, a medieval town with Roman, Moorish and Renaissance remains.

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The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Portugal holidays tailor-made. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.

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The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Portugal holidays tailor-made. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Portugal holidays tailor-made, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.

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Re-launched in 2008 this engaging resort continues to make waves. In 2011 it has been nominated for numerous awards and is earning rave reviews on Tripadvisor.

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The Longevity Wellness Resort is a first-class mountain and nature retreat in the green hills of Monchique, with full spa and fitness facilities and views over …

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Set on an idyllic cliff top location near the historical town of Lagos in the Algarve, this boutique hotel is a true gem in every sense of the word and offers a …

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