Between its enthralling history, wine country interior and sun-drenched sands, Portugal is one of Europe’s classics. And, tying it all together are the pousadas, a collection of luxury hotels that range from 15th century seaside forts to Renaissance hideaways. Perhaps stay in converted 13th century convents and Baroque classics as you explore hidden beaches, Moorish citadels and Roman ruins.
However, you would be remiss to skip its cities. Lisbon’s tram-rattled streets lead to majestic palaces and historic monasteries all housed in that signature terracotta while riverfront Porto’s grand azulejo tile work and intimate port houses are equally delightful. Make the most of it all with stays in palatial hotels.
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From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. The Explorer Passport provides five nights accommodation and breakfast using 17 of the most famous Pousadas throughout the country.
Portugal's pousadas are similar to Spain's famous paradors – a network of state-owned hotels synonymous with the history, culture and traditions of their particular region.
Combine Portugal's two greatest cities, Porto and Lisbon, with five days relaxing by the beaches of the Algarve. The UNESCO city of Porto has a rich and varied history, seen in everything from its Romanesque cathedral to its neoclassical Stock Exchange.
Spend two nights in the majestic Pestana Palacio Do Freixo – an 18th century palace on the Douro River, just upstream from the historical old town of Porto and two nights in your choice of luxurious Douro valley hotel.
Link Portugal’s pair of city greats with a scenic road trip, affording you the chance to explore the Douro Valley’s vineyard terraces and Sintra’s storybook beauty. And, exploring the cultural delights of Lisbon and Porto, you’ll stay in two of the country’s finest hotels.