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Douro Valley

Central Portugal

Ancient charms & painterly landscapes

Visit Central Portugal


Bordered to the north by the Douro River and to the south by the river Tagus, central Portugal encompasses everything from sandy beaches to ski resorts.

Its tiny villages are unexplored and charming, such as Aveiro – filled with Art Deco features, winding canals and painted boats, it's known as the Venice of Portugal, while historic Combria's picturesque streets are home to the famous University of Combria – built in 1290, the university's historic campus buildings attracts tourists from all over the world. 

Dam Covao in Serra da Estrela, Portugal

Meanwhile, winter sports fans will delight at Guarda, the highest town in Portugal and the perfect stop off en route to ski resorts in the Serra da Estrela mountain range. 


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Top itineraries in Central Portugal

Sagres, portugal

Pousadas of Portugal: Alentejo & the Algarve

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £640 pp incl. flights

This unique road trip will see you along dramatic coasts and a rolling interior, all the while staying in unique pousada hotels, from grand castles to historic convents.

Vila Vicçsa Ducal Palace in Alentejo, Portugal

Pousadas of Portugal: The Heart of Portugal

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £620 pp incl. flights

Explore the history and beauty of Portugal's Alentejo region with stays in characterful pousadas, heritage hotels converted from palaces, castles, convents and forts.

Top places to stay in Central Portugal

Sublime Comporta

Sublime Comporta, Grândola

Contemporary hotel

Set in 17 acres of wooded wilderness and just minutes from Portugal's Atlantic coast, this stunning boutique hotel has little difficulty in living up to its bold name.

Malhadinha Nova

Malhadinha Nova, Alentejo

Small & intimate hotel

Complete with Michelin-standard dining, a gorgeous infinity pool and a subterranean spa, this remote retreat in romantic Alentejo is also within easy reach of Portugal's idyllic beaches.

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