Portugal's modern and cosmopolitan capital, Lisbon, is located on the Atlantic coast and has been extensively redeveloped since earthquakes levelled it in the 1700s. One of the highlights of any visit to the capital is a trip across the water to nearby Cacilhas, where an elevated statue of Christ, reminiscent of the one in Rio, offers stunning panoramas of the city.
Only 30 minutes drive along the coast from Lisbon, Cascais is a luxurious seaside retreat with a long history of eminent guests, while a short drive inland brings you to Sintra, a city of castles. The most distinctive, Palácio da Pena, gives the town real fairy-tale atmosphere.
Another popular site in the region is Autodromo do Estoril. In its glory days this racetrack was home to Formula One, until motor racing legend Ayrton Senna won the last ever F1 race held here in 1985. This rich historical legacy makes this the perfect place to start your visit, before cruising down the Tagus River into central Portugal.
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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.
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.
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.
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Matching its privileged setting, this city centre offering features a contemporary style that’s as welcoming as its exclusive rooftop bar.
Everyone from James Bond to Europe’s royal families have found a quantum of solace here, with guests welcomed by stately grandeur, a golf course, gourmet restaurants and an excellent spa.
Step back to the indulgence of Portugal’s aristocratic past with the Tivoli Palácio’s fresco-framed ballrooms, tapestry-furnished rooms and stunning grounds, complete with mazes and swimming pools.
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Sintra, located further inland, is named after the mountainous range that stretches away behind the town. Standing proud on a outcropping of these slopes, Sintra's most famous landmark, Palácio da Pena, makes its majesty felt. Its pastel fairy-tale rampart is a bizarre concoction of different style…
The Algarve is the most popular beach destination in Portugal, but those looking for a more exclusive seaside retreat often head for Cascais, only a short distance from Lisbon. This coastal town has long been popular with the region's elite and in its glory days drew many of Europe's royals. Althou…
Lisbon manages to combine centuries of charm with the metropolitan feel of a modern day capital city. Bairro Alto, the higher city, is a region buzzing with vibrant bars and restaurants linked to the lower town by the stunning Elevador de Santa Justa. When it was first built this street elevator wa…
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Every year on 10th June, Portugal celebrates its annual national holiday, Portugal Day. In honour, we’ve picked our favourite routes through Portugal to immerse yourself in the historic pousadas, cobblestone villages and world-class gastronomy of this Iberian gem.
From wild coastlines and beach curves to mountain peaks and rolling countryside, the charms of the Iberian Peninsula are seemingly endless. To help point you in the right direction our destination experts have put together the following self-drive routes that showcase the best of it all.
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