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Portugal

Portugal tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Portugal is as popular as ever, with its laid-back attitude and wealth of scenic corners to relax in. Here, you can stretch out an afternoon with a glass of wine and a good conversations, and escape the bustle of a rushed daily schedule. Portugal is not a place for harried activity, just long, lazy days and good hearty meals.

The likeable capital city of 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. 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.

Long sandy beaches and a string of golf courses make up the Algarve, where despite recent mass development it is still easy to escape the resorts and find a tranquil spot in the surrounding countryside, where you'll stumble across medieval towns, olive groves, vineyards and heritage sites.Go further afield to discover the volcanic island of Madeira, perched out in the Atlantic and offering lush, mountainous beauty and a leisurely approach to life.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
2½ hours

Time Zone
GMT +1

Currency
Euro (€) = 100 cents

Language
Portuguese

Visa
Not required

Where to go in Portugal

Lisbon & Surrounds

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, …

The Algarve

The year-round Mediterranean climate of the Algarve is one of the things that has always set it apart from the rest of Portugal. Home to some of Europe's most beautiful beaches, this is a region that has long been a popular all-inclusive beach holiday destination.

Madeira

Portugal's most popular island welcomes you with year-round sunshine and impressive mountain scenery. Lying halfway between Portugal's south coast and the shores of Africa, Madeira is an island that specialises in luxury, home to some of the best hotels in the world, including Reid's Palace, who's …

Lisbon

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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When to go to Portugal

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Top itineraries in Portugal

Pousadas of Portugal - The Algarve

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £840 pp incl. flights

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.

Porto & the Douro Valley

5-day tailor-made break from £575 pp incl. flights

Spend two nights in the majestic Pousada do Porto – an 18th century palace on the Douro River, just upstream from the historical old town of Porto and two nights at the luxurious Douro Royal Valley Hotel and Spa.

Pousadas of Portugal Routes

6-day tailor-made self-drive from £465 pp incl. flights

From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. Our range of Pousada routes entitles two people to explore different itineraries throughout Portugal and benefit savings if you are over 55.

Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £915 pp incl. flights

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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Top places to stay in Portugal

Pestana Palace, Lisbon

Historic hotel

The luxurious Pestana Palace is located in the heart of the city's historic centre, near some of Lisbon's most important attractions including the Centro Cultural de Belém, the Mosteiro dos Jernonimos and the Centro de Congressos.

Vilalara Thalassa Resort, Algarve

Contemporary resort

A dramatic cliff-top location, lush tropical gardens, direct access to a beautiful beach and one of Portugal’s best spas are among the highlights at this luxury Algarve Resort.

Quinta Jardins do Lago, Madeira

Historic resort from £845 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save £112 per couple
Book by: 30 April 2017

Following its days as a luxurious family home, Quinta Jardins do Lago is now an elegant small luxury hotel with a charming botanical garden setting in the hills surrounding Funchal.

Royal Savoy, Madeira

Contemporary hotel

The five-star Royal Savoy boasts 172 elegant, spacious and luxurious rooms and suites - all of which feature their own balcony.

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Special offers in Portugal

Quinta Jardins do Lago, Madeira

Historic resort from £845 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save £112 per couple
Book by: 30 April 2017

Following its days as a luxurious family home, Quinta Jardins do Lago is now an elegant small luxury hotel with a charming botanical garden setting in the hills surrounding Funchal.

Belmond Reid's Palace, Madeira

Traditional hotel from £1,325 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early booking offer
Book by: 25 October 2017

Unquestionably Madeira’s most famous hotel, 5-star Reid’s Palace is one of the world’s great hotel names - and celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2011.

The Presidential‬, Portugal

4-day gourmet train experience from £4,975 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

2017 Limited Departure Six Senses Premium Package
Book by: 28 May 2017

From Porto’s charm both historic and daringly contemporary, dip into the Douro Valley’s world-class vineyards aboard The Presidential – Portugal’s most luxurious train. It’s all paired with Michelin-standard dining throughout.

Hotel Palacio Estoril, Lisbon

Historic hotel from £570 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save £279 Stay 5, pay 4
Book by: 31 October 2017

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.

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What our clients say about our Portugal holidays

  • I only had one question about our booking regarding check in for the flights and it was expertly dealt with by Rachel while Heather was away. Both girls were excellent and professional and the booking was made speedily and with minimum effort on our part.

    Our hotel the Alma Lusa was lovely and suited us perfectly It's an old building beautifully renovated to a beautiful hotel( it was once an arsenal ) Staff are friendly and helpful from the minute you walk through the door.

    Juliet Kate J

  • I have booked through Wexas Travel for business and holidays for many years and have always found the service to be excellent and will continue to book through Wexas.

    A special thank you to Bert Hyatt for the last two years bookings to Italy and Madeira, always helpful with excellent knowledge of all aspects of travel and hotels.

    R R

  • The Hotel do Caracol proved to be a very good choice of hotel in Angra do Heroismo, with a convenient but peaceful location, comfortable rooms, helpful staff, and food that varied from good to excellent.

    Henry H

  • Once again excellent service from Wexas and their advisers. I will continue to use Wexas without hesitation in future.

    Frederick F

  • First class service, and dealt with every thing very well

    Nevillle N

  • As ever very pleased with service and advice.

    Michael M

  • Everyone should take the pousada trip.

    Michael M

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