Portugal tailor-made holidays
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.
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Famous for its friendly people, natural beauty and mild climate, Madeira is a perfect year-round destination. The island features more than 600 miles of walking trails, and while there aren't any beaches per se, there are plenty of lidos and bathing platforms offering direct sea access.
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Portugal's pousadas - a network of state-owned hotels synonymous with the history, culture and traditions of their particular region.
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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.
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Book by: 31 March 2019
Let private, tailor-made tours, stays in three of the country’s finest hotels, First Class rail travel and private drivers show you the best of Portugal. Alongside Porto and Lisbon’s heritage, you’ll also take in the Douro Valley’s wines, Sintra’s regal-rural beauty and Madeira’s endless sun.
Top itineraries in 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.
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.
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 quinta winery accommodation.
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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.
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.
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.
Once again excellent service from Wexas and their advisers. I will continue to use Wexas without hesitation in future.
First class service, and dealt with every thing very well
As ever very pleased with service and advice.
Everyone should take the pousada trip.
Top places to stay in Portugal
Between private balcony views of the city and a Michelin-starred restaurant, it’s not difficult to see why the Yeatman is an exalted member of the Relais and Châteaux collection of luxury hotels.
Perhaps Porto’s most resplendent and theatrical hotel, the Infante Sagres exudes glamour and the feel of an old manor house. It comes complete with fine-dining restaurant and a World Heritage location to die for.
Packed full of character and charm, this historic house complete with its own wine academy for tours and tastings, is a wonderfully intimate base for exploring Portugal's Douro Valley.
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Where to go in Portugal
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 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.
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 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…
When to go to Portugal
Entirely predictably, the Portuguese summers are hot, barely wavering from a steady 30°C. They also coincide with the holiday season – both domestic and international – meaning higher prices and larger crowds. With this in mind, consider looking either side, with spring and autumn offering a more temperate climate, ideal for hikes. In turn, the rain falls mainly in the winter, when sightseeing spots are all but deserted in the crisp sunshine. Conversely, Madeira enjoys warm weather year-round, making it an ideal destination to soak up some winter rays.
Europe is a firm favourite with travellers, and it may seem that there's nowhere left to discover. That, however, is simply untrue. Venture off-the-beaten-track, and you'll be rewarded with a wealth of undiscovered destinations, each with their own rich and idiosyncratic culture, history and custom…
Portugal’s national holiday, Portugal Day, falls on 10 June. To celebrate, we’ve chosen our favourite places to stay in Portugal's stunning regions of Porto, the Douro Valley and the Algarve to help you make the most of this region of rolling hills, riverside palaces and fantastic gastronomy.
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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