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A contrast of coastlines & culture

Portugal tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Having produced the first global empire, something still evidenced by its far-flung island retreats, Portugal’s cities proudly showcase its maritime wealth, its idyllic coast is watched over by hilltop castles and its wines are lauded the world over. Our tailor-made holidays explore it all, whether it's a stay in a historic pousada hotel, an ultra-scenic self-drive through the Douro Valley or a relaxing beach break in Madeira or the Algarve. Speak to our specialists today to start planning your perfect Portugal holiday.

Portugal's rich history

As a country that’s been settled since prehistory, it’s not just the Portuguese that have left their mark on the Iberian Peninsula’s western coast. Archaeological sites remember Celtic settlements, whole ruined Roman towns crouch in valley verdure and great Moorish castles cap cragged hilltops. But, in its medieval walled towns, Portugal emerged from its occupation at the hands of the Moors, eventually into a golden Age of Discovery. The riches that its world-first spice routes brought in still line the cathedrals, monasteries and Baroque halls of its two great cities – Lisbon and Porto. In each, UNESCO-listed grandeur is framed by a tumble of terracotta rooftops – a fitting emblem for the country’s homespun charm.


Lisbon, Portugal

Golden sands, green mountains and award-winning wines

You’ll know the Algarve for its white-sand beaches, but it’s often the green of its interior and the drama of its sea-beaten cliffs that leave the biggest impression. And, ever the rivals, Lisbon and Porto’s surrounds also vie for your attention. While the former features Estoril’s beaches and the storybook castles of the Sintra Mountains, it’s Porto’s Douro Valley neighbour that wins out. Here, river cruises and a spectacular railway route bring you among a world of fabled vineyards and forgotten hamlets. That said, for the best in Portuguese relaxation, make the short flight to Madeira. It’s ever-sunny disposition has long made it a favourite of exiled monarchs, European aristocracy and, yes, award-winning winemakers. 


Ponta da Piedade, Algarve

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
2½ hours

Time zone
GMT +1

Currency
Euro (€) = 100 cents

Language
Portuguese

Travel advice
Check the FCDO for visa & Covid-19 travel advice

Special offers in Portugal

Detail, diplomatic double suite, Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, Sintra

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, Sintra

Guide price from £935 pp incl. flights

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.

Main pool and golf course

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

7-night luxury holiday from £610 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

25% discount Winter Offer – Save up to £165pp
Book by: 31 October 2020

Between fine-dining restaurants, opulent private-terrace rooms and one of Europe’s finest golf courses, the latest in Algarve ultra-luxury is a true gem. It’s all wrapped up in signature Anantara service, best experienced in the excellent spa.

Vila Vita Parc, Algarve, Portugal

Vila Vita Parc, Algarve

Guide price from £920 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early booking discount save £125 per couple per week
Book by: 30 November 2020

The luxurious Vila Vita Parc hotel is considered one of the finest resorts in Portugal's Algarve, with two Michelin-starred dining, a stunning spa and direct beach access among a host of stand-out facilities.

Quinta Jardins do Lago

Quinta Jardins do Lago, Madeira

7-night luxury holiday from £855 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Special offer for departures 1 Nov - 30 April 2021 – Save up to £80pp
Book by: 31 October 2020

Featuring some of Madeira’s most sought-after rooms, this heritage property and its stunning gardens date back to the 1700s while its dining and impressive pools exhibit more contemporary influences.

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Top itineraries in Portugal

Pousada Castelo de Óbidos

Pousadas of Portugal Routes

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £465 pp incl. flights

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.

Douro River at Porto, Portugal

Porto & the Douro Valley

5-day tailor-made break from £640 pp incl. flights

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.

Douro Valley, Porto

Porto & the Douro Valley: Wines & Vines Fly-Drive

5-day tailor-made break from £485 pp incl. flights

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.

Algarve, Portugal

Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,270 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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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

Top places to stay in Portugal

Infinity Pool, The Yeatman, Porto

The Yeatman, Porto

3-night luxury holiday from £750 pp incl. flights & transfers

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.

Infante Sagres, Porto

Infante Sagres Hotel, Porto

3-night luxury holiday from £695 pp incl. flights & transfers

Perhaps Porto’s most resplendent and theatrical hotel, the Infante de 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.

The Vintage House Hotel, Douro

The Vintage House Hotel, Pinhao, Douro Valley

3-night luxury holiday from £520 pp incl. flights & transfers

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.

Club suite with double bed at Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa, Lisbon

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa, Lisbon

3-night luxury holiday from £655 pp incl. flights & transfers

Matching its privileged setting, this city centre offering features a contemporary style that’s as welcoming as its exclusive rooftop bar.

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Where to go in Portugal

Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon & surrounds

Portugal’s centuries-long Age of Discovery put Lisbon at the centre of the world, inspiring a rich cultural diversity keenly felt to this day in everything from its unique gastronomy to its sheer wealth of architecture.

Porto, Portugal

Porto & the Douro Valley

Porto's claim to fame as the second largest city in Portugal and the ancestral home of port have earned it a place on the tourism map, but it is the city's historical legacy that really engages visitors.

Ponta da Piedade, Algarve

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

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 offers a delightful blend of relaxation and adventure.

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When to go to Portugal

Lisbon & surrounds
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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.

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Portugal articles

  • Sagres, Portugal

    Discover Portugal: Porto, Douro Valley & the Algarve

    To celebrate the beauty and diversity of Portugal, we’ve picked out our top suggestions for three of the country's holiday hotspots: Porto, the Douro Valley and the Algarve.

  • Gardesana Occidentale road near Tremosine, Lake Garda

    Four of the best European road trips

    Between the headline acts and lesser-known gems, these are the finest self-drives on the continent.

  • Lake Como, Italy

    Top 10 places to visit this autumn

    Whether it’s island relaxation in the sun or a Big-Five safari, this is a collection of our finest autumn escapes. There are also plenty of insiders’ tips, including America’s secret ‘fall foliage’.

  • Kotor, Montenegro

    Undiscovered Europe

    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…

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Meet our Portugal experts

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7664 2268 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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