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Portugal

A contrast of coastlines & culture

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 where 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.

Lisbon

Long sandy beaches and a string of golf courses make up the Algarve where, despite recent mass development, it's 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, laid-back approach to life.

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 FCO for latest visa & travel advice

Special offers in Portugal

Hotel Palacio Estoril

Hotel Palacio Estoril, Lisbon

7-night luxury holiday from £910 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Stay 7 nights and pay 6 discount – Save up to £110 pp
Book by: 24 October 2019

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.

 Reid's Palace, Madeira

Belmond Reid's Palace, Madeira

5-night luxury holiday from £835 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Early booking discount – Save up to £120 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

Unquestionably Madeira’s most famous hotel, the five-star Belmond Reid’s Palace is one of the world’s great names. Experience the best in elegant luxury, coupled with fine dining, an indulgent spa and sweeping Atlantic Ocean views.

Lounge Deck, Seven Seas Voyager, Regent Seven Seas

Iberia & The Ivory Coast on Regent Seven Seas

25-day cruise from £14,125 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

Epic Sana, Algarve

Epic Sana, Algarve

7-night luxury holiday from £840 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

October stays special offer – Save up to £210 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

Epic Sana, a gorgeous boutique hotel, set between emerald pines and molten yellow sands, is the essence of the romantic Algarve and one of the region’s finest escapes.

Top itineraries in Portugal

Pousada Castelo de Óbidos

Pousadas of Portugal Routes

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £445 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.

Old Town, Porto, Portugal

Porto & the Douro Valley

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 luxurious Douro valley hotel.

Douro Valley, Porto

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

5-day tailor-made break from £465 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.

Ponta da Piedade, Algarve, Portugal

Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,295 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.

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 £680 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 de 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

Guide price from £635 pp incl. flights

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

Pena National Palace, Sintra

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, …

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.

Camara de Lobos, Madeira

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.

Lisbon

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.

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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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