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.
At a glance
Special offers in Portugal
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.
Early booking offer
Book by: 25 October 2017
Unquestionably Madeira’s most famous hotel, the five-star Belmond Reid’s Palace is one of the world’s great names – and celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2011.
Early booking discount save £174 per couple
Book by: 31 August 2017
The 5-star Vila Vita Parc hotel on Portugal’s Algarve is considered one of the finest 5-star resorts in Portugal and one of the best in Europe.
Exclusive tailor-made fly, cruise and stay holiday
Enjoy a stay in Lisbon after your 5-star luxury cruise to some of the best ports in the Mediterranean
Top itineraries in Portugal
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.
Spend two nights in the majestic Palacio Do Freixo (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.
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.
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
Lining the banks of the Douro River, the Royal Valley enjoys privileged views from its designer rooms, spa and bar terraces. It’s delightfully accessible seclusion.
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.
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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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.
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