Welcome to Portugal

Magical Mediterranean Flair.

Portugal. Warm up with the ruby-red richness of port wine, in the very city where its name originates – Oporto, Portugal. Situated adjacent to Spain, Portugal enjoys the same superbly sunny weather and vivid vacation settings, offering that magical Mediterranean flair! Portugal’s captivating capital city of Lisbon is home to deep Iberian history boasting the world’s most expensive chapel, glistening with Brazilian gold inside the magnificent Sao Roque Church. Jeronimos Monastery, resting place of global explorer Vasco de Gama, reaches back to the 1500s. Its cloisters are considered to be amongst the most breathtaking anywhere and have therefore been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Long the home of Portugal’s monarchs, Sintra is an enchanting town of marvelous historic mansions – all set against the backdrop of lush rolling hills. Sintra’s many ancient castles include the Palácio Nacional de Sintra (a primary abode for Portuguese royalty until the early 20th century), the hilltop and storybook Palácio da Pena, Quinta de Regaleira (incorporating several architectural styles with gorgeous surrounding gardens), the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), and the Palácio de Monserrate.

The sumptuous Portuguese cuisine varies from region to region, but fresh fish and seafood are to be found on every menu. The national dish is called “bacalhau” – a dried, salted cod. The Portuguese have been obsessed with it since the early 16th century! Today there are said to be 365 different ways of preparing it, one for each day of the year.

You can truly capture the air and atmosphere with a scenic Portuguese bicycle tour. Starting in Sesimbra (a small city by the sea in the Arrabida Natural Park) you can bike to the south-westernmost point in continental Europe. This tour crosses two National Parks, a shimmering coastal line of beautiful beaches and typical quaint villages.

Does not the fragrant flavor of Madeira’s finest wines, which are known to blend so perfectly with the soothing orange glow of the setting sun, sound like Portugal’s friendliest calling?

Experiences to Remember

Walking Tour to Rabacal

How about a wonderful walking tour which allows you to explore the wonders of the beautiful Island of Madeira!

Visiting the Lost Continent of Atlantis

One of the most offbeat travel experiences in Europe is a trip to the Azores. Mythologists believe the remote Portuguese islands in the mid-Atlantic are the only remnants of the lost continent of Atlantis. For hundreds of years they were considered the end of the earth, the outer limits of the European sphere of influence, beyond which ships could not go.

Historical Algarve

Discover the Algarve with our tour that will introduce you to some typical Portuguese villages. See the Moorish Castle and XIII Century Cathedral!

Lisbon and Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

Highlights of this tour include a visit to the village of Sintra and Jeronimos Monasteiros Church.

Fatima, Obidos, Nazare, Batalha & Alcobac

Enjoy a tour through the area north of Lisbon, going to the World famous Fatima, Nazare, Obidos and Alcobaca.

Lisbon by Night with Fado Dinner Show

Spend an unforgettable evening on this panoramic visit of Lisbon by night followed by a typical Fado dinner.

Lisbon City Tour

Visit the Coach Museum, taste an Aperitif of Porto wine, and see the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, a modern monument dedicated to the Portuguese maritime discoveries.

Douro Valley

If you are exploring the North of Portugal, why not visit the home of Port wine and marvel at the beautiful landscape and scenery that the Douro region has to offer?

Heading “Beyond the Mountains”

The northernmost district of Trás-os-Montes is a wild, rugged land whose name means “beyond the mountains.” Exploring this region provides a glimpse into a Portugal infrequently seen by outsiders. Most of the population lives in deep valleys, often in traditional houses built of shale or granite, and speaks a dialect of Galician similar to that spoken just across the border in northwestern Spain. Much of the plateau is arid and rocky, but swift rivers and streams provide water for irrigation, and thermal springs have bubbled out of the earth since at least Roman times. You can drive through these savage landscapes, but don’t expect superhighways. What you’ll find are ruins of pre-Roman fortresses, dolmens, and cromlechs erected by prehistoric Celts, and decaying old churches.

Horseback Riding Along the Coast

Seeing this beautiful country from the back of a well-trained, even-tempered Lusitano is a rewarding experience, but some of the best opportunities can be had along the Atlantic Ocean beach. In addition to beach riding, the company offers trekking through olive groves, vineyards, pine forests, and lagoons.

Evora

In the narrow streets of the whitewashed town of Evora we visit some of the most important monuments: the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church with the “Bones Chapel”, and the University.

Historic Minho

A full day’s visit to Minho region, said to be Portugal’s most beautiful province where history and nature merge into a perfect scenario!

Fatima

Visit the Basilica with the tombs of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta; the Apparition Chapel, heart of the Shrine; the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the fountain of the Holy Water.

Appreciating Manueline Architecture

Manuelino — as it’s known in Portuguese — marked a dramatic artistic shift from the late Gothic style prevalent during the reign of King Dom Manuel. It mixes Christian motifs with shells, ropes, and strange aquatic shapes and is usually crowned with heraldic or religious symbols. The best example is the grand Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) in Belém, outside Lisbon, dating from the 16th century.

Excursion to Porto Moniz – West Coast

A visit to Madeira would not be complete without this tour, which allows you to explore the West Coast of the Island!

Excursion to Santana – East Coast

This is a must tour if you are visiting Madeira, where you will discover the immense beauty of the East Coast of the Island!

Paying a Call on Berlenga Island

Berlenga is a granite island 11km (7 miles) west of the Portuguese coastline. The island has always been the first line of defense against invaders from the sea. In 1666, 28 Portuguese tried to withstand 1,500 Spaniards who bombarded the site from 15 ships. A medieval fortress demolished in the battle was rebuilt several decades later and today houses a no-frills hostel. The entire island and the rocky, uninhabited archipelago that surrounds it are a designated nature reserve whose flora and fauna — both above and below the surface of the sea — are protected from development and destruction.

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