Portugal, on Europe’s southwestern tip, has been traditionally home to explorers, navigators and military heroes. Fiercely contested ground for centuries, it has seen off Roman, Arab, Spanish and finally French invaders.  One can see why - Portugal is a staggeringly beautiful country boasting a vibrant, proud culture, stunning scenery and enjoying more sun than almost anywhere else in Europe. You don't.need an army to capture what makes this place so special - simply take the time to explore!

Where to go

Wander through Lisbon, one of the finest baroque cities in existence. Explore the hilltop fortifications of Pena Palace and São Jorge Castle. Hike through the wilds of Peneda-Gerês National Park with its neolithic remains. Ski the Serra da Estrela. Tour some of the many, almost-untouched medieval villages dotting the countryside. Enjoy some of the world’s best museums and galleries. Enjoy the amazing beaches of the Algarve. Relax by the beach and soak up some of that golden Portuguese sun!

Food & Drink

You will eat a lot of seafood in Portugal, in addition to beef and pork. Beans, rice and vegetables constitute the staples and tomato and olive are a fairly consistent ingredient. The Portuguese are famous for their red wines and port, in addition to the liquor known as ginginjha. To dine exceptionally well in Portugal, we recommend Vila Joya (Estrada da Galé, 8201-917 Albufeira)  in the Algarve with its two Michelin stars or the ultra-modern Feitero (Doca do Bom Sucesso 1400-038) in Lisbon, for some contemporary Portuguese delights.

Nightlife

Like their Spanish cousins, the Portuguese like to party late into the night. Expect for thing to kick off after 10pm. In Lisbon, Pensão Amor (R. do Alecrim 19, 1200-014 Lisboa) is a hip and trendy bar, based in a former brothel. In the Algarve, Caniço (Aldeamento da Prainha, Praia dos 3 Irmãos, Alvor, 8500-072 Portimão) is a very unique bar located in a beach cove, accessible by elevator. You can dance into the small hours here with the sand between your toes!

Where to stay

Villa Joya in the Algarve is a wonderful beachside luxury hotel that hosts one of the few 2-star Michelin restaurants in Portugal  and features the best of regional cuisine and local produce. Feeling sporty? Vila Joy also offers a golf course close by, tennis courts, heated pool and a Turkish bath. Coupled with the wonderfully-decorated rooms, we think this is a must-visit. Epic Sana Hotel is also in the Algarve and boasts an incredible location right on the beach. Those craving a spa treatment will be delighted with this hotel, devoted to pampering its guests. There are all manner of activities on offer here, from mixology classes to regular wine tastings. For a decadent city break in Lisbon, we recommend the Palacio Belmonte for its astounding decor (featuring paintings from the Renaissance) and unparalleled location in the medieval heart of Lisbon.

How to get there

Monarch TAP Portugal, British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair fly to Lisbon daily.

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MONTE VELHO

arraiolos, portugal

Herdade do Monte Velho is a stunning boutique hotel with 6 rooms and apartments in an estate that is surrounded by an eco-reserve in the region of Evora, Portugal. Inherently connected to the Lusitano horse, the philosophy of this Chic Retreat is to make use of the produce that has been developed in the surrounding agricultural land for over twenty years.

QUINTA DA BOUCA D'ARQUES

viana do castelo, portugal, portugal

Quinta da Bouça d'Arques is a small luxury hotel in the Minho region of Portugal. The Abreu Teixeira family have owned this beautiful estate for the last 300 years. The trellised vineyards & chic manor house perfectly represent the Minho region.

TORRE DE PALMA WINE HOTEL

monforte, portugal

Inspired by Alentejo tradition, the lifestyle of the Basilii family who once lived in the Roman ruins nearby, and modern luxury, the Torre de Palma is more than just a hotel – it’s a way of life in the stunning Portuguese countryside you’ll never want to come back from.

VILA JOYA

albufeira, algarve, portugal

Welcome to Paradise! Guests need look no further for a unique and luxurious boutique hotel in the Algarve. Here at Vila Joya golfers, honeymooners & families can enjoy exquisite service in a stunning landscape. Vila Joya really is paradise.

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EPIC SANA ALGARVE HOTEL

olhos de água, portugal

Guests at Epic Sana Algarve Hotel will find elegant and contemporary rooms & suites, direct access to the beach, a vibrant atmosphere, exquisite cuisine, an extensive spa and most of all exceptional service.

AGUA D'ALTE

evora, portugal

Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards Agua d'Alte is a new country house hotel in the region of Evora in Alentejo, Portugal.  There is plenty to do in the area for those not happy to just relax by the pool and enjoy delicious home cooking.

AS JANELAS VERDES

lisbon, portugal

As Janelas Verdes is a small luxury hotel in old Lisbon, neighbouring the Museum of Ancient Art. Enjoy views over the Tagus from the roof terrace and breakfast in the courtyard garden, or relax inside this 18th-century palace.

CA ESTATE LODGE

portugal

Leave Lisbon behind and head for Ca Estate Lodge a luxury villa with swimming pool in the Alentejo region of southern Portugal.

CARMO'S BOUTIQUE HOTEL

ponte de lima, portugal

Carmo's Boutique Hotel is a stunning contemporary boutique hotel just 45 minutes from Oporto in Portugal and within 90 minutes drive of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  This hip hideaway has 15 rooms and spoils guests with it's blissful spa treatments.

CASAS DA LAPA

lapa dos dinheiros. porto, portugal

Casas da Lapa is a small, family run boutique hotel that sits on the slopes of Serra da Estrela, Portugal surrounded by an area of national park. This village house has been restored and transformed into is former glory using traditional methods and materials including stone and local wood. Whilst the interiors show off the exquisite taste and contemporary design of the owners resulting in a cosy and sophisticated Chic Retreat.

CERCA DO SUL

brejao, portugal

Cerca do Sul is a small boutique B&B in Odemira on the south coast of Alentejo. This gorgeous beach retreat has a bright seaside-style and a large pool, great for relaxing in the sun, or get active with a surfing course.

FLATTERED APARTMENTS

portugal

Flattered Apartments are located in a charming historical building by the sea in the city of Porto within walking distance of some lovely shops and restaurants.

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