Portugal

Portugal offers a huge variety of landscapes; from the vasts open rolling countryside of the Alentejo, to the terraced hillsides of the UNESCO Douro Valley, the granite hills that border Spain to the east and finally a seemingly never event coastline. Explore the wide open landscapes, rolling hills, and cork trees in the Alentejo, or head North into the region known simply as “The Douro”. Amazing wines, breathtaking views and a paradise for foodies, this region has it all and then some. To experience the true diversity available in this small country, combine both regions and take in all the wonderful traits Portugal has to offer!

 

"Portuguese is cheerful and sweet, like a language of birds."

~ Paulo Ronai

Portugal highlights

Below are a few favorite highlights that can feature in your bespoke Portugal itinerary.

• Explore the highlights of Porto on a private guided tour and river cruise.
• Sample wine in the Douro Valley, one of the world’s oldest demarcated wine regions.
• Take in the whimsical gardens and architecture of Sintra on a full-day guided tour.
• Experience the highlights of Lisbon and Belem by tasting local delicacies while getting an introduction to the area’s important historical sights.
• Relax in the peaceful Alentejo countryside at an indulgent hacienda-style retreat.
• Listen to melancholy fado music over a traditional dinner in Lisbon.
• Traverse Lisbon’s hilly streets by tuk-tuk.
• Spend time in the Roman town of Evora.
 

Portugal

WHEN TO GO

 Spring (March-May) and Fall (Sept-Oct)

timeframe

7 + Nights

CLIMATE

Mediterranean


CURRENCY

Euro

language

Portuguese, English.

 

Portugal, Europe

HOTELS WE LOVE

Nothing but the best. Browse the hotels that can feature in our bespoke Portugal itinerary.

Portugal, Europe. Photos by Marie-France Gravel.

Areias do Seixo

Route De Ouarzazate, Km 12, Palmeraie Areias do Seixo makes the perfect beach break after exploring the Portuguese capital. Pine groves and sand dunes rup up against eachother on the hotel’s shoreline, which makes up a hush-hush stretch of Portugal’s whisper-quiet Costa de Prata. (Silver Coast). Made up of concrete and glass exterior with romantic rooms inside with suspended fireplaces, sheepskin throws and sea-facing terraces. One of the many highlights are the evening bonfires with acoustic music and wine…it’s the stuff barefoot beach holidays are made of.  Visit the hotel website.

Portugal, Europe

Sublime Comporta

Grandola, Portugal Portugal’s up-and-coming Alentejo region makes the perfect setting for Sublime Comporta. The aptly named hotel takes minimalist design to the max, with floor-to-ceiling windows that put the focus squarely on the surrounding sand dunes, wildflowers, and woodlands dense with umbrella pine. Cork walls and straw lampshades bring the outside into 45 rooms and villas (both shared and private). Some suites are set upon stilts over a biological pond; dive off your own terrace into its clear waters. Order a passionfruit mojito by the adults-only pool and then cozy up around the adjacent fire pit. Visit the hotel website.

 

Portugal, Europe

The Yeatman

Route De Ouarzazate, Km 12, Palmeraie Areias do Seixo makes the perfect beach break after exploring the Portuguese capital. Pine groves and sand dunes rup up against eachother on the hotel’s shoreline, which makes up a hush-hush stretch of Portugal’s whisper-quiet Costa de Prata. (Silver Coast). Made up of concrete and glass exterior with romantic rooms inside with suspended fireplaces, sheepskin throws and sea-facing terraces. One of the many highlights are the evening bonfires with acoustic music and wine…it’s the stuff barefoot beach holidays are made of.  Visit the hotel website.

Portugal, Europe
Sao Lorenco De Barrocal, Reguengos de Monsaraz

Monsaraz, Portugal   More than just the food comes to farm-fresh at Sao Lorenco de Barrrocal. he Royal Mansour is probably one of the most luxurious hotels in Morocco. Twisting alleyways and subterranean tunnels, lead to tranquil Andalusian courtyards and a serene spa. Visit the hotel website.

Convento do Espinheiro, Portugal Europe.
Convento Do Espinheiro, Evora

6 Rue Sidi Mimoun, Place Ben Tachfine, 40000 Marrakech  For an intimate hotel stay look no further than Villa des Orangers, a 27-bedroom Relais & Chateaux property in the heart of the Medina, with the feel of a riad but the facilities of a five-star hotel.  Visit the hotel website.

L'AND vineyard, Montemor-o-novo

2 Rue Ibn Batouta, 44000 Essaouira, Morocco If you’re looking for a sea breeze and the sand between your toes, then head to Morocco’s Atlantic coast where L’Heure Bleue’s famous roof top pool is one of our top pick in Essaouira. Visit the hotel website.

Portugal, Europe

The Yeatman

Route De Ouarzazate, Km 12, Palmeraie Areias do Seixo makes the perfect beach break after exploring the Portuguese capital. Pine groves and sand dunes rup up against eachother on the hotel’s shoreline, which makes up a hush-hush stretch of Portugal’s whisper-quiet Costa de Prata. (Silver Coast). Made up of concrete and glass exterior with romantic rooms inside with suspended fireplaces, sheepskin throws and sea-facing terraces. One of the many highlights are the evening bonfires with acoustic music and wine…it’s the stuff barefoot beach holidays are made of.  Visit the hotel website.

Portugal, Europe

Six Senses Douro Valley

Douar el Kabbaba El Khamssa skoura-Ouarzazate Located in the heart of Skoura palm grove, the Ksar El Kebbaba comes to life in the middle of lush greenness and precisely under the branches of an olive tree that witnessed the life of generations for more than three centuries. Visit the hotel website.

TOP EXPERIENCES IN Portugal

There are many incredible experiences to be had in Portugal. But if we were asked to choose our top 3, these would be it.

Cycling in Alentejo Portugal

Asni, Morocco Slowing down to see the world’ means seeing what others miss – and we’re the only ones going slowly enough to land exclusive invitations to Comenda Grande winery. Ride through Alentejo’s cork and olive groves, taste sublime reds, tour our friend’s farm-to-table estate, and experience the Goth architecture of Évora. We stake a spot on the gorgeous coast for two nights—discovering Arrábida Natural Park’s inimitable charm. Come explore Alentejo with us!

Camel trekking, Agafay Desert, Morocco, Africa

Wine Tasting in the Douro Valley

Inara Camp, Agafay Desert  The Inara Camp is set in the magical setting of the stony desert of Agafay. In the middle of a vast field of 10 hectares, the camp includes a restaurant, and 18 luxury tents with a splendid view of the desert. All tents offer ultimate level of comfort. Visit the hotel website.

Portugal, Europe.

Learn to Surf at Noah's Surf House

Avenida do Atlantico, no 2 A, Torres Vedras, Santa Cruz, Portugal. Noah Surf House lives in total respect and consonance with Mother Nature. It was born and raised with its eyes towards the sea. It is a surf house consisting of 8 rooms and 13 bungalows. Activities like Surf, Yoga, Skate, Stand Up Paddle, Liquid Balance, Trekking or Functional Training, are all on option at the Surf House. A place of joy, sun, sea, friends, family, sharing, smiles, surf, good food, emotions, creativity and experiences! Visit the hotel website.

 

Why book with Us?

Because we’ve been there!

Travel Expertise

Morocco’s real magic is in places only our local friends know – like hiking over remote mountain passes in the High Atlas Mountains, sipping herb-infused cocktails in a private riad, camel trekking to an off-limits Berber encampment and relaxing in the coastal beachside bohemian town of Essaouira.

So, what are you waiting for?

Let’s plan your trip! We look forward to getting started on your bespoke Portugal itinerary.

What they say

Don’t just take it from us, let our clients do the talking!

Notes from the road: A few trip highlights included: staying in a traditional Riad and pottery making in Fes, hiking in the Atlas Mountains (and staying at the incredible Kasbah Tamadot), exploring the souks of Marrakech, and so happy we got to spend 2 nights glamping in the Sahara desert and riding into the sunset on camelback – a truly once in a lifetime experience.

The Bell Family, March 2019

Family Adventure. Destination, Morocco, Africa

Our trip to Morocco was great and definitely exceeded my expectations. All the hotels were fabulous and the staff extremely helpful. The Branson retreat (Kabash Tamadot, Atlas Mountains) was amazing! I’d go back there in a flash. It was my favourite part of the trip. I always recommend you to friends and will be in touch again soon, to plan our next adventure.”

Patricia, Jack & Joshua Kay, August 2018

Family Adventure. Destination, Morocco, Africa

EXTEND YOUR JOURNEY

PAIRS WELL WITH …

Morocco tends to work as a stand-alone destination thanks to the variety of terrain and experiences it offers… but it’s only a short 30 minute flight from Marrakech to Seville (in Andalucia), so combining Morocco & Spain makes for a fantastic combination.