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Destinations in Portugal
Known for its cork trees and rolling plains, the stunning region of Alentejo offers visitors a genuine sense of Portuguese rural life.
The southerly Algarve is Portugal’s sand-flanked footnote. An ever-mild climate and broad beaches lined with shallow bays make it the country’s postergirl for seaside family holidays, with a smattering of surfers attracted by its Atlantic rollers.
Former fishing village, Cascais (‘kesh-kysh’) grew into a genteel summer resort under the patronage of the Portuguese royal family.
This north-western patch of Portugal is golden by name ('Douro') and golden by nature, with sepia-tinged hills and amber-hued valleys.
Once the stamping ground of Romans, Moors and Crusaders, this historic hillside city has culture, cobbles, cafés, cable cars and cod aplenty.
Rising from the banks of the Douro passing through it, Porto is a hilly, historic mix of bridges, Baroque churches and narrow mediaeval alleys…
This rugged coastal region of northern Lisbon plays three roles, each of them well: respected wine region, aquatic playground, and historic stronghold.
From the blog
Tales from our travels
Having removed bed-facing plasma TVs, formal service and the ubiquitous minibar from the menu, Areias do Seixo has set about redefining luxury, giving nature a starring role: fresh fruit in rooms and furnishings carved from wood. Inside Nha Cretcheu, the futuristic grey stone walls and floors create an austere space, yet the more natural touches – an elevated four-poster bed with a frame hewn from slender wooden boughs, a neatly stacked log pile next to the cosy fireplace, a collection of floor cushions, a private Jacuzzi and an astonishing view of the ocean – all result in a surprisingly relaxing environment.