Luxury holidays in Torres Vedras
Back in the early 19th century, the Duke of Wellington used this seaside city as a pawn in his martial chess-game with the French. At Wellington’s command, clusters of fortresses – the Lines of Torres Vedras – bristled along the coastline, repelling the would-be invaders. Today, Torres is a far more peaceful proposition. Where Wellington trod, the surfers followed, bringing their boards to the glittering beaches, and revelling in the sandy seclusion. The landscape is a visual tapestry: green-gold vineyards, shimmering turquoise coves, golden sand dunes, windmill-topped hills and crumbling castles. You could come here for the region’s ruby-red and sparkly white wines alone – like the landscapes, they’re intoxicating.
When to go
Warm summers, mild winters and an ever-present Atlantic breeze make this a destination with all-year allure.
PlanesLisbon airport is a half-hour drive away. British Airways (britishairways.com) and TAP (flytap.com) both fly direct from London to Lisbon; TAP also operates direct flights from Newark in the US to the city.
TrainsIt takes an hour and a half to get from Lisbon to Torres Vedras by train, and the journey involves frequent stops and at least one change. For a smoother (and quicker) ride, hop on one of the frequent buses from Lisbon’s Campo Grande terminal to Torres Vedras (around 40 minutes).
AutomobilesA car is a good idea if you’re planning on exploring the nearby towns but if you’re tying in a trip to Lisbon, ditch your wheels beforehand – driving in Lisbon can be a hair-whitening experience.
TaxisCabs are hard to come by, so avoid stressful searches or long waits by asking your hotel to book transfers.