Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches: the Portugal experience can be many things. History, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning…

The Portuguese Table

Freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, red wine or crisp vinho verde, chargrilled fish, cataplana (seafood stew), smoked meats – the Portuguese have perfected the art of cooking simple, delicious meals. Sitting down to table means experiencing the richness of Portugal’s bountiful coastline and fertile countryside. Of course, you don’t have to sit; you can take your piping-hot pastel de nata (custard tart) standing up at an 1837 patisserie in Belém, or wander through scenic vineyards sipping the velvety ports of the Douro valley. You can shop the produce-filled markets, or book a table in one of the country’s top dining rooms.

Why I Love Portugal

By Regis St Louis, Writer
I’m enamoured by the scenery, the rhythms of village life and Portugal’s outstanding (and underrated) food and wine. I love exploring the hidden beaches along the Costa Vicentina, taking picturesque walks in the Serra da Estrela (where I still bump into shepherds during a day’s outing), and roaming in less-visited corners of the Alentejo – such a magical place for discovering the traditional soul of Portugal. But it’s the Portuguese themselves who make this country so special. Despite the sometimes dour exterior (it’s just a façade!), they’re among the kindest and most warm-hearted people on earth.

Ghosts of the Past

Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians all left their mark on the Iberian nation. Here, you can gaze upon 20,000-year-old stone carvings in the Vila Nova de Foz Côa, watch the sunset over mysterious megaliths outside Évora or lose yourself in the elaborate corridors of Unesco World Heritage Sites in Tomar, Belém, Alcobaça or Batalha. You can pack an itinerary visiting palaces set above mist-covered woodlands, craggy clifftop castles and stunningly preserved medieval town centres.

Rhythms of Portugal

Festivals pack Portugal’s calendar. Drink, dance and feast your way through all-night revelries like Lisbon’s Festa de Santo António or Porto’s Festa de São João. There are kick-up-your-heels country fairs in the hinterlands, and rock- and world-music fests all along the coast. Any time of year is right to hear the mournful music of fado in the Alfama, join the dance party in Bairro Alto or hit the bars in Porto, Coimbra and Lagos.

Cinematic Scenery

Outside the cities, Portugal’s beauty unfolds in all its startling variety. You can go hiking amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês or take in the pristine scenery and historic villages of the little-explored Beiras. Over 800km of coast offers more places to soak up the splendour. Gaze out over dramatic end-of-the-world cliffs, surf stellar breaks off dune-covered beaches or laze peacefully on sandy islands fronting calm blue seas. You’ll find dolphin watching in the lush Sado Estuary, boating and kayaking along the meandering Rio Guadiana, and memorable walks and bike rides all across the country.
Source: Lonely planet

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Arrive in Lisbon

Arrive at Lisbon Airport and head to Tivoli Seteais Palace Hotel, a 5-star romantic Palace from the XVIII Century. There will be a quick briefing about the tour before a sumptuous dinner. Stay overnight in Sintra.

Day 2 - Cultural Day in UNESCO listed Heritage city of Sintra / Visit the Park, National Palace of Pena, Palace of Monteiro, the Millionaire

Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Cultural Landscape. Explore the historic monuments here. In the morning, visit the Park and National Palace of Pena. In Sintra it's almost mandatory to taste the delicious local pastries, either the travesseiros (puff pastry pillow shape sweets) or 'queijadas de Sintra' (Sintra tartlets), at the famous local bakery, Piriquita. Visit Regaleira Palace and Estate. Stay for the night in Sintra.

Day 3 - Sintra Forest / Cape Roca / Charming village of Cascais

Head to the coast, stopping at the westernmost point of Europe - Cape Roca, with breath-taking seaside cliffs and spectacular scenery. After lunch, move towards Cascais, a colourful and cosmopolitan town with elegant pedestrian streets, luxuriant villas, fashionable shops, restaurants and bars. Your destination for the night is the Pousada de Cascais. Stay overnight in Cascais.

Day 4 - Atlantic Ocean towards Lisbon (Belem Quarters)

After breakfast, head towards Lisbon, along the Atlantic Ocean. Cycle to the Belem Quarter with some impressive monuments harking back to a glorious past of discoveries. Spend your night in Lisbon.

Day 5 - Lisbon / Sights around Lisbon / Taste the famous pastries by the Jeronimos Monastery

Cycle to the spot where the caravels left Portugal to discover new worlds, and explore Lisbon all the way to the downtown. On the way back, taste the world famous pastries "pastel de nata" at the Jeronimos Monastery. Stay overnight in Lisbon.

Day 6 - Yacht cruise to Seixal Bay / Gourmet vineyard picnic / Cycling into Setubal city / Ferry ride to Troia Peninsula

After breakfast, head for an unforgettable yacht cruise to Seixal Bay, dotted with small villas along the coast. Your destination is Azeitao, known for its red wine. Later, visit the Jose Maria da Fonseca Winery. From here, cycle to Setubal city and then take the ferry to the Troia Peninsula. After dinner, take a walk to the Yacht Marina to celebrate the end of your cycling tour of Portugal. Spend the night in Troia.

Day 7 - Transfer to Lisbon Airport

Proceed to Lisbon Airport in the morning to catch your return flight.