Head to Alentejo in September (the grape harvest season) and you'll be able to get involved in making your own wine from start to finish. It’s especially fun to participate in the moon harvest of the grapes at midnight.
Flora, Original Traveller
Portugal is a little place with a lot to do on a luxury holiday. The capital Lisbon is an old Original Travel favourite, and one of Europe’s most attractive and accessible capitals; the Algarve is one of the sunniest places around with some of the best beaches in Europe; and Madeira is an island gem fast overcoming a perception problem. But you knew all that. What you might not know is the bits in between, such as Alentejo, straddling the entire country from just south of Lisbon to the Algarve in the south and full of beautiful cork oak forests, elegant wine estates, miles of deserted beaches and the achingly hip beach town of Comporta, Portugal’s best kept secret. Then there’s the second city of Porto, a perfect city break destination and the gateway to the beautiful Douro Valley, home to chic boutique hotels and many of Portugal’s finest – and hugely under-rated – winemakers.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Lisbon is a deeply civilised city, with excellent boutique hotels and a pumping nightlife
- Wine tasting, be that in the Douro Valley or Alentejo. Portuguese wines are a wonder waiting to be enjoyed in situ. You can't escape the importance of Port wine in the up and coming city of Porto. Its production is prominent, and a visit to a cave is a must if you're on holiday in the area - followed by a glass in one of the many buzzing wine bars, of course
- The beautiful Alentejo and Algarve coastline boasts secluded wild sandy beaches that often, you'll just be sharing with a few surfers