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 the 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.
Lisbon has several top class hotels, whether
your luxury holiday requirement is grand dame or boutique chic, and
we know them all. We can also recommend the best surf school, and
the finest family hotel, in the Algarve, which is the perfect destination
for short-breakers in need of a fix of sun, sea and sand, and also
families who want pretty much guaranteed good weather.
Out in the Atlantic, Madeira enjoys a mild, sub-tropical climate that has
been likened to 'eternal spring'. Once seen as a destination for
senior citizens only, Madeira is shedding its fusty image, and the
island's climate and landscapes make it ideal for all kinds of
outdoor pursuits. As an addition to your luxury holiday itinerary,
Original Travel can arrange the following methods of proving just
how youthful and vigorous you are, including trekking,
mountain-biking, paragliding, rock-climbing, surfing, windsurfing,
sailing and diving.
Finally, and more off the beaten track, are the soon to be
discovered luxury holiday gems of Alentejo, home to a range of hip hotels, and in
the north the second city (but with the first nightlife), Porto and the beautiful Douro Valley.
Our fantastic Europe team are here to help with every detail of
your luxury Portugal holiday, from where to taste fantastic
Portuguese cuisine (at DOP restaurant nestled deep in the Douro
Valley, owned by Rui Paula - Portugal's answer to Jamie Oliver) to
where the best surfing beaches are. Portugal is an old Original
Travel favourite, as a great destination for families, and now we
are seeing more and more boutique hotels cropping up, making it an
ideal holiday spot for a couple's retreat or a city break.