Portugal

Portugal is fast emerging as the perfect cultural and luxurious destination for your next European holiday. With stunningly diverse landscapes, bountiful vineyards and chic cities it's a destination to add to your bucket list. So whether you're looking for a jam-packed city stopover in Lisbon or to spend a week driving along the coast and through the Douro Valley, a visit to Portugal has much to offer the curious traveller.

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In A Nutshell

Lisbon's Alfama district, with its labyrinthine alleyways, hidden courtyards and curving, shadow-filled lanes

Small really is beautiful in a country where you’re rarely more than 100 miles from the sea. You’ll be surprised at the variety on offer here. The neighbourhoods and hillsides of Lisbon justify several days of poking around, discovering a place which feels like it’s changed only just enough in recent decades. Further north, Porto is far more than the gateway to the Douro Valley (and its unmissable vineyard-covered slopes and dark sweet wines)—it’s one of the prettiest and liveliest coastal cities in Europe. All over, there are historical sites to knock your socks off: grand palaces contrasting with unchanged towns and villages of eye-popping beauty. The epicurean traveller can enjoy the best of hillside and seaside that gives Portuguese cuisine its distinctive hearty character. And, yes, everyone should flop on the beach for a rest-cure of surfing, cycling, sun-bathing or sangria and more, for your taste of Europe’s best coastline. So, for a honeymoon, a family escapes, as part of a longer European trip, or as a stand-alone top-to-tail journey, bear in mind that Portugal has been hiding its cards up its sleeve, and prepare to be surprised.

Hotels

from backpacker chic to fit-for-royalty

There is a huge variety of hotels across South Africa, from backpacker chic to fit-for-royalty. One of the best things about the country is its complete and mature infrastructure—at any price point, if you can’t get abound. There are plenty of big chain hotels here too, but so many great smaller places that it doesn’t usually make sense to use them. Food and service in most properties is top notch—if you could fault South Africa’s hotels for anything it’s for being too polished. into one place there are still other good options. For people who like smaller properties with local flavour, there’s plenty to go around—farm stays, tented camps and lavish luxury lodges There is a huge variety of hotels across South Africa, from backpacker chic to fit-for-royalty. One of the best things about the country is its complete and mature infrastructure—at any price point, if you can’t get abound. There are plenty of big chain hotels here too, but so many great smaller places that it doesn’t usually make sense to use them. Food and service in most properties is top notch—if you could fault South Africa’s hotels for anything it’s for being too polished. into one place there are still other good options.

Experiences

Breath Taking Experience in Portugal

A slow boat cruise along the stunningly beautiful Douro Valley ranks up there with the best travel experiences in Europe. Or you might want to catch an amazing sunset by sailing along the Tagus in Lisbon, or spend a day out on a fishing boat exploring stunning beaches, rock formations, and coves in the Algarve

Portugal is a fantastic place to spend a few days cycling through gorgeous countryside, stopping in at rustic quintas to taste lusty wines, all with vehicle support and a private chef preparing gourmet picnics along the way.

Revel in the warmth of the winter sun as you explore the levadas and beautiful gardens of Madeira, the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’.

Discover the green hills of the Serra de Sintra and walk on the rugged Atlantic coast accompanied by the sound of crashing waves

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