Portugal has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. It is the perfect location for sunseekers, whether you like to relax with a book and sunbathe, go for a swim, go sailing or take a surf class. With Portugal’s extensive Atlantic coastline of nearly 1700km, the beaches are very varied. From Algarve in the south with its orangey-yellow cliffs and warm golden sands, to Nazare further north with its marvellous vistas and big wave surfing, there is a beach for everyone. Our recommendations include the secluded, calm beaches or Arrabida, just south of Lisbon; the white-sanded, unspoilt vast beaches of Comporta and the wild, windswept beaches of the Silver Coast.
To many wine experts Portugal is the final frontier in Europe as in recent years there has been a surge of interest in Portuguese wines. There are many wines and wine regions to discover here and Portugal is in fact the 11th largest wine producer in the world! From the Douro Valley down to the Algarve many of the grape varieties in Portugal do not grow anywhere else in the world. The best way to experience Portuguese wines is via wine tourism and visiting wineries and the rural and boutique hotels in prime wine locations. Some have very modern hotels attached with impressive wineries and cellars that have invested in advanced technology. Check out some great wine tourism locations at Quinta do Vallardo and Quinta de Casaldronho.
With over 300 sunshine days a year, the Portuguese lifestyle is very much outside. The Portuguese are very social and love spending time with family and friends. Sport is super popular, either playing or watching. At the weekends you will see a busy cafe culture, with many Portuguese sipping espressos outside a cafe, or taking a walk along the beach or through the city parks. The amazing weather gives you so many opportunities for getting out and about all year round! Plus the friendly and welcoming nature of the Portuguese also makes it a great country to feel at home in fast. We love eating lunch at the beach or taking a hike in the mountains.
Portugal’s nature is beautiful at every turn. This country really has it all – sandy beaches, rugged coastline and sea caves; rural areas of scattered cork trees and rolling meadows; steep mountains with waterfalls, rock pools and blue lagoons; vineyards, rice fields, river beaches, lakes, forests and hilltop highs dotted with lost ruins and sacred sites. Amongst the nature there are so many actives and experiences to be had including wild swimming, hiking, birdwatching, caving, climbing and foraging. Portugal offers a vast selection of good campsites, including wild camps for stargazing and yurts for more luxurious stays. Are favourites experiences include Dark Sky Alqueva near Evora and tracking wolves in Côa Valley.
Portuguese food is pretty diverse with a variety of different flavours and spices, all discovered on their travels around the world in the 15th and 16th century. Fish remains a strong dish in Portuguese food, with sardines and bacalhau (cod fish) being widely popular. Pork and beef are always used extensively due to farming methods in Portugal. Most interestingly many desserts were developed in the monasteries and convents. These religious orders were responsible for the creation of such delights as Pastéis de Belém (a special recipe of Pasteis de Nata egg custard tart); Papos de Anjo also known as Angels Double Chin; Sericaia, an egg-based dessert from Alentejo and Toucinho do Céu, an almond cake make with pork lard.
Portugal rich and colourful past can be seen through the diverse monuments positioned across the country. Over time Portugal was inhabited by the Celts, the Romans and the Moors, all adding to the unique structures, architectural styles and monuments which remain today. Some of the most famous Portuguese monuments include the colourful fairytale palace in Sintra, Palacio da Pena, the spooky Chapel of Bones in Evora, Knights Templar Castle and Convent of Christ in Tomar, Clérigos Tower & Church in Porto; Alcobaça Monastery in Alcobaça, Guimarães Castle in Guimarães and Paço das Escolas at the University of Coimbra.
Why Portugal and why us?
If you are thinking of coming to Portugal for vacation, then we hope Classic Portugal Tours will be your choice of tour company. We offer private tours in Portugal, multi-day tours and bespoke tours. If you are still wondering whether to plan a trip we wish to share just a few of the things we love about Portugal…
Beaches in Portugal are some of the best in Europe. Explore stunning Lisbon secret beaches, the serenity of Comporta or go see the big waves of Nazare. Sightseeing in Portugal could not be better. Enjoy cultural guided tours including the Sintra moorish castle, grand monuments of Lisbon and the charming village of Obidos. We offer bespoke tours all over the country including Aveiro, Monsaraz and Coimbra in Portugal. Just tell us where you want to go and we create perfect bespoke Portugal tours.
As a leading Portugal private tours company with high quality tours, our number one priority is customer service. There are many places to visit from Lisbon. Our Portugal private tours include certified tour guides who will enter all monuments with you. Learn the history and culture of Portugal and impress your friends back home!