Sunny Portugal Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve
Explore sunny Portugal, with its miles of dramatic shoreline and legacy of global discovery. Discover Lisbon your way with a choice of included sightseeing. Enjoy a three-night stay in a beautiful resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Savor time to meander its narrow cobblestone streets, oceanfront promenade and quaint bay area. In Evora, step inside a medieval walled city with Roman ruins. Travel to Portugal's scenic “Silver Coast,” dotted with charming villages and castles. Enjoy a sense of country life with an overnight stay in the heart of Alentejo’s farms and vineyards. Find a wealth of Portuguese hand-made crafts like the famed azulejo hand painted tiles and unique items made of cork. Indulge in Portugal’s regional wines during two winery tours. Be swept away by melancholy Fado tunes. Explore the Algarve’s soft sandy beaches and classic fishing villages.
- Overnight among vineyards and farmland in the heart of the Alentejo region.
- Stop in historic Evora, known as the "Museum City of Portugal."
- Venture to Lagos, where Prince Henry the Navigator began his explorations.
The Algarve is alluring for its stunning coast and laidback feel. Coastal Algarve receives much acclaim for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. But it is also rich in history. There are Moorish and Renaissance influences abound. Here, the famous voyager, Prince Henry the Navigator, began his explorations and Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his epic voyage of discovery. The enchanting inner Algarve boasts pretty castle towns and historic villages, cork tree– and flower-covered hillsides, and birdlife.
The warm climate and reliable Portuguese sunshine welcome you to the green and fertile region of the Tagus Valley, dominated by Lisbon, the capital. Travel around Lisbon on its trams and funiculars, or the modern metro, whose stations are authentic underground works of art. Walking around Lisbon is a unique experience of Portuguese pavements, tiled houses and wrought-iron verandas. Here the night is enjoyed to the full especially on the riverside, with its wealth of sidewalk cafés, bars and discos, the Avenida 24 de Julho, and in the more traditional Bairro Alto or Alfama where you can enjoy the fado, songs from the Portuguese soul, played here in the Lisbon style.
Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon offers all the delights you’d expect of Portugal’s star attraction, yet with half the fuss of other European capitals. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums are all part of the colorful cityscape, but the real delights of discovery lie in wandering the narrow lanes of Lisbon’s lovely backstreets.
In the blue Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and America, the 9 islands of the archipelago are an autonomous region of Portugal. Rich in culture, abundant in wildlife and one of the best whale watching spots in the world. The array of activities offered means you could be visiting a UNESCO World Heritage site one day, walking up a snow-capped mountain and soaking in thermal rock pools the next day, and then swimming with wild dolphins and watching sperm whales the day after. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, nature lover or just want to relax on a beautiful exotic island, The Azores is an archipelago of lush green volcanic islands ready for you to explore.