Luxury Portugal vacations

Portugal

Known for its spectacular Algarve beaches, world-class wine regions and one of Europe’s fastest-growing creative communities, Portugal is a country rich in tradition and boasting a thriving culture. Miles of pristine beaches provide a luxurious coastal escape during the day, whilst picturesque regional towns provide a wonderful contrast with stunning architecture, unique cuisine and dreamy fado music.

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Without a doubt, Portugal is Europe’s most up-and-coming destination. It’s become hugely popular in recent years thanks to an influx of artists and creative industry, and that process continues to accelerate. Portugal is a fairly small country and a wonderful place to combine different areas into one all-encompassing trip.

For a taste of Portugal’s thriving urban centres, combine Porto and Lisbon into one twin-centre itinerary. Both of these port cities have a rich medieval history, with cobblestone streets and iconic squares all waiting to be explored. They also each have a vibrant and buzzing atmosphere, with a myriad of wonderful bars and restaurants where you can spend long nights sipping port and meeting the locals.

The Algarve is ideal if you’d like a more relaxing beach vacation complete with gently crashing waves and awe-inspiring cliff faces. There’s some gorgeous resorts here that specialize in wellness, with yoga and mindfulness sessions to help you feel calm and at peace. This region is also great for hiking, with coastal paths boasting views that will take your breath away.

Portugal is also home to a breathtaking array of luxury hotels and boutique properties which span a range of styles and sizes from charmingly rustic B&Bs to sprawling cliff-top resorts. The unique natural environments found throughout the country have fostered the emergence of several sports and leisure industries such as golf and surfing – both of which can be explored and enjoyed with one of Out Of Office’s tailor-made itineraries.


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Portugal is an ever-popular year-round destination. Lisbon has emerged as Europe’s up-and-coming city. Portugal is great to visit in the summer season, but it’s also a great place to go later in the year when many other places are cold...

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"If you like food, surfing or simply sightseeing, Portugal is somewhere you just have to visit. I personally adore Lisbon for its booming culinary scene and colourful backstreet bars and cafes."

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If you are looking for the perfect beach vacation but don’t want to travel a long way to reach it, Portugal is a fabulous destination to consider. The Algarve, which is located in the South of Portugal is blessed with wonderful sunshine and a gorgeous picturesque coastline defined by light, rocky cliffs and surging turquoise waters. In addition to stunning scenery, there are lots of high-end hotels to stay at, ranging from boutique properties to all-inclusive resorts.

Portugal is also a great destination for LGBTQ+ travelers thanks to its progressive equality laws and rapidly changing social attitudes. You’ll find a big LGBTQ+ community in Lisbon and a plethora of gay bars and clubs to enjoy. There are also gay beaches and LGBTQ+-focused resorts throughout Portugal and a calendar of annual pride events to discover.

Fill your days with sun, surfing and sand and your evenings with casual dinners and live entertainment available in any of Portugal’s local towns. Head to the beach bars and discos and dance the night away under a starlit sky. The Algarve is also home to several beautiful castles, so if you fancy a break from the beach, there are plenty of cultural activities to explore.

Portugal’s capital Lisbon has a wonderful culture hidden behind its fortified walls. This gothic yet glamorous city is a lovely addition to tag onto your beach vacation and there are plenty of iconic sites to see and fascinating experiences to indulge in, including a trip to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos Lisbon’s most famous monastery. Visit the Castelo de São Jorge – one of Lisbon’s famous castles, built in the 2nd century BC and gradually expanded in the years since.

The state of LGBTQ+ rights in Portugal improved dramatically in the 2000s and queer people in the country now enjoy a suite of legal protections that are among some of the best in the world. Portugal boasts a world-leading approach to recognising gender in law and travelers can expect to feel safe and accepted throughout their trip.

Portugal is home to no shortage of gorgeous coastal environments, but if you are looking for a great beach vacation then the Algarve is the perfect destination. Along with the beautiful sandy beaches, awe-inspiring cliff faces and warm Mediterranean sea, the Algarve has a lot to offer in terms of culture and entertainment. The Algarve boasts a stunning array of castles, forts and ancient monasteries as well as a string of small coastal towns littered with a plethora of intimate nightlife spots and boutique hotels.

Why not pair your sunny beach vacation with a stop in Lisbon, the country’s capital? After the tranquil landscapes of the Algarve, Lisbon promises to offer a dose of cultural stimulation and colourful excitement. There are plenty of unmissable spots to visit as a couple, solo traveler or even with the entire family.

Pico island is located in the middle of the North Atlantic Sea but is still a part of Portugal’s national territory. This tiny island can be reached via Lisbon, and is also home to the highest mountain in the country. The off-the-beaten-track island is a great addition if you are looking to visit somewhere unique that makes for stunning photographs and is great if you want to avoid tourists.

Things to do in Portugal

Livraria Lello

Bask in culture and beauty with a visit to the stunning Livraria Lello, one of the world’s most renowned bookstores located in the city of Porto. Founded in 1906, the library is considered an iconic symbol of Portugal’s cultural heritage. Its interior architecture is awe-inspiring too — featuring neoclassical wooden staircases and stained-glass roof-windows—and its collection of books is simply amazing. Whether you’re a book enthusiast or just want to take pictures, make sure to put Livraria Lello on your must-see list while visiting Porto.

Serra da Estrela

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, heading to Portugal’s highest mountain range is a must-do excursion. Serra da Estrela offers breathtaking views and unique adventures thanks to the acres of rolling meadows, dense pine forests and shimmering lakes which have made it one of the continent’s most treasured natural expanses.

Alentejo Coast

Portugal’s Alentejo Coast is a beautiful destination for an unforgettable road trip. Tourists will be wowed by the stunning views of pine forests, rocky cliffs, and charming towns. Diners can savor delicious seafood from the cozy seaside restaurants and admire the gorgeous views of the sea. Nature lovers can explore the spectacular nature reserves, while horseback riders will be entranced by the rolling hills throughout. There’s something for everyone in this magnificent coastal spot.

  • January

    5°C - 15°C

    The coldest month for visiting Portugal, the further north you get, the lower the temperatures will be.

  • February

    5°C - 15°C

    February is the last month of winter in Portugal and visitors will be able to enjoy milder temperatures.

  • March

    10°C - 15°C

    Whilst March still sees a few rain showers, the onset of spring makes it a great time for sightseeing in Portugal.

  • April

    15°C - 20°C

    With higher temperatures and fewer rain showers, April is a great time to visit Portugal.

  • May

    15°C - 20°C

    May is the last month of Portugal's spring and a time of increasing day-time temperatures.

  • June

    15°C - 25°C

    Portugal's summer runs from June to August and visiting in these months will afford you clear skies and balmy temperatures.

  • July

    15°C - 25°C

    Portugal's summer runs from June to August and visiting in these months will afford you clear skies and balmy temperatures.

  • August

    15°C - 25°C

    Portugal's summer runs from June to August and visiting in these months will afford you clear skies and balmy temperatures.

  • September

    15°C - 25°C

    September is a favourite time for European locals to visit Portugal thanks to smaller crowds and mild to warm weather.

  • October

    15°C - 20°C

    October brings beautiful autumn colors and some gloriously clear days.

  • November

    10°C - 15°C

    The beginning of winter in Portugal, November marks the start of cooler temperatures across the country.

  • December

    5°C - 15°C

    December is one of the coldest months in Portugal and sees much fewer tourists visiting.

Lisbon, Porto and Faro airports are reached from international destinations as well as many countries within Europe. Most international airlines will offer flights into Portugal, and the majority of the country’s airports are well-maintained and offer an easy transit experience.

Traveling by train is an efficient way to reach and explore Portugal. The country’s extensive rail network enables visitors to access cities, towns and villages throughout the country. Interrail Pass holders from any European country can take advantage of discounts when traveling within Portugal. To plan a journey, visit Rail Europe which lists various routes, schedules and international services available.

For those looking to get to Portugal by boat, there are a variety of ferry routes available to many major ports such as the Port of Lisbon, Leixões and Setúbal. Tickets should be booked well in advance, and for those wanting an additional adventure, a number of cruise providers offer weekly cruises around the islands of the Azores or mainland Portugal.

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