Region Overviews: Portugal Travel Guide: Overview
The oldest nation-state in Europe—it became the Kingdom of Portugal in 1139—Portugal is as steeped in history as it is in its own unique culture.
Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Levels 1-3
From: $5,299 - $5,799 pp dbl occ
($900 for sgl occ)
Quiet beaches, refreshing sea breezes and sun-drenched landscapes. Portugal is the place to have an adventure beyond the crowds. Bike past hillsides and vineyards. Hike along wild coastline. Surf rolling waves into the shore. Ride a horse through the sand. Wander to small towns filled with artists and farmers. And always indulge in the fresh catch of the day.
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Meet in Lisbon, Portugal’s stylish capital city | Journey to the Atlantic coast | Bike coastal roads in Serra da Arrábida | Explore the dramatic landscape and views of the turquoise sea at every turn | Take to the water for a kayaking adventure across the Setúbal Bay | Find your center in an all-levels yoga class | Hike through the bohemian village of Comporta | Relax on secluded beaches and cool off with a swim | Ride a wave as you learn how to surf from an expert | Dine in charming coastal towns where surfers mingle with artists and farmers.
This extraordinary wellness resort was designed by Portuguese architect Miguel Câncio Martins, whose dedication to honoring traditional structures and the natural environment is matched only by his keen eye for detail. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
Travel towards the country’s southern heart | Standup paddleboard on top of a glittering lagoon | Bike the Alentejo’s rolling hills, admiring summer vineyards and inviting olive groves | Visit the UNESCO world heritage town of Evora, famous for its Roman ruins, and discover Alentejo wine in a 14th century chapel | Pause to learn about Portugal's orchards of cork oak tree—this region produces nearly half the world’s cork | Wander in the village of Montemor-o-Novo and see its famous castle | Vacation and dine on exceptional cuisine at our luxurious hotel.
Surrounded by vineyards, this outstanding resort blends modern design with elegance and simplicity. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
Portugal's landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys, and the continuously rolling terrain, as well as high heat in the summer months, can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for bike options specific to this trip (click the arrow to see more). Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
The slower pace, relaxed approach to life and old-world qualities in Portugal are some of the highlights of this spectacular region and are reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. That said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other parts of Europe. Additionally, while the Premiere hotels we've chosen are some of the finest in the country, they may seem a bit simpler than the Backroads European standard. The same can be said for Portuguese cuisine, which is traditionally a celebration of local flavors but is also bit more rustic than other places we visit in Europe.
Due to variable ocean tides and weather conditions, the day and time of activities may vary somewhat by departure.