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.
Family — Older Teens & 20s
6 days 5 nights
Activity Levels 1-3
From: $5,499 pp dbl occ
($900 for sgl occ)
Warm beaches and sun-drenched landscapes. Portugal has unlimited ways to venture off the beaten path. Bike through serene hillsides. Hike coastal trails. Learn to surf the rolling waves. Ride along the coast on horseback. Wander friendly small towns. And at family dinners, indulge in the fresh catch of the day.
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Start your active family adventure in Lisbon, Portugal’s chic capital city | Travel to Arraiolos in the country’s southern heart | Ride the Alentejo’s rolling hills amid lush vineyards and inviting olive groves | Marvel at orchards of cork oak trees—this region produces nearly half the world’s cork! | Wander in the village of Montemor-o-Novo | Bike through sleepy towns and iconic Alentejo landscapes | Enjoy a family lunch at a historic farm and estate | Sample chocolate and learn how it’s made on a visit to the Royal Cacao Company | Play and unwind 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)
Journey to the Atlantic coast | Hike coastal trails in Serra da Arrábida | Explore the dramatic landscape of this protected nature park, with views of the turquoise sea at every turn | Soak up the sun on secluded beaches and cool off with a swim in a quiet bay | Head out on Fat Tyre e-bikes as you cruise over sand dunes and through rice fields | Ride horseback along Portugal's sandy central coastline | Learn to surf with a pro at pristine beaches | Dine in the unforgettable fishing village of Comporta, where surfers mingle with artists and farmers | Taste local wines at a classic Portuguese finca | Roll out your mat in an all-levels morning yoga class at our world-class wellness retreat, or complete your Portuguese vacation with a stand-up paddleboard session | Perhaps simply opt for a lazy morning enjoying the amenities at our idyllic escape.
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)
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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.