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.
One or more kids 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok) | Min age to ride e-bike 16+
Family — Older Teens & 20s
6 days 5 nights
Activity Level: 1-3
From: $5,399 pp dbl occ
($1,050 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. Kayak over turquoise waters. Wander friendly small towns. And always 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 cosmopolitan capital city | Hike on windswept bluffs high above the unspoilt beaches of Arrifana | Sample freshly caught fish in seaside towns filled with artists and locals | Walk near our hotel's forested grounds or treat yourself to a massage at its decadent spa | Weave through breathtaking grottos and sandy colored rock formations as you kayak the Algarve caves | Bike the rolling hills of the serra, past cork trees, coastal pines and vast fields.
Nestled in a breathtaking landscape that stretches from a plateau to the ocean, this nature-inspired refuge is the perfect place to rejuvenate. (pool, spa)
Hike the famous Fisherman's trail, a path stretching over 200km of the rugged coast of the Alentejo region | Spend the afternoon cycling past windmills, charming clusters of whitewashed houses and spectacular coastal views | Walk through photographic Cais Palatifica, a quaint spot filled with wooden buildings, long narrow piers and gorgeous waterfront views | Sip a coffee in the seaside town of Comporta while you browse some of its bohemian stores | Savor lunch at a beautiful adega | Test your balance in a beginner's surf lesson | Pedal through the Serra da Grandola where a challenging climb culminates in panoramic views of the glittering sea below | Stand-up paddleboard on a picturesque lagoon.
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)
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! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.
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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. Rarely, an activity may be canceled because of bad weather and/or conditions. If this is the case, your leaders will have alternative options planned.