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 — Teens & Kids
6 days 5 nights
Activity Levels 1-3
From: $5,199 pp dbl occ
($1,000 for sgl occ)
Warm beaches and sun-drenched landscapes. Portugal has unlimited ways to venture beyond the crowds. Bring your family and pedal through serene hillsides. Hike trails along the sea. Learn to surf the rolling waves. Sample Portuguese cuisine. Wander friendly local towns. Indulge in the fresh catch of the day, every day. This is the good life.
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Meet in Lisbon, Portugal’s stylish capital city | Journey toward the Atlantic coast | Ride rolling hills along parts of the Camino de Santiago, a famous pilgrimage of medieval origin | Cycle family-friendly routes through sleepy towns and iconic Alentejo landscapes | Visit Santiago de Cacem, an ancient city with Roman ruins | Learn about Portuguese olive oil and sample various types | Adults taste local wines at a classic Portuguese finca while the youngsters join our Kids Adventure Leader for an afternoon of fun.
Located with perfect views of the Santiago de Cacem city center, this property has modern accents and an open kitchen serving flavorful traditional Alentejo cuisine. (pool)
Trek along the rugged coast of southwest Alentejo | Sip a coffee or fresh squeezed orange juice in the charming fishing town of Porto Covo | Pause to take in groves of cork oak tree—this region produces nearly half the world’s cork | Sample the catch of the day in the town of Arrifana, a dramatic coastal village with classic whitewashed houses | Awaken your muscles and mind in an all-levels yoga class | Learn to ride a wave at a beginner’s surf lesson.
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)
Walk the cobblestoned streets of Silves, a town famous for its intact Moorish castle | Explore the famous cliff formations of the Algarve as you kayak by impressive coastal caves | Luxuriate at our fabulous hotel, perhaps opting for a spa treatment | Hike along limestone cliffs | Return to Lisbon to enjoy its elegant boulevards, tiny cobblestone streets and knock-out shopping and dining.
Just a five-minute walk from the beach, the layout of this hotel is built for feasting the eyes with rooftop pools overlooking the ocean, curated artwork and a variety of gorgeous Algarve tiles. (spa, pool)
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.