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.
Lindeza. It means "prettiness" in Portuguese. And it's the best way to describe what you'll see as you hike through Sintra and into the Douro River Valley. Breathtaking natural beauty. Green hills rolling down to the dazzling Atlantic coast. Moorish castles and pastel palaces. Richly colored red wines and the champagne hues of Vinho Verde. From Lisbon to Porto. Que lindeza. What prettiness.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Lisbon / End Porto
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
We start our journey in Lisbon, an ancient city experiencing a renaissance | On an epic hike, discover Sintra's fairy-tale landscape and architectural highlights | Follow a trail to Cabo da Roca, a pristine windswept cape and the most westerly spot in mainland Europe | Explore famed Pena Palace on foot and admire its Romantic design during a private tour | Complete a day of hiking with flavorful Portuguese cuisine and wines at our charming hideaway.
A former 18th-century palace, this elegant old-world hotel offers a resplendent atmosphere and views of the Sintra mountains and the Castle of the Moors. Massage services available. (pool)
Travel to the lush Douro River Valley, a World Heritage landscape and home to world-class hiking | Walk on trails past terraced vineyards that plunge toward the riverbank | Experience varied terrain along a winding river that has transported wines, irrigated crops and carried adventurers from city to city for centuries | Pause for lunch—and a sampling of Port—at a traditional noble manor | Watch the sunset from our waterfront retreat.
On the banks of the Douro River, this enchanting property is set in a historic wine estate in the heart of the vineyard-laden World Heritage valley. (pool)
Explore Vinho Verde vineyards and tiny stone hamlets tucked away in the Marao mountains | Take a step back in time in the valley of Mafomedes | Hike peaceful paths and along a hand-picked section of the Camino de Santiago | Walk through forests and farmland that have been passed along through generations | Relax at the spa or soak up the landscape from the hotel pool, nestled in the vineyards | Extend your stay in Porto, a World Heritage city with splendid architecture and a rich history.
Appropriately named and with impeccable hospitality, this beautiful hotel is designed to engage all your senses in Portugal's spectacular wine country. (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
SMALL GROUP? TRY RENDEZVOUS | An extra leader and van for even more flexibility | Call us to book your Rendezvous.
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Note: The terrain on this trip varies from relatively level to rolling hills with some steeper climbs and descents on dirt and paved pathways, cobblestones, wooden walkways and occasionally, stairs. We are likely to encounter sections of uneven footing in the form of rocks, roots and possibly mud.
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. 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.