Portugal is the new hottest travel destination and one of the reasons for that is the country's strong wine tradition, and the excellent quality of its wines and culinary treats, well there's more to it, let us guide you through...
As you ponder over your next travel move, we give you a handful of reasons why you should book your next tour in Portugal with us.
1. All the best experiences booked in one place.
One of the trickiest things when travelling is figuring out the best places to stay, eat, and visit. It is a different country, language, and flavors to try for the first time. If one goes wrong, it can throw off some precious vacations. That's why it is so important to make the right decision. And, though the internet has made it far easier, it is still a time-consuming, often overwhelming task, not always leading to reliable information.
From putting together the itinerary to booking all the extras, setting out on a trip requires a lot of preparation. The good news is, you don't have to worry about it.
Aware of all that and familiar to the outstanding diversity of wine places and experiences available in Portugal, Wine Tourism in Portugal made it easier to find and to book the best curated selection online. Need help planning your tour? Request to our concierges a tailor-made tour. We have made our name on making the right choices for our clients every time. Working with the right people is our top-priority, and the key to create a smooth travel experience for you and your loved ones. Making your vacation planning easy and effortless, with the guarantee of meeting your needs and exceed your standards.
Everyone seems to be coming to Portugal right now. So much so that, Portugal has won the title of leading destination 2018 at the "Tourism Oscars" World Travel Awards. Lisbon, Porto and Douro Valley, for instance, have never been so popular. Despite that we are a small country so hurry up, and book your experiences in advance, so you can enjoy all that you deserve.
2. The unique wine and food experiences in Portugal.
What to do when visiting Lisbon?
The Portuguese capital has become unexpectedly fashionable as travelers from all around the world set foot upon this historical yet cosmopolitan city. And there's no better way to know a place than through its food and wine. Plan a light lunch or dinner at one of the most popular wine bars in the city - By the Wine - which bottle-covered sealing is nothing short of Instagrammable. Pair the incredible wine portfolio of José Maria da Fonseca with traditional gastronomical staples - such as the epic charcuterie and cheese boards - as well as some other edgy options - like the incredible ceviche or quesadilla.
What to do when visiting Porto?
Only a three-hour drive North from Lisbon is Porto. The famous port wine is the namesake of the oceanfront city of Porto, a must-visit destination for wine lovers.
Head to the city's long-established port-wine cellars and take your pick between, among many, Graham's Port Lodge and Ferreira Wine Cellars.
The first alone will give you great views and excellent port wines. Their magnificent lodge is situated on a commanding ridge across the Douro River from Porto, affording spectacular views of Porto’s historic city center. For a more personal, in-depth experience, go with one of their private tours - specially crafted for all of our fellow wine geeks out there.
For a Portuguese-born wine experience, Ferreira Wine Cellars are the place to go. They belong to a century-old winemaking family, whose most famous member - a 19th century businesswoman named Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira - was behind the brand's continued and long-standing success. The best of the tasting tours is the Porto Vintage Visit, which offers you the chance to have a taste of, not one, but three - you guessed - Vintage Ports. By the end, you'll know more about port wine than you had imagined possible.
Once you are on the Gaia side of the river, stop by at Espaço Porto Cruz. This contemporary project was created with Port wine in mind, as a place where visitors can explore all things related to the production and culture of this traditional product, taking advantage of their multimedia resources. While there, you can also sample some wine paired with chocolate and cheese, or even have lunch or dinner, while enjoying all-around views of the city from their amazing rooftop.
What else to see in the North? The unique Douro Valley.
And, if you're in the area for more than a couple of days, don't miss out on the chance to head further inland to the Douro Valley. Worldly recognized for its wines and beautiful scenery, the river forms the backbone of the valley named after it. On the bordering slopes, vineyard terraces and rows were artfully carved into the land like steps, spotted here and there by century-old manors, among them the beautiful Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House. Billed as the first wine hotel in Portugal, visitors can take part in a number of wine-themed activities. At the in-house Terraçus Winery Restaurant there's no menu, and you will get served whatever is in season, splendidly paired with the property's wine.
The journey upriver is one of the most scenic routes in the world. The city's colorful townhouses give way to rows of terraced vineyards as you reach the heart of the Douro Valley. Near the picturesque wine town of Pinhão, you'll find Quinta das Carvalhas. This is one of the region's signature estates, with a breathtaking 360 degrees view over the surrounding valley. You can take a vineyard tour here, enjoy a wine tasting, and chat directly with the in-house agricultural engineer about one of the world’s most singular wine regions and its wines.
And what if I want to head South?
For those looking for a more bucolic setting, the Alentejo is the place to go. This sun-baked land - a couple of hours away from the capital - has been dubbed both the Provence and Tuscany of Portugal and is enjoying a growing popularity for its beautiful landscapes, and outstanding food and wine culture. If you are looking for the opportunity to spend the night at one of the region's incredible wine estates - without renouncing to the most exclusive comforts granted by modern-day resorts - we have the perfect pick for you. More than a hotel, L'AND Vineyards is an exclusive wine resort set in the heart of Alentejo. From the surrounding vineyards to the wine therapy spa by Caudalie, and the Michelin-starred restaurant, everything revolves around wine.
3. Plan in advance with a travel expert on your side.
When it comes to preparing for a trip, planning the details ahead of time is the best way to ensure everything runs smoothly. The first advantage of scheduling and working out the details of your travel earlier is the possibility of building a trusted network by getting in touch with authentic travel experts who have a vast experience in their field.
You will also be shown a number of options to select from - that might not be available otherwise - and get the opportunity to work through excellent prices and discount offers.
By booking with us, you'll have saved hours of research comparing hotels and experiences, cross-referencing 1001 review sites, save that time to savor our national dish, Codfish, cooked 1001 different delicious ways.
4. A customized tour adjusted to all your wants and needs.
Custom trips, as opposed to off-the-shelf programs, are building up a head of steam - and are only limited by your imagination. Our expertise is in creating an itinerary that runs smoothly and is perfectly suited to your needs.
Creating a custom trip begins with a Q&A session for the purpose of narrowing down possibilities to a realistic plan. You will work with one dedicated consultant, who will not only take time to listen to your requests, but also discuss different options with you.
No one knows better than you what you want. But our staff has the experience and knowledge to show what is available and what is possible.
All of this coupled with our knowledge of the country means you'll get the best out of the time you have to spend on your next tour in Portugal and fully enjoy it.
5. We are locals. Trust us, we know the best hidden treasures.
Whether you want to know where to go, how to get there, the finest places to stay or what to avoid at all costs, we probably know the answer. There are many hidden gems off the beaten path, and we are more than happy to help you access those real experiences that often only locals know about. And some of them, are less than a couple of hours drive away from an international airport.
Are you ready to have a sip of what Portugal has to offer? Let us know what are you looking forward to experience and we will plan your dream time here.