Holidays in Mainland Portugal

Portugal is a compact land packed full of historic, natural and cultural interest. For so small a country, it offers an astonishing array of natural splendours: great rivers, dense forests, lush valleys, rolling hills, exciting mountain ranges and long stretches of glorious white, sandy beaches.

The history of the country, and her cultural influences, is as rich as her natural landscape is diverse. Portugal was once, of course, a great Empire, colonising large parts of Africa, China, America and Malaysia. Gold from Brazil provided for magnificent Baroque buildings and gilded alter carvings. Exotic fruits and oriental spices changed gastronomic traditions forever, and Oporto and Lisbon are awash with memories of the great explorers, Prince Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama.

But Portugal was colonised too and there is also a surprising variety of architectural sites, reflecting a succession of occupying civilisations from the Ibero-Celts to the Christian reconquest. Romanesque temples, Baroque castles and numerous hidden churches all bear witness to a colourful past, as do ordinary village houses adorned with beautiful azulejo tiles and topped with Moorish-style chimney pots.

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Porto Coastal Cycling

Cycling from Porto to Furadouro

From $1860 per person

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Varied beach-front cycling along some of the most spectacular stretches of coast we've ever seen! Starting in wine capital, Porto, your route heads south beach and bay-hopping to Aveiro, Portugal's Venice before finishing beside the beach at Praia de Mira.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals included
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Porto to Coimbra Cycling

Aveiro

From $2030 per person

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Enjoy cycling from wine capital, Porto, south along the coast and bay-hopping to Aveiro, Portugal's Venice before heading inland and finishing in Coimbra, Portugal's old capital with UNESCO recognised heritage.

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  • 9 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals included
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Birding in the Alentejo

Hoopoe

From $1860 per person

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Exclusive bird watching week in Alentejo - a region so rich in bird life it has over 120 resident species as well as many migrants passing through. Your week will be hosted and enhanced by local resident and hotelier Frank McClintock, who has built a reputation as one of Portugal's foremost birding guides.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • Continental breakfast, 6 picnic lunches and all evening meals
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Expert-led holidays.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

Santa Clara lake

From $1890 per person

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With 300+ days of sunshine a year, it's little wonder that this holiday is such a winner with Headwater walkers! But it's not just the weather: Portugal's Alentejo offers wonderfully deserted beaches, tiny white villages, gently rolling hills and colourful fishing harbours - all untouched by tourism.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 7 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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