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From enviable beaches and eclectic architecture to quaint fishing villages and famous vineyards, Portugal is a culture-rich country brimming with old world charm. Lisbon, drizzled across seven hills, is Europe's oldest city. Alongside Roman stones and medieval convents, it sports exquisite tile work on every corner: rich with a history of exploration and discovery, many buildings and monuments reflect its maritime past. Contemporary Lisbon can be described as both cosmopolitan and quaint, where modern architecture blends in with ancient monuments and a zest for life is reflected in an insatiable appetite for music and nightlife.
The World Heritage Site of the Douro Valley is as spectacular as it is tasty: with vertiginous riverbanks sculpted by centuries of vineyard cultivation, the world's oldest wine producing region is also the home of famous port. Nearby Lamego pours stunning architecture into the bottle with its 12th-century castle, Gothic cathedral and Renaissance and Baroque mansion.
Porto, the country's second largest city, is a tightly-clustered assortment of colourful tumbledown houses, soaring bell towers and stately Baroque churches, connected by a winding network of narrow streets and zigzagging staircases which emerge in pretty, sun-drenched plazas.
Portugal's best-known holiday region is the Algarve, famous for its
year-round championship golf courses, lively social scenes and beaches
that range from broad swathes of golden sand to small and sheltered
coves. Despite its popularity the area has retained its local charm.
Portugal with A&K
Portugal's generous hand of attractions, from surf-lashed Atlantic beaches to the wonderful city architecture and world famous vineyards has always delighted our returning guests. But that very diversity makes it more important to place your travel in expert, experienced hands, who can seamlessly combine some or all of the country's highlights - and that means A&K.
Our European team has provided luxury travel to every corner of the continent for over 25 years with knowledgeable staff, long established contacts and superb multilingual guides. They offer you unique insight and access from tours with historians, artists and botanists to gourmet cooking lessons. There's an awful lot to Portugal, and with A&K it's all possible.
Best time to be there
Spring and autumn are the most pleasant times to visit. July and August can be very hot, especially in the sheltered bays of the
Algarve in the south, though this region is especially pleasant and mild during the winter months. Madeira and the Azores benefit from the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, so can be visited year round.
Faro and Lisbon (British Airways); Porto and Funchal (Tap Air Portugal)
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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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Joanne Swinton was excellent and dealt with our numerous changes with courtesy and timely attention. Some of the places we stayed we might not have found without A&K and we would certainly return to them.
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