A luxury holiday to Portugal can look one of many ways. It could be a sun-drenched beach break on the coast, a golf trip in the Algarve, a wine-tasting weekend in the verdant north or a city break to its enchanting cities, Porto and Lisbon. It might be foodie-focused, filled with activities or totally relaxing – whichever type of luxury Portugal trip suits you, it will most certainly be unforgettable.
Portugal is perhaps most famous for its stretches of strawberry blonde sand in the very south – the Algarve, long a favoured holiday destination for families thanks to some legendary beach resorts, like the Vila Vita Parc. With watersports, land activities and amazing kids’ clubs, hotels in the Algarve have everything covered for families, whereas grown-ups can enjoy some seriously amazing golf on scenic courses looking out to sea. Resorts in the Algarve, like Albufeira, have interesting old towns to explore and red cliffs backing pristine beaches, particularly pretty at sunset when the light is just right. In Lagos and Sagres in the south-west, surfing is the watersport of choice, with amazing breaks to tackle by day and hip hotels to relax in at night.
Luxury Portugal holidays aren’t always about beaches though. Lisbon, the capital, is a cultural melting pot where a jumble of colourful buildings clutch the hills and look out towards the glistening sea. Traditional trams still ferry locals up and down the vertiginous slopes, making for a rather charming sight that feels even more so thanks to its authenticity. Hole-in-the-wall bars serve fine Portuguese wine, and that ever-heady tipple that the country is most famous for: Port.
Venture inland from the coast and head to the source, for wine and port-tasting tours amidst some seriously picturesque landscapes. The Douro Valley is one such place where you can do so in style, staying at luxe boutique hotels that centre around all things wine related, immersing you within nature at the same time. With its castles, hills, forests and quaint villages, rural Portugal is then a great choice for a long weekend in a relatively undiscovered wonderland.
So, between the beaches of the Algarve in the south and wine valleys of the north, Portugal is full of delights that tantalise the senses and make a luxury holiday here simply too good to resist.