Portugal

Portugal

Where mountains meet the sea, and the vineyards overflow with excellent vintages

Adventure Holidays in Portugal

Blessed with sun-kissed beaches, vibrant fishing villages and scenic routes through pine forests and dunes, there are fantastic walking and cycling opportunities in Portugal. The westernmost country of mainland Europe, there are approximately 943km of coastline here, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south.

While people have been flocking to the Algarve for decades, swathes of the rest of the country remain unexplored, although Lisbon has nudged its way onto travel editors' “must visit” lists in recent years. Each region varies dramatically, from its wild southwest corner, where the landscape creates a diverse playground – with world-class surf breaks and meandering rivers to explore by kayak – to the greener landscape of the North. Then there’s the Duoro Valley, where the vast forest, almond groves and terraced vineyards are UNESCO protected. Here there’s evidence of wine production dating back more than 2000 years, and ample opportunity to stop and sample as you ride. And let’s not forget Madeira, and the Azores too…

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Expert View: The Douro Valley

The conditions you need for great wine – warm days, clean air, cooling onshore breezes and undulating landscapes – just so happen to combine to create seriously good walking and cycling country too. The UNESCO World Heritage Douro Valley is a land of vertiginously terraced valleys rising above the sinewy river below, this is Port country. After some easy cycling through sun-dappled villages and extensive vineyards, stop for a glass of the local tipple or a leisurely meal of several courses….

“One of the highlights of this trip is the stunning accommodation, from a traditional olive oil estate to a Douro manor where you can help out in the kitchen!” says Product Manager Gina Eckersley. Of course, there’s no obligation to help out in the kitchen at all!

“They've been handpicked to showcase the very best of the area,” Gina says, adding that many offer their own produce for dinner – such as delicate Portuguese wines, olives, home-baked bread and picked-that-day salads. “The route loosely follows the Douro river as the terrain changes from highland plateau, almond and olive groves, and becomes lush terraced vineyards.”

Portugal, with Azores and Madeira map
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