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This charming country offers a host of experiences, whether you choose an all-inclusive hotel stay, a tour based in historic pousadas, or a relaxing river cruise.

Perhaps tee-off on an Atlantic bluff, take a train ride through the stunning Douro Valley or join a jeep safari in the Algarve. Maybe sip rosé at Mateus Palace, learn about the great explorers who set sail from Lisbon, soak up the sun in chic Cascais, or take it easy on a cruise along the tranquil Douro River.

Then of course there are the endearing Atlantic islands of the Azores and Maderia to explore too…


Things to do

Just a few of the places you can visit on a Saga holiday include the UNESCO-listed city of Evora, the Batalha Monastery and Oporto, where you can tour the famous port cellars of Taylor’s and Graham’s, enjoy views of the river from the Dom Luis I Bridge and visit the cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments.

In the capital you’ll find the historic Alfama District and the UNESCO-listed buildings of Belém Tower, Jeronimous Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries, which all tell the story of Lisbon’s maritime past.

The delightful Douro Valley provides a striking contrast to this urban landscape – sail along the river past terraced vineyards, almond groves and bucolic rolling hills.

For more wildlife and fantastic scenery there’s also the Monchique Mountains, Parque Natural da Arrábida and the Guadiana River, which forms a natural frontier between Portugal and Spain.

The Algarve

Portugal’s southern coast is renowned for its rugged cliffs, sandy coves and golf courses, but it’s not all sand and sun. Travel into the countryside to discover charming whitewashed towns such as Sao Bras de Alportel, whose Cork Route reveals how corks are made from the region’s special trees.

Seek out the Moorish town of Silves with its striking castle. Visit Sintra’s former Royal Palace and go in search of the ancient towns of Óbidos and Alcoutim. You can even hop across the border to Seville in Spain!


On this Atlantic island, top attractions include the volcanic terrain of Nun’s Valley, the towering cliffs of Cabo Girão, the island’s three highest peaks – Pico do Arieiro, Pico das Torres and Pico Ruivo – and the levada walking trails which follow the mountain’s ancient irrigation channels.

Funchal the capital itself also has much to offer too. Perhaps admire the exotic blooms in the Botanical Gardens, sample the sweet Madeiran wine at Blandy Wine Lodge or take the cable car up to Monte – then ride back down in a wicker toboggan!

The Azores

This archipelago of nine islands is famed for its stunning natural beauty. Gaze into the colourful depths of the Sete Cidades crater lakes and visit the capital of Ponta Delgada on São Miguel.

Seek out rustic villages on tiny Pico. Or go whale watching from the shores of Faial and explore the caves of Algar do Carvão on the second largest island of Terceira.


Culture and history

The predominant religion for about two thirds of the country is Roman Catholic, although only a small percentage regularly attend Mass. The Portuguese are quite reserved and tend to retain a sense of formality with one another, which is shown in their extreme politeness. They enjoy many cultural activities including art, music, drama and dance, and folklore plays a major part in the national identity.

Famous people who hail from Portugal include explorer Henry the Navigator, football men Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Jose Mourinho, and dancer-come-singer-come fruit salad, Carmen Miranda (yep, we thought she was Brazilian too!)

The country’s cuisine is a regional affair and embraces meat, seafood and fresh fish. Wine – and port from Oporto – is also present at most meals.

As for the country’s past, Portugal has a long and fascinating history. Of all the modern, colonial empires, Portugal’s survived the longest and spanned almost six centuries. This was helped, of course, by the extensive expeditions of the 15th and 16th centuries, led by the likes of Henry the Navigator, Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco de Gama.


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