Beyond the sandy coves of the Algarve, Portugal remains one of Europe’s least explored countries and yet it offers richly rewarding experiences for those looking for cultural short breaks and longer tailor-made holidays.
Lisbon is a delightful and intimate city with the mighty River Tagus and the magnificent Castleo Sao Jorge a permanent reminder of Portugal’s seafaring past. It spreads out over seven hills and is made up of contrasting neighborhoods and is one of the friendliest, un-spoilt capital cities in Europe. Stroll the hilly backstreets of Lisbon and you’ll soon come across evidence of their love for all things sweet. Hidden in the districts' cobbled streets, rows of tiny tiled bakeries await, each serving up their own delicious array of pastéis de nata – Portugal’s famous egg custard tart. The introduction of additional direct services from Manchester to Lisbon this year have made it a great value city break destination and even in winter the weather is warm and sunny.
Lisbon's 'Baixa' or downtown is the historic centre with handsome squares, fine buildings and chic restaurants. The oldest quarter is 'Alfama', a warren of steep winding streets and as you climb up to the castle you experience the best view in Lisbon, across the terracotta roofs and out to the harbour. The 'Cais do Sodre' is the place to experience nightlife, this once rather downmarket area now attracts the hip and trendy to the riverfront promenade. On a hill above the old town is the 'Barro Alto' or high district - this bohemian area is relatively quiet through the day but comes alive on the warm summer nights.
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Three hours north of Lisbon at the mouth of the River Douro is Porto, Portugal’s second largest city. Attractive with narrow cobbled streets, excellent shopping and great restaurants it is home to the great names of port wine including Grahams, Taylor and Warr. The River Douro cuts a narrow, winding gorge through this beautiful region and the rolling hills and terraces provide some of the most un-spoilt and unusual scenery in Europe. The entire Douro Valley is listed as a World Heritage Site and is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world.
The best way to experience this region is on a River Cruise where you can relax and literally ‘drink up’ the scenery!! Our eight day itinerary takes you from Porto to Regina and onwards to Lamego and the iconic Mateus Palace, through Vinhateiro wine growing region to beautiful and historic Salamanca. Your cruise will take you through wonderful scenerary, quiant villages with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
The Pousadas of Portugal are a superb collection of unique hotels spread throughout the country divided into the 4 categories.
Historic - include converted castles and palaces
Historic Design - properties of historic importance which have now been given a modern interior design
Nature - Modern buildings in areas of outstanding natural beauty
Charm - beautifully furnished with real attention to details.
Always in first class locations within cities or rural areas, all offer excellent regional cuisine and great valley for money. Adeona Travel would be delighted to tailor-make your Pousada itinerary which can easily be added to a stay in Lisbon or Porto.