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Portugal: Plan Your Trip!

by WendyPerrin.com | July 25, 2017
Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort in the Algarve. Photo: Billie Cohen
Pastéis de nata (custard tarts) from Manteigaria bakery at the Time Out Market in Lisbon.
Cabrita Wines vineyard in the Algarve
Sardines from a market in Portugal
The seaside village of Azenhas do Mar, near Sintra
Sintra's Park and Palace of Monserrate
Sintra's Park and Palace of Monserrate
Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Pixabay
Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: cristinamacia/Pixabay
Lisbon tram
Lisbon street art
The Pena Palace in Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Park Eduardo VII, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Lisbon Tourism Board
Park Eduardo VII, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Lisbon Tourism Board
Praca do Comercio, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Lisbon Tourism Board
Praca do Comercio at night, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Lisbon Tourism Board

 

Your Trip to Portugal Begins Here

This Mediterranean country has seen change in recent years—namely, an influx of new hotels, restaurants, and river ships on the Douro—yet much of the country’s allure is how, in so many ways, it hasn’t changed a bit. You don’t come for world-class museums or enormous palaces but, rather, for the tiny villages in the middle of nowhere—and the old lady there who will check to make sure you’re not lost. But Portugal’s surging popularity can mean crowds, lines, and a tourist infrastructure stretched thin. You’ll need a local fixer to score a room with a view in Lisbon’s hottest hotel, or enjoy crowd-free iconic landmarks after-hours when they are closed to the public, or (rather than being trapped on a boring cruise with 160 strangers) sail up the Douro on a small eco-yacht, sleeping in boutique waterfront wineries and seeing the most scenic parts of the river in just two days rather than seven. Tell us about the Portugal trip you have in mind, and we can connect you with the right expert for your specific goals.

Pricing tip: For a WOW Portugal trip, expect to spend $500 to $1,000 per day for two travelers, depending on level of accommodations, degree of special access, caliber of private guides, and whether you prefer to rent a car or hire a driver.

 

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