Regions in Portugal & Madeira

Portugal is so much more than just a good destination for a beach holiday. Head north from southern Algarve and you'll discover the grand old cities of Lisbon and Porto, which are filled with hidden treasures around every corner - whether you are looking for the perfect local restaurant to keep you cool during the heat of the day or want to stumble across quiet streets lined with colourful houses and beautiful tiled walls. From Porto, follow the river inland to the stunning Douro Valley, the world's first officially designated wine region, to sample some of Portugal's best wines.

Old meets new in lively Lisbon, where vibrant contemporary culture thrives in a city steeped in a fascinating cultural history. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is spread across no less than seven hills – and seduces visitors with winding streets, elegant parks and the white-bleached limestone architecture of the city centre, where peaceful daytimes evolve into vibrant evenings.

Welcome to the home of port, where hillside vine terraces line the banks of the majestic Douro River. Almond and cork trees are dotted among the picturesque valley, which has been moulded by 2,000 years of cultivating cherries and olives as well as grapes. The area has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and on a visit here you can truly experience nature and its finest, cuisine at its freshest and Portugal at its most serene.
Take a step back in time in the tranquil Alentejo region of Portugal, a naturally beautiful area of oak forests, wildflower meadows, dramatic coastlines and whitewashed villages which are presided over by castles and monasteries. Experience authentic Portuguese rural life with a stay on a working farm then head to the unspoilt coast to unwind on pristine, untouched beaches.
The island of Madeira is a great destination for year-round R&R. The grand river valleys with spectacular views over the unspoilt forests will keep walkers happy, while the Garajau coast is a wonderful location for sailing, fishing, and water sports. Nature lovers will want to keep an eye open for some of the island’s other visitors, such as the whales and dolphins that swim close to the island.
A riot of blue, red and gold, the Algarve is the place for a quintessential beach holiday, with stunning beaches backed by red cliffs, fantastic luxury hotels, ancient villages and, of course, world-class golf. With fantastic opportunities for water sports, tennis, riding and deep sea fishing too, the Algarve offers plenty for the active, while those seeking R&R can soak up the warm summer sunshine and dine on fresh seafood in the wonderful selection of restaurants.

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