Portugal as a luxury travel destination many may not be aware of. Portugal has always been a popular destination for budget travel and people searching for unexplored adventure but luxury travel in Europe is generally more associated with France, Monaco and certain parts of Italy. However Portugal is a top destination for those who seek luxury.
Portugal’s history is abundant with royalty, noble families, kings and queens and visiting nobles from the other European former states. The country is densely populated with castles, Manor houses and palaces , many of which remain to this day and many which have been recovered to become current hotels.
Portugal’s climate is one of the warmest in Europe, it’s landscapes are incredibly diverse and flowers bloom the entire year round, it has a long coastline with many beaches and a large number of inland lakes and rivers. You will also find some of the most amazing views spread throughout the entire country.
Portugal has a large amount of heritage sites and historical towns, most of them beautiful and a lot completely undiscovered and still completely authentic.
Portugal has many natural thermal baths that have been visited by tourists, in some cases, for hundreds of years. These natural springs have warm water coming from the depths of the earth filled with minerals that perform healing and natural relaxation to the skin, in the North you will find Geres natural park which has warm water springs in which one can swim, more south you will find some Thallasotherapy spa’s the salt water baths that claim to have healing properties for skin and lung disease.
Portugal has a vast and booming wine industry resulting in gorgeous vineyard landscapes and terraces and the country is producing many medal winning wines that are growing fast in popularity worldwide.
All in all the setting is perfect for luxury travel of any type.
Types of luxury stays
Historical hotels – If you ever dreamed of living like royalty Portugal has a large offer of fantastic Manor hotels and recovered palaces some best suited to romantic getaways others great for family breaks , most surrounded by royal gardens
Golf resorts – Portugal is one of the most loved destinations for golfers it has an incredibly large offer of some of the best European golf courses and most golf courses accompany some of the best 4 or 5 star hotels in Portugal
Modern luxury hotels A new trend in 4 and 5 star hotels in Portugal are new build hotels built to enhance the views, the landscape and the traditions of the surrounding district. These hotels tend to be highly comfortable and luxurious and very popular.
Wine hotels wine hotels are hotels generally built or set in the more prominent wine farms in the Douro and Alentejo regions. often these hotels emphasise the production of wine, wine tasting, gastronomy and it’s surrounding wine region. You will also get a feel for Portuguese wine history which is one of the oldest in Europe.
Family resorts – In our busy times where often 2 parents work on high demanding jobs, vacations with children and family are becoming just as demanding. People want to have a full and perfect time making use of a large offer. Resorts give this opportunity often all in. Portugal has some of the best award winning resorts in the world.
Portugal natural cuisine consists of simple dishes where quality and freshness of the ingredients seem to be the main theme. In modern times gastronomy that is more creative is gaining importance. Gourmet is on the rise as are the Michelin starred chefs of Portuguese origin.
Activity on the water
Portugal with its large coastline has much opportunity for water activities and boating, there are a few luxury lines that offer solutions for exploring this coastline in style.
Luxurious transfers of all types are available from helicopter to limousine to Mercedes from group transfer to individual.
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