2 hours 40 mins from London
£3295 per adult / £1695 per child
BEST TIME TO VISIT
April – October
Discover historic Lisbon’s ancient secrets the eco-friendly way on an electric tuk-tuk tour
Hike through the magical forest of Sintra with a Disney-esque backdrop of fairytale castles
Chase the waves of the Silver Coast where the boho vibe and surf culture are strong
Canoe the picturesque Douro River before visiting a port vineyard for a tasting
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YOUR PORTUGUESE TALE
When the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians have all staked their claim to the diverse and rich land of Portugal, you know something’s up. I mean, hey! Who doesn’t love mild winters, warm summers and longer hours of sunshine than the rest of its European counterparts? But it’s not just that. It’s big rolling barrel waves and fertile green mountain ranges, fresh fish and pastéis de nata and skies as black as soot, with stars bright enough to banish ALL the monsters away. Throw in a love of music and ornate artistry with an impressive (almost) millennium’s worth of history and the only thing to question about Portugal is why you’re not already there. This two point four adventure takes you through it all and covers just enough ground in doing so.
Chapter 1: THE BEGINNING – LISBON
We kick off the Portugal tour with a few chill days in Lisbon, exploring the city in a unique zero CO₂ emission way – by electric tuk-tuk. Pass through the bohemian Bairro Alto, historic Chiado neighbourhood and the steep café culture streets of Alfama. Stop off at a 130-year-old market grabbing groceries on your way to the family’s cooking lesson for lunch. Opt for an exclusively adult only afternoon spa and evening aside live melancholic music of fado, whilst we take care of the kids. Get your dose of fairy-tale romance with the Disney-esque backdrop of the Sintra World Heritage Site with a forest hike and picnic amongst the diverse range of flora and fauna courtesy of King Fernando II, who bought species from the four corners of the globe. Here you will glimpse 4000-year-old monuments and the 350-year-old ruins nestled amongst the cedar forest. Stroll through the old city centre for a meander amongst the cobblestones and quaint little houses, now home to handicrafts and pastry shops.
Chapter 2: THE MIDDLE – SANTA CRUZ
Head north towards the coast of Portugal, but not before making some strategic stop-offs along the way. First off – wine! What once was the gift of King Carlos to his mistress is now a family home and vineyard, beloved by guests all over the world, the next of which should be you! Appreciate the revival of tradition and hard work that goes into providing this sweet nectar at your dinner table, with a tasting session and walk around the estate. Given that it’s a family home that has raised seven children of this generation, it’s child friendly, providing games and gardens to keep yours busy.
Next stop is the little town of Óbidos where you can stretch your legs within the whitewashed walls and pretty flower beds of this unique village encircled by its medieval walls. Before leaving don’t forget to try the famous cherry liqueur in a chocolate cup, the ginjinha!
Arrive at your final destination for the day – Noah Surf House. Built upon a hilltop along the Northern coast to bring Portugal’s beach and surf culture to visitors from around the world, Noah Surf House will feed, entertain and house you as sustainably as possible. Check-in and enjoy a family surf lesson and afternoon yoga class whilst the kids build sandcastles inspired by the medieval sites of their journey so far.
Chapter 3: THE END – PORTO & DOURO VALLEY
The next location will excite the Harry Potter fans amongst you! The Livraria Lello bookshop of Porto is so epic it was the inspiration for the Hogwarts Library, although we don’t feel the set designers did it justice. You won’t want to leave the vanilla-scented old-book aisles, illuminated by an epic stained glass ceiling and even more impressive crimson staircase. After a day in Porto, you head to the Douro Valley, rowing your way along the peaceful Douro River in canoes, taking a dip where it suits. Kids can be kept busy with crafts and theatre activities before regrouping for lunch followed by port wine tasting at one of the Douro’s finest vineyards, the Quinta do Bomfim.
Say goodbye to the Portuguese nature at its finest along the Paiva walkways embracing the Paiva River and 8km of breathtakingly natural beauty. There’s no better sign off than this – a journey through biology, geology, and archaeology that will remain, in the heart, soul and memories of all who are lucky to experience it. Enjoy an exclusive final family dinner at the chef’s table for a unique and personalized gastronomic experience of six or nine dishes. Pack your bags and head off to Porto airport to take your stories of fairy-tale castles, pristine beaches and unprecedented experiences with you.
Footnote: Continue the story – ALENTEJO
If you have more time to continue your Portuguese story, we recommend Alentejo with its wide open space and green landscapes. En route see the wall of green mountain range against the white sandy bays of Serra da Arrábida Natural Park, followed by a spot of dolphin watching by boat at the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve – they’re so happy they never leave, so you’re sure to spot them all year round! Head to the aristocratic neighbourhood that was once home to the summer houses of the elite and learn about the beloved tile embellishments that help to give this area its beauty. Mould, fire and paint your own tiles under the tutelage of the skilful Azeitão master.
Rest your head at the traditional yet luxurious São Lourenço do Barrocal country estate and spend the days picking from a list of activities; from artisanal bread making to walking or cycling amongst the olive trees on a nature trail, taking a horse or horse and carriage ride through the estate, or just taking a dip in a sauna and cedar hot bath experience. If you want you can keep it simple by picking the perfect spot for a family picnic, but don’t worry, you can’t go wrong, you have seven hundred hectares to choose from.
Those who stargaze together, rarely get lost, except for when they lose themselves in their dreams and wow! is the Alentejo night sky dreamy. Learn to guide yourself by the polar star, learning the ancient discipline of astronomy at the Alqueva Lake Observatory. As your eyes drift up from the horizon, you’ll be spoilt with a show of nebulae and planetary wonder in this unforgettable experience.
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