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An unforgettable trip: prepare your road trip in Portugal

Portugal is an excellent holiday destination with great natural, gastronomic, cultural and historical wealth. If you are thinking of spending a few days discovering the country, take a look at the suggestions that we have for you and plan a road trip or fly to the most beautiful Portuguese islands. Enjoy the Traces of Portugal partners' offers and stay in iconic properties that will make your trip even more unforgettable!

Fall in love with the capital

Lisbon is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world for many reasons. Its characteristic light, the Tagus estuary, the century-old buildings and squares, the panoramic views, the culture and gastronomy, are some of the wonders that Lisbon has to offer.

Discover the city as you walk through the narrow streets of the oldest neighbourhoods, observe the tiles of the buildings, visit the vibrant Lisbon markets, admire the sunset at the emblematic viewpoints, listen to fado, climb aboard the iconic tram 28, take a boat trip on the Tagus river… fall in love with the capital! And if you like nature, palaces and mystical places, visit the romantic village of Sintra. There are countless reasons to visit Lisbon and its surroundings.

Partner hotel Traces of Portugal in Lisbon: Bairro Alto Hotel

Be dazzled by the idyllic beaches and landscapes of Algarve

Cliffs sculpted by nature, paradisiacal beaches, warm sea with various shades of blue, historic villages... in Algarve, you will find all this and much more. This is one of the most fantastic and appreciated regions in Portugal, due to the great diversity of landscapes and the beauty of its beaches.

Let yourself be impressed by the stunning sea caves in the region, such as the famous Benagil cave, walk along the most beautiful walking trails between cliffs with breathtaking views, take a boat trip on the Ria Formosa and observe the fauna and flora of this natural sanctuary, visit desert islands, try water sports... There is no shortage of idyllic places and activities to create beautiful memories. Also visit castles, medieval fortresses, fishing villages with centuries of history, such as Ferragudo, Silves, Loulé, Faro, Tavira, Cacela Velha, among many others. And if you like fresh fish and delicious seafood, then this is the right region for you!

Partner hotel Traces of Portugal in Algarve: Vila Vita Parc

Admire the beauty and tranquility of Alentejo

The Alentejo region is considered one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal, full of charming places and with a unique tranquility. Vast golden plains dotted by the green of olive trees, cork trees and vineyards, produce some of the best national products, such as olive oil, cork and Alentejo wine.

In its immensity, you will find some of the simplest and oldest villages in Portugal, where the cobbled streets, the walls and the white houses, make us travel in time. This is the case of the medieval village of Monsaraz, which maintains the magic and heritage of other times, offering impressive views of the Alqueva dam and the Alentejo plains. Discover the landscapes of Alentejo, its culture and enjoy the rich gastronomy of this region.

Partner hotel Traces of Portugal in Alentejo: São Lourenço do Barrocal

Comporta, the secret paradise 1 hour from Lisbon

Long beaches of white sand and blue sea, protected by pine and cork forests, wild dunes, extensive rice paddies... this is Comporta, a small paradise just 1 hour from Lisbon. Discover a well-kept treasure, without mass tourism and with many fascinating places, where unpretentious luxury and refinement are combined with simplicity and natural beauty.

This is the ideal place not only for relaxing, sunbathing and diving in the sea, but also for taking long walks in nature, horseback riding on the beach, watching dolphins and birds in the Sado estuary, among many other options. Comporta is also synonymous with picturesque places, full of history and great human ingenuity, such as the impressive palafitic pier of Carrasqueira and the Roman Ruins of Cetobriga. And in an area surrounded by the sea, you can not miss a rich gastronomy where fish and seafood are the protagonists.

Partner hotel Traces of Portugal in Comporta: Sublime Comporta

Discover the charms of the Douro and taste the best wines

Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the Douro region is composed of unique landscapes where some of the most appreciated wines in the world are produced, such as the famous Port wine. Among deep valleys bathed by the Douro River, you will find hectares of terraced vineyards, wild nature, centuries-old properties that await you to taste the best wines, palaces, historic villages such as São João da Pesqueira, Pinhão, São Xisto and much more.

Embark on a memorable trip along the Douro River aboard a rabelo boat, let yourself be impressed by the great collection of prehistoric rock art sites in the Côa Valley, travel on the Douro historical train, contemplate the landscape in one of the many viewpoints with panoramic views along national road 222... There are plenty of reasons to visit this region. And of course, you can not miss the typical gastronomy of the region with delicacies such as Lamego ham, lamprey rice, almond sweets, grilled octopus, among many others.

Partner hotel Traces of Portugal in the Douro: Ventozelo Hotel&Quinta

Discover the wild nature of the Azores

Full of natural landscapes with a unique beauty, the island of São Miguel leaves any visitor dazzled by its natural parks, thermal springs, beaches and lagoons.

Be amazed by the Lagoons of Sete Cidades and the Lagoon of Fogo, dive into the sea of one of the many volcanic black sand beaches that surround the island, relax in the hot thermal waters surrounded by nature in the Terra Nostra Park and Poças da Dona Beija, and visit the paradisiacal islet of Vila Franca do Campo. In São Miguel, there are many fascinating places that will leave you with the best memories. If you like to observe marine fauna and flora, take the opportunity to go diving in one of the many places that this island offers, or take a boat trip to observe cetaceans, where you can see dolphins, sperm whales and much more.

During your visit to the island, taste some of the gastronomic treasures of this region: the delicious "queijadas” from Vila Franca do Campo, the traditional Portuguese "cozido” cooked by Furnas’s natural volcanic heat, the famous Azorean cheese, the tasty limpets grilled, among many others.

Partner hotel Traces of Portugal in São Miguel: White Exclusive Suites&Villas

Visit the fascinating island of Madeira

Known as the "Atlantic Garden”, the island of Madeira is a fascinating place. Its temperate climate throughout the year, invites you to dive in the most beautiful beaches with warm sea, to contemplate breathtaking green landscapes in one of the many viewpoints on the island, such as Pico do Areeiro and Cabo Girão, to walk through dazzling walking routes of the "levadas” of Madeira and through the Laurissilva forest, and of course, walking through the lush parks and gardens full of colorful flowers.

In Funchal, the island's capital, visit unique places such as the Farmers’ market, get lost in the historic streets of this city, take the cable car up to Monte while enjoying magnificent panoramic views, and get back down to the city on a fun trip hitchhiking by the picturesque "basket cars”. And don't forget to try some of the most typical flavors of the island, such as "Bolo do Caco”, the fennel sweets, made with the plant that gave the capital its name, the famous Poncha, the island's traditional drink, the laurel wood skewers... there are delicacies for all tastes!

Partner hotel Traces of Portugal in Madeira: Savoy Palace

Are you in the mood to travel? Prepare your itinerary from north to south of mainland Portugal and islands, and be impressed by countless stunning places!

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