Portugal is halved by the River Tagus, with mountains shrouded in mist in the north and vast rolling plains in the south. Not forgetting the infamous beaches on the south coast, the home of luxury holidays.
With a number of beaches and secret sandy spots, rest to the sound of rolling waves in the Algarve. Head inland for old villages and when dusk starts to fall, go back to your room at the Conrad Algarve to bask in luxury as you watch the sunset over a glistening ocean.
For a change of scenery, retreat to the countryside. Immerse yourself in tranquillity at the Six Senses Douro Valley. The valley is renowned for its vineyards and wine production and the resort itself sits amongst the Douro Nature Park. Here you can relax in serenity with a glass of wine from the retreat’s wine library and when night falls, receive a luxurious massage in one of the 10 treatment rooms.
An exotic island escape awaits just a short plane ride from mainland Portugal. The island of Madeira is unique. It is, in fact, the top of a volcano.
Belmond Reid’s Palace is the ultimate luxury retreat and the perfect way to see the island: bask in 360-degree views from a cliff top as you laze by the vast pool.
Watch how the sea transitions like a Rothko painting, dissolving from aquamarine to cyan blue, limestone cliffs tower above clotted cream coloured shores, hidden lagoons in sandy coves.
Head inland to the hillsides for lush foliage and scents of almond tree blossom that dance along with the Mediterranean breeze. Be moved by the pained tones of the Portuguese blues in the heart of Lisbon and observe the sunset drench terracotta rooftops.
Lisbon is a romantic getaway for couples. Amble up the steep hills and choose from the abundance of exclusive restaurants along the way. Finish with a Pasteis de Natas with Fado as the soundtrack to the evening.
Ria Formosa is a must visit for families. The protected park is home to various endangered species and wildlife that is typically synonymous with exotic lands such as flamingos, chameleons and seahorses.
The Benagil sea cave can only be reached by boat or by swimming. One of the most amazing caves in the world, it is the epitome of bliss and shouldn’t be missed.
ITC’s consultants are experts. With over 40 years of knowledge in luxury getaways, as well as visiting every hotel featured on the website, we know what we’re talking about. We know the importance of the finer details; if there’s something specific you’re looking for, we’ll offer a bespoke, tailored holiday that meets your needs.
Luxury Portugal Holidays Fact File
May - September
2 hours 50 minutes to Faro (Algarve), 2 hours 30 minutes to Porto, 3 hours 55 minutes to Funchal (Madeira)
British Airways flies direct from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Faro and Porto. TAP (Air Portugal) fly direct from London Gatwick to Funchal. Other airlines and more UK departure points are also available