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Introduction To Portugal

Many world travelers believe that Portugal is unfairly overlooked, if you do this private introduction to Portugal tour we are sure you will agree. Your Portugal adventure starts in the historic wine city Porto known for its blend of baroque and a bit of modern architecture.  Porto combines well with medieval Obidos and multiple charms of the beautiful coastal capital of Lisbon. Read on below for more….

Portugal, the land of enchantment

So in Oporto, we suggest dining on the riverfront and at our favorite gourmet place on the Atlantic coast. Along with unique art and architecture, Oporto is one of Europe’s historic wine capitols.

Port wine is most famous but in the last decade, there has been a surge in the quality and quantity of classic red wines and some whites of northern Portugal. So wine lovers can enjoy local Port winery tasting visits or red wine excursions up the Douro river valley. Then on to the charming walled medieval town of Obidos, once a wedding gift to the queen of Portugal. Then continue south to enchanting Lisbon.

Highlights of Lisbon for this private travel program, include the contrast of exotic historic architecture with the upscale Lapa and Bairro Alto neighborhoods, historic bohemian Alfama area,  Belem Tower, fine art, a plethora of shops and artisan studios with azulejo tiles, colonial Asian-influenced furniture antiques, unique rugs, gourmet items & wines, silver & gold and fine linens to name a few. Of course, you can’t miss a Fado performance in the old town.

The signature yellow streetcars still chug up and down the many hills of this ancient coastal capital city of Lisbon. There is also a diverse cuisine scene now so you can enjoy tastes that harken back to Portugal’s African, Brazilian and Asian colonial past in top restaurants.

For those who want to branch out a bit, we suggest Sintra. On a memorable private day trip, you can enjoy enthralling designs of the palaces, mansions, gardens, and tiny lanes in historic Sintra, a traditional retreat of the Portuguese nobility from the summer heat of Lisbon. Your trip ends with a private transfer to Lisbon’s international airport, some 7 hours from New York.

Summary of our Introduction to Portugal private trip:

Alternatively, Barcelona also combines well with southern Spain´s Andalucia which includes Seville & Granada, the Basque Country, or Madrid and Extremadura.

Among the enriching options on your private custom Barcelona and Beyond adventure are:

  • Experience Porto, Obidos, Lisbon & Sintra
  • Passion of winemakers & live fado performance
  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Chauffeured exclusive transfers in route
  • Hand-picked central upscale hotels
  • Tasting fine Portuguese wines, olive oils & cheeses
  • Historic and modern art & architectural
  • dinner reservations in top local restaurants
  • Optional excursion to Sintra
  • Optional cruise in Douro river
  • Optional wine touring from Porto
  • Optional cooking class in Lisbon

About “Limited Edition Trip” Reservations:

This memorable Introduction to Portugal 7 day custom adventure is offered on a limited-edition basis by request on a first “reserve first serve basis” for your private group of 4 or more persons (There is no maximum). Our Portuguese private travel adventures are handled in conjunction with our experienced travel colleagues based in Lisbon.

To offer our valued customers more peace of mind & service while traveling, we accept just three private trips at a time. For extra customer care, on certain dates, a Magical Spain partner can personally guide all or part of your trip. 

Please contact us ASAP for availability for your private Portugal trip to remember. Experience the tradition, beauty, and heritage of Europe’s most famous walking pilgrimage trail, el Camino de Santiago.

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Originally from America, I worked in the Health and Wellness sector until my desire to travel resulted in my settling in Spain. Having fallen instantly in love with the country, cultures, and people here, I have made it my mission for the last twenty years to share this passion with our clients.

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