The southern end of Europe leads you to Portugal, one of Europe’s sunniest countries. Filled with a vibrant atmosphere not found anywhere else in the world, once you arrive you won’t want to leave! With cobblestone streets, tasty food, genuine locals, and historic sites, we love delving into the heart of Portugal to create a raft of memories. Let’s explore four must-visit places in Portugal…
This seaside resort city found along the Portuguese Riviera is consistently ranked highly for its quality of life. Its history as a hot spot in summer originated as far back as the 1870s when King Luis I of Portugal and his family made Cascais their summer residence. Surrounded by white-sand beaches and the bluest of waters, it’s no surprise that it has become so popular. With your free time, explore the city to your heart’s content before taking your pick of top-notch seafood for lunch on the Toasting & Coasting: Portugal & Spain by design tour.
With more of a sleepy feel than its oceanside counterparts, Tomar is an enchanting medieval town with plenty to see and do. For one, the architecture is second to none – from the mosaic paved tiles in the town square to the rural homes, we can guarantee it’ll be love at first sight. Stroll or taste your way around the city on the Rocks & Rhythm: Portugal by design tour – stroll through the ‘poem village’ of Constância to visit its Parish Church, River and Maritime Arts Museum and more; or join a walking foodie tour to learn about Tomar’s history while tasting local specialties.
With craggy cliffs, secluded bays and a rich culture, the Algarve is Portugal’s answer to the ultimate holiday destination. Hit the beach during the day then wrap your tastebuds around a delicious meal – especially considering 5 out of 14 of Portugal’s Michellin-starred chefs call the Algarve home! On the Toasting & Coasting: Portugal & Spain by design tour you’ll have the pick of YourChoice excursions: seeing the Algarve from the water with a catamaran cruise; taking to the streets by bike; or discovering some of its traditional fishing villages along the coast.
Divided into three distinct areas, Coimbra is a fascinating city to visit. The modern city is vibrant with a large student population; being the oldest in Portugal, the university and its surrounding grounds is extremely special to its heritage; while the historic area rounds the city off with inspired architecture. We’ll take you right to the heart of Coimbra on the Rocks & Rhythm: Portugal by design tour with a medley of YourChoice excursions. Visit local wine producers in the Bairrada region and try the sparkling wine; or taste the local sweets that were originally created by monasteries and convents before tapping along to a unique Fado de Coimbra musical experience.
Portugal is an enchanting country that is steeped in ancient history yet combined with a modern lifestyle. Whether you’re there for one week or one month, these are just four of the must-visit places in Portugal! Come and explore with a Choice Touring by Globus holiday, the new way to tour with a menu of included excursions for you to design your own discovery.