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Best things to do in Portugal

Best things to do in Portugal

What about thinking outside the box and choosing a holiday according to your favourite experiences? Discover a small selection of the best tours and activities in Portugal, some of the best experiences to live in this sun-drenched country with some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.

 

Treat yourself to an unforgettable stay by booking your tours and activities in Portugal at the best price as well as your flights and accommodation.


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Benagil Caves Boat Cruise

Carvoeiro - Lagoa - Algarve

The sea caves of Benagil are one of the symbols of the Algarve. Located in Carvoeiro, in the municipality of Lagoa, discover the most secret beach in Europe.

 

This place is only accessible by boat. It is better to book your tickets in advance to enjoy this amazing place. You are seasick? no problem you can discover Benagil Caves on foot as you walk along the "7 hanging valleys", the natural park that goes from Porches to Ferragudo through Carvoeiro. Park your car in Carvoeiro or Praia da Marinha in Lagoa and stroll along this hike elected by travellers as the most beautiful hike in Europe

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to Faro (30 min by car), your transfer and accommodation in Algarve at the best price and discover the beauties and riches of this region

 

 Where to stay: We advise you to book "Algarve Moments" a perfect apartment for 2-5 people or for a romantic getaway.

 


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A romantic 3 night stay in Porto

Wake up with the best views on Porto. Waking up in a fully renovated 125-year-old building, admiring an unchanging landscape and enjoying one of the most beautiful views of Porto and the Ribeira district is priceless...

 

With two beautiful, sunny terraces throughout the day, a unique decoration, both design and authentic, a beautiful cozy bed perfect for lovers, Porto Moments and more particularly the "Porto City View Apartment" is the perfect address for an unforgettable stay in Porto. Do not waste time and book your stay today, the apartment is often full.

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to Porto (20 min by taxi, 30min by public transport). 

 

 Where to stay:  For a perfect stay we recommend  "Porto Moments" a welcoming house dating 1893 completely renovated in the heart of the cellars of Porto, in the historic centre just a few metres from the docks and the Douro.

 


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Lisbon: Gourmet Walking tour 

If Portugal has seduced the hearts of travellers from all over the world, it is not only thanksto its beautiful landscapes, songs and beaches, but also thanks to its gastronomy.

 

The Portuguese are the kings of pastries and desserts: they make thousands of delicious varieties of bread, almond biscuits… you won’t resist! 

 

Discover the best wines and regional culinary products with a culinary guide. This tour will make you discover the most beautiful places of Lisbon and  most picturesque and famous restaurants.

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Lisbon and your transfer.

 

 Where to stay: If you want to live an exceptional experience, book your stay at the "Olissippo Lapa Palace", you may meet the singer Sting who stays there when he is in the Portuguese capital.

 


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From Lagos: Boat cruise to Ponta da Piedade

Algarve

Lagos is an increasingly trendy destination for travellers from all over the world. It is a perfect destination for those who want to enjoy beautiful beaches, the charm of a small Algarve town with its cafés and traditional restaurants and many activities for young and old.

 

One of the Algarve's treasures is Ponta da Piedade, a lace of rocks coming out of the sea. Treat yourself to a cruise at the end of the day to enjoy the sunset that turns the blue sky of the Algarve into a cocktail of several colours, a mixture of orange juice, grenadine, curacao. Your boat has just stopped… dive into the crystal blue waters of the Algarve. Welcome to paradise, welcome to Portugal!

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Faro (1h by car) and your transfer.  

 

 Where to stay: Book your room at the best price at the "Vila Graciosa - Tranquility Oasis". It offers an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by gardens and sun loungers.  

 


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Lisbon Sunset Cruise

Lisbon is a lively, dynamic city, but calm is never far away. Its river, the Tagus, also called "sea of straw" for its thousands of sunny reflections, is a perfect place to enjoy a sunset over the city.

 

During your cruise you will discover the Cristo Rei, the 25th April bridge, the Tower of Belem ... Book your tickets to discover the most beautiful monuments of Lisbon aboard a Catamaran..

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to Lisbon and your transfer

 

 Where to stay:  We advise you to book in the Alfama area: the "Alfama Loft Studio with river view" is a good choice.

 


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Sete Cidades

Sao Miguel - Azores

If you have landed in Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel, the largest island of the Azores, do not miss a visit to Sete Cidades, ranked as the most beautiful landscape in Europe.

 

Sometimes lost in the mist, this place reminds us of the "Twin Peaks" in San Francisco :a unique atmosphere, a mix of nature, melancholy, authenticity.

 

Two lakes are facing you: a legend says that they were filled with the tears of two separated lovers, the clear blue waters with the future bride’s, the dark blue waters with her lover’s.

 

The Azores are a land of legends, discoveries, adventures. 

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to Ponta Delgada, your accommodation and your tours and activities in Sao Miguel

 

 Where to stay: "Furnas Boutique Hotel - Thermal & Spa" located in Vale Das Furnas, site of the largest concentration of thermal waters in Europe.

 


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Porto River Cruise

Porto River Cruise is travellers’ most popular experience on our site. To be honest we thought it was a bit of “a tourist trap”. In fact it is the best way to understand Porto, the relationship between the two shores (Porto and Gaia), the link that connects the Douro Valley to the city of Porto, the storage in the cellars, the vineyards and the sea.

 

It is also a good way to see the 6 beautiful bridges connecting Porto to Gaia. Each of these bridges is an architectural feat of great elegance. In order to avoid queues and enjoy the best prices, book your tickets for a cruise of the six bridges on the Douro today.

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Porto and your transfer.  

 

 Where to stay:  We advise you to book your accommodation in "Porto Moments", located in the heart of the historical district of Gaia.

 


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Sintra & Cascais full day-tour from Lisbon

Sintra and Cascais are the icing on the cake for a stay in Lisbon.

 

The romantic castles of Sintra have seduced Madonna and travellers from all over the world. The beaches of Cascais and Estoril have seen James Bond "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".

 

Treat yourself to a visit to discover the Lisbon region. Visiting Lisbon without discovering these two places is like going to London without seeing Big Ben or Piccadily Circus, seeing Paris without the Eiffel Tower, it's like eating mussels without fries, it's almost a crime. 

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to Lisbon and your tours and activities as a visit of Sintra & Cascais. 

 

 Where to stay:  Want to immerse yourself in the mood of James Bond? Book your suite at the "Palacio Estoril", we stayed there and we loved its thalassotherapy!

 


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Torre dos Clerigos

Porto

For 5 euros, enjoy a panoramic view of Porto, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

 

The Torre dos Clerigos is a Baroque tower overlooking Porto and is visible from almost all over the city. Take your courage in both hands and climb the 225 steps: they will take you to the top of this tower. 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Porto.  

 

 Where to stay: If you stay in the "Porto Moment City View"apartment you will have a magnificent view of this tower, one of the symbols of the city of Porto.

 


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Douro Valley full-day wine tasting & river cruise

The Douro Valley is ranked among the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. You cannot imagine how exceptional it is! The Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the work of generations of brave Portuguese who dug the soil and laid out these valleys on terraces to cultivate the vines.

 

Visit wineries, stop for a meal, enjoy a vinho verde or a glass of Port wine, learn the delicate art of wine making, treat yourself to a lifetime experience of Douro valley full-day wine tasting & river cruise.

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to Porto

 

 Where to stay: "InterContinental Porto" set in a renovated 18th-century palace.

 


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Alfama district

Lisbon

Alfama is the soul of Lisbon. It is the popular district of the Portuguese capital. Alfama is one of the liveliest neighbourhoods in Lisbon where streets are tangled up, the laundry still hangs from the windows, the dogs sunbathe, the fado echoes in the streets and up to the Tagus and even to the sea to call the sailors who ‘ve been cod fishing in Northern Europe.

 

Things have changed a bit but as we went there just a few months ago, we can say that Alfama has kept its soul and  authenticity. Treat yourself to a visit of Alfama, alone or with a guide to discover the most beautiful places of this typical district of Lisbon.

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Lisbon.  

 

 Where to stay: If you want to stay in the heart of the Alfama district, make a room reservation  at the "LxWay Apartments Beco Sao Miguel", in the historic district of Alfama.  

 


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Climb at the top of Cristo Rei

Almada - Lisbon

The Sanctuary of Christ the King (Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei) is not  located in Lisbon as many people may think but in Almada, facing the city of Lisbon.

 

Climb to the top of Cristo Rei and enjoy a breathtaking view of Lisbon. In front of you Alfama district, Baixa, Belem tower.

 

You can access the Cristo Rei by public transport, by boat, or by booking a tuk-tuk ride or a helicopter flight over Lisbon. 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Lisbon, your hotel and your tours and activities at the best price in Lisbon, the European capital of love and pasteis! 

 

 Where to stay:  "Lisboa Pessoa Hotel" located in the centre of Lisbon. 

 


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Ria Formosa 4 islands Catamaran Cruise

Olhao

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience and discover the sublime Portuguese islands of Ria Formosa. This catamaran tour will be perfect to discover this little corner of paradise still unknown to tourists. The islands of Farol, Culatra, Armona,... await you for a relaxing afternoon. To avoid queuing when buying a ferry ticket, book your Ria Formosa catamaran tour today.

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Faro (15 min by car). 

 

 Where to stay: We stayed at the "Vila Monte Farm House" located in Moncarapacho. The hotel is a marvel. 

 


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A day beach in Senhora da Rocha

Porches - Lagoa - Algarve

Lagoa is certainly the most beautiful municipality of Algarve. Located in the heart of the Algarve, halfway between Lagos and Faro, Lagoa has the most beautiful beaches of the Algarve, the most beautiful hiking trails, pottery, incredible places like Cova Redonda, Benagil Caves, Praia da Marinha and Chapel of Senhora da Rocha.

 

Located in Porches, the beach of Senhora da Rocha is of rare beauty. 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Faro (30 min by car) and your transfer, your accommodation and tours and activities in Algarve

 

 Where to stay:  Book your stay at "Algarve Moments" 200 metres from the beach, or in the very chic "Vila Vita Parc" and enjoy a holiday in the water. Book your flights, accommodation and best tours in Algarve.

 


 

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