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Things to do in Portugal

The experiences we can arrange for you in Portugal draw from its rich history and cultural traditions, its ties with the sea and its love for good food and wine. Whether you’re interested in visiting rural vineyards, clifftop castles or medieval towns, we have plenty of things to do in Portugal that offer you a deeper insight into life here.

You can wander the markets of Faro and learn to cook traditional seafood, stroll the winding lanes of UNESCO-listed Évora, visit a winery in the Alentejo or explore the fairy-tale landscape of Sintra with an expert guide. Each experience aims to give you a better understanding of Portugal’s history, culture and landscapes, be it through a coastal walk on the Algarve, a vineyard visit or a walking tour of Lisbon’s historic districts.

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Ideas for experiencing Portugal

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Portugal, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Grape vines, Alentejo

    Évora and the Alentejo: wine and gourmet tour


    Explore the Alentejo, Portugal’s most significant food and wine region, on a full-day private tour. You’ll see Roman remains and medieval streets in historic Évora, sample local wines in a family-run winery, and drive through rolling countryside in-between.

  • Tram and Cityscape, Lisbon

    Traditions of Lisbon walking tour


    Explore Lisbon with a local guide on a private half-day walking tour, which takes in several of its most interesting districts. You’ll learn about the city’s history and traditions, and stop for local food and drinks along the way.

  • Furnas Lagoon, São Miguel

    Kayaking at Furnas Lagoon

    The Azores

    A crater lake cradled by a dormant volcano, Furnas is surrounded by lush hills, geothermal fields and small villages. Paddle around the lake with a local guide to learn about its volcanic heritage as well as its plant and animal life.

  • Aerial view Ponta Delgada, São Miguel

    Ponta Delgada walking tour

    The Azores

    Tour the narrow, cobbled streets of Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores, with a local guide. Learn about its foundation, architecture and defences and its heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries when wealthy merchants constructed imposing Baroque buildings.

  • Twin lakes, Sete Cidades, São Miguel

    Sete Cidades 4x4 and cycling tour

    The Azores

    Explore by 4x4 and bike to get far-reaching views of the enormous caldera at Sete Cidades as well as a more a personal introduction to this unusual landscape, its history, legends and lakes as well as the volcanic activity that shaped it.

  • Sperm whale, Pico

    Whale and dolphin watching

    The Azores

    Explore the deep waters off the Azores on this half-day whale and dolphin watching tour in an area where about 25 different species, from blue whales to humpbacks and orcas, are frequently seen.

  • Windmill, Criação Velha, Pico

    Hiking Pico’s wine region

    The Azores

    Take a guided walk around the UNESCO-protected vineyards of Pico, an island cultivated with vines since the 15th century. Learn about the history of viticulture here and the unique growing conditions before sampling local wines at the island cooperative.

  • Pena Palace, Sintra

    Sintra and Cascais coastal drive


    Whimsical palaces and exotic gardens give Sintra a magical air. You can explore this fairy-tale town, just north of Lisbon, and its surroundings on a private guided tour, which also takes in the coastal resort of Cascais.

  • Palace of Mafra, Portugal

    Mafra, Óbidos and Batalha


    Get to grips with Portuguese history with the help of a private guide on this full-day tour from Lisbon that takes in the 14th-century Monastery of Batalha, a medieval hilltop village and the flamboyant Palácio Nacional de Mafra.

  • Cataplana, Algarve

    Market to plate cataplana cooking class


    Learn how to make the Algarve’s signature dish — cataplana — a combination of fresh seafood, vegetables and spices, on this half-day cooking course with a private chef. You’ll be guided around Faro’s central market and then cook the dish in a local restaurant in the city’s historic old town.

  • Seascape, Algarve

    Lagos coastal walk and Sagres visit


    Explore Portugal’s southern coast on this full-day walking tour from Lagos. The hike takes in the city itself as well as the cliffs at the Ponta da Piedade, before heading for the remote village of Sagres overlooking the Atlantic.

  • Grape vine, Alentejo

    Alentejo wine tour with wine pairing lunch

    Évora & the Alentejo

    Explore the wineries of the Alentejo region on a full-day tour that includes a wine-pairing lunch and visits to two wineries. Along the way, you’ll learn about the history and traditions of one of Portugal’s premier wine-producing regions.

  • Historic houses, Guimarães

    Historical tour of Braga & Guimarães


    Visit churches, castles and palaces, winding lanes and medieval plazas as you explore historic Braga and Guimarães. A guide and driver will help you explore two of the most significant cities in Portuguese history on this private full-day tour from Porto.

  • Cooking cataplana, Algarve

    Portuguese country cooking class


    On this hands-on half-day activity, you’ll visit a family farm in the countryside and learn to cook authentic Portuguese dishes. You’ll get an insight into Portugal’s food traditions and typical ingredients, as well as learning the practical skills you’ll need to prepare the dishes back home.

  • Skyline, Porto

    Porto panoramic tour with lunch cruise


    Explore Porto’s history and culture on this half-day guided tour that includes a walking tour of its historic districts, a visit to the beach and a hilltop lookout, as well as a river cruise where you can enjoy lunch on board.

  • Coastline, Arrábida Natural Park

    Arrábida panoramic tasting tour


    Explore some of Portugal’s most dramatic coastal scenery on this full-day private tour through the Arrábida region south of Lisbon. En route you’ll get to visit a local winery, coastal cliffs and quaint towns with medieval castles.