And the best destination is… Portugal! And we aren’t the ones saying it!

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Portugal is definitely a ‘go-to’ destination. Tourists from 174 countries considered Praia de Galapinhos in Parque Natural da Arrábida as the best beach in Europe. And for the 3rd time Oporto was considered the best European destination in 2017. The Guardian presents us with a route through rural Portugal that has its fair share of castles and beaches, wine tasting and typical gastronomy and CNN considers Lisbon as probably the coolest city in Europe.

Parque Natural da Arrábida – Praia de Galapinhos

Praia de Galapinhos-Natural Park of Arrábida

Praia de Galapinhos is part of the Natural Park of Arrábida and was considered the best beach in Europe by European Best Destinations, based on votes from tourists. You can read all about it in the article Best Beaches in Europe 2017.

They go on to speak of the natural, almost virgin beauty of this beach that is part of the Natural Park of Arrábida. From here you have a breathtaking view of the rugged mountainside (or Serra in Portuguese) that overlooks the sea and its pure white beaches.

And if that isn’t enough, you can also watch dolphins, ride a donkey, taste typical Portuguese wines and savour picnics prepared by a private chef in the middle of nature on our Arrabida Senses Family tour. Click for more details. There’s a form that you can fill out for more information.

Oporto

River Douro- Oporto

For the third time, Oporto was considered the best European destination by tourists from more than 174 countries who voted on the European Best Destinations site. The article Best Of Europe 2017 states that never has the choice of the winning city been so unanimous among travellers from all over the world.

The charm of the river-side city, blended with its history, architecture and gastronomy leaves no-one indifferent. You can stroll along the slopes of the River Douro, admiring the magnificent landscapes of the place where one of the most famous wines in the world is produced: Port wine.

The Douro Vineyards Colours Tour was created precisely to give you a taste of some of the most typical villages in the region, where you can sample the preferred wines, take a bike ride around some of the most beautiful hillsides you will ever see and stay in some of the most typical and luxurious hotels of the region. This tour is a must. Click and find out all about it. You can fill out a form with all your questions.

Lisboa

Bairro Alto- Lisboa

CNN considers Lisbon as probably the coolest city in Europe in the article Lisbon might be Europe’s coolest city; here are 7 reasons why.

The charm of Bairro Alto, with its line-up of more than 250 appealing bars and graffiti-plastered walls, typical taverns and experimental cuisine, the irony of being a melancholy city throughout its history and literature (with emphasis on Fernando Pessoa) mixed with its unique light, castles, beaches, the artistic aspect present everywhere and the beauty of its streets are the main highlights.

The Blue Coast Sintra and Greater Lisbon tour is a great way to get to know the Lisbon of the discoveries and its attractive riverfront landscapes. An absolute must is Praia de Galapinhos in the Natural Parque of Arrábida. And how about a trip in a sailboat? You can stay at some of the best hotels in the area and have a private chef to prepare delicious picnics during the day on our tour breaks in the midst of nature. The Blue Coast Sintra and Greater Lisbon tour, don’t forget. Just click on the button and download the full no-obligation programme.

Portugal Rural

Castle of Monsaraz- Alentejo

In its article The best of rural Portugal: readers’ travel tips, The Guardian prefers to focus on a lesser known Portugal. It refers to the Vicentina Coast, the beach area that connects Lisbon to the Algarve, as a not-to-be-missed destination with huge ravines and beaches that are out of reach by car, but that offer visitors a moment of unique peace. Or the Castle of Monsaraz, in the heart of the Alentejo, where you can sample some of the best Portuguese wines and for a few moments become part of the daily life of this peaceful region.

This was what led us to concoct The Alentejo Vineyards Colours tour. Riding on one of our bikes, always accompanied by a van and a guide, you can travel through some of the region’s most famous wine producing estates, learn about the wine production process and even meet the people who make them. All this while staying in wine farms that have been converted into luxury hotels, with your own private chef to prepare typical Portuguese cuisine for picnics during the day in the middle of nature. The Alentejo Vineyards Colours. Just click on the button and download the full no-obligation programme.

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