The Ultimate Travel Guide to Portugal

If you’re like me, you’ve been hearing a LOT about Portugal lately. It seemed like as soon as the clock struck the new year this year, we all went from holiday mode to TRAVEL PLANNING MODE, and I love it. Portugal is a destination I keep getting asked about over and over again in my instagram DM’s. And let’s just say it is on my top destinations you should visit in 2024 list for a reason! I’ve traveled to Portugal four times now, twice with my husband on romantic adventures and road trips through Portugal, once with friends for a friend’s wedding, and once as a family with our baby boy (it’s such a great family friendly destination!!!) So, if Portugal is at the top of your travel list this year, you’re in luck – I’m giving you alllll the juicy deets from my trips to Portugal, from the best regions to visit, what areas of Portugal are best to fly into, the best restaurants and must-see activities for your trip, to the top winery recommendations in Portuguese wine country and MORE! This coastal European travel destination has it all — rich history, majestically stunning landscapes, delicious food (and wine!!!) and a vibrant culture. Whether you’re a city explorer, beach lover, art lover, hiker, wine enthusiast, a couple, a group of friends, or a family looking for a fun European destination, Portugal has something for everyone.

 

First: Quick Tips for Traveling to Portugal

Portugal is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, a beach bum, an art lover, or an avid explorer, this country has something to offer everyone. But first things first, let’s talk some key logistics.

Where to Fly Into: When jet-setting off to Portugal, your best bets are kicking off your trip in either Lisbon or Porto. Both cities boast major international airports, making your arrival as smooth as can be. From there, you can easily access the many regions that Portugal has in store, or kick off a Portuguese road trip!

Tips for Traveling There: Now, before we get into the nitty-gritty of our journey, here are some handy tips to keep in mind:

Currency used In Portugal: Portugal uses the Euro (€), so it’s always good to have some on hand.

Language Spoken in Portugal: Portuguese is the official language, but many locals speak English, so communication won’t be a problem.

Safety of Portugal: Portugal is known for its safety, and I’ve never felt unsafe here. But as with any destination (or even at home!), it’s smart to be vigilant about valuables in crowded places or tourist hot spots.

Weather in Portugal: The best time to visit is during the spring (April/May) and fall (September/Early October) for pleasant weather without the summer crowds. However, I do love the warm summers! So if you don’t mind some crowds, it’s a great time to go too. My favorite time we’ve ever visited was September.

What’s the ideal Portugal travel itinerary?

It depends how much time you have, of course. But, for me, I think you fly into Lisbon or Porto (or Faro even on the Algarve Coast if you find a good flight that goes there – but it’s a smaller airport!), rent a car, and explore the country. I like hitting the coast (the Algarve Coast is one of the most stunning places in the world), Lisbon, quaint towns along the coast, and all the way to ending in Porto and Douro Valley wine country. It’s a total of a 5 hour drive from the Algarve Coast to Porto, which is really nothing if you stop in cute towns along the way (or stay over in Comporta! Which I recommend doing – it’s exactly half way and super cute and charming – I have recommendations for each region below!) 

The Best Places to See in Portugal

Porto

My favorite city in Portugal (yes, above Lisbon!) where beautiful history and architecture meets laid-back charm, and riverfront views

A City Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Porto Portugal

Porto is a city with so much character and a rich history. 

Must-do’s in Porto:

Visit the Sao Bento Train Station, one of the most beautiful in the world

Palacio Da Bolsa – Beautiful building located in the historical centre of the city, classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site

Porto Cathedral – a beautiful Cathedral in the center of Porto

Livraria Lello – Explore this enchanting bookshop, often considered one of the world’s most beautiful.

Port Wine Cellars – Take a tour and tasting at renowned cellars like Graham’s or Sandeman.

Check out the McDonald’s – yep you read that right, the Porto McDonald’s is SO cool!

The best tours from Porto:

 

 

 

 

The Best Places to Stay in Porto

Torel Avantgarde

Torel Avantgarde is a boutique hotel in the center of Porto that we loved staying in on our last trip. Each room and suite has a unique artistic flair and I loved the pool and breakfast here! It made for a perfect home base for our Porto leg of our latest trip, and is my favorite spot I’ve stayed in Porto yet!

With its great location, Torel Avantgarde offers easy access to Porto’s historic sites and cute neighborhoods. And it was family-friendly, too!

 

The Yeatman 

A chic luxury hotel located in the Santa Marinha neighborhood, with a spectacular position overlooking the river and historical center of Porto, the Yeatman hotel is a wine-lover’s dream. Everything about this luxury hotel in Porto, from the decanter-shaped pool to the 25,000-bottle cellar to the grape-infused treatments in the spa, revolves around a love for fine wine. The Yeatman has great service, spacious rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant and stunning views over Porto. It’s a great spot if you’re looking for a luxury hotel in Porto!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hotel Moon & Sun Porto

Hotel Moon & Sun Porto is another good choice for modern accommodations in Porto. The hotel’s sleek design and comfortable rooms create a welcoming atmosphere. Situated in the heart of the city, it offers easy access to Porto’s attractions, making it a good base for exploring. Check rates for your dates here

PortoBay Flores

PortoBay Flores is a charming and historic hotel that transports guests to another era of Portugal. Set in a renovated 16th-century palace, it has such a cute charm. The hotel offers a blend of classic luxury and modern comforts, and has a romantic atmosphere. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Best Places to Eat in Porto

The best restaurants for dinner in Porto

Elemento

We loved this place so much we have been five or so times. It has a Michelin star and is so much more affordable than any restaurant of its caliber that I’ve ever stepped foot in. Highly recommend doing the wine tasting pairing with the chef’s menu for the full experience (and sit at the bar!). You can choose a la carte or a chef’s tasting menu. If you’re not doing the wine pairing, I suggest the vinho verde wine to start – it’s a varietal only found in Portugal and I loved it!! I also am still dreaming about Elemento’s Oxtail ravioli – WOW.

Tasco

Tasco was fab. We enjoyed the service. The food. The cocktails. Order the octopus! Also the veal!

Le Monument Restaurant

A beautiful fine dining culinary experience, Le Monument is a must if you’re looking for an upscale michelin-starred restaurant in Porto.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For fresh juices & healthy breakfast or brunch

Nola Kitchen

We love this spot for breakfast in the morning in Porto! I love their fresh juices and avocado toast! This place is super healthy and the service was amazing. If you’re a healthy eater or looking for vegan or vegetarian food in Porto, this would be a great spot to check out. We only went for breakfast (many times!!!) but they also have what looks like an incredible lunch menu too. 

 

The Best Place to Get a Charcuterie Board or Cheese Plate in Porto

Queijaria Do Almada

Queijaria Do Almada is a cheese lover’s dream come true. This little gem specializes in all things cheese. You can sample a wide range of cheeses from Portugal and beyond. It’s a cozy spot where you can enjoy a cheese platter or two with a glass of wine.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Obica

I also loved the meats and cheeses at Obica – a mozzarella bar (yum) located on a hip street in downtown Porto. You may want to stay all the way through dinner as their wines and pastas are amazing too!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Royal Cocktail Club

The Royal Cocktail Club is a stunning bar in Porto. It’s not just a bar; it’s like a work of art!!! The place is beautiful, and the drinks are out of this world. If you’re in the mood for fantastic cocktails in a stylish setting, this is the spot to be.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Manteigaria – Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata

Manteigaria – Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata  is a legendary bakery in Porto with over 120 years of history. It’s famous for its mouthwatering pastel de nata, a traditional Portuguese pastry. If you want to taste a piece of history and enjoy the best pastel de nata in town, this is the place to go. It’s a sweet treat you won’t forget.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Douro Valley

Portuguese Wine Country

Whether or not you’re a wine connoisseur, Douro Valley is an absolute paradise tucked into the countryside valleys of Portugal. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed region is famous for its terraced vineyards and world-class wines (Fun fact: Portugal has incredible wines, far from just the Port they’re famous for wordwide, but most of their best wine producers don’t export to the USA – they’re very small production (and high quality!), so you will be blown away by the wine you taste here!). You can visit Douro Valley via car, train or boat (how cool is that!!)

What to do in Douro Valley

Wine Taste!

Here are some tastings you should do when you’re in the valley:

Quinta do Vallado – Explore this historic winery with guided tours and tastings.

Quinta do Crasto – Enjoy wine tours and breathtaking river views.

Quinta do Mourão is right next door to the Six Senses and is a great place to visit. Here, you can taste some of the best Port and Douro famous wines, and explore the cool, dark cellars.

Quinta da Pacheca in Lamego is one of the Douro’s oldest wineries, and one of the first properties to bottle wine under its own label. Learn all about winemaking operations for the wonderful whites, reds, rosés or ports that you’ll no doubt be enjoying in the tasting room later on. 

Take a Douro River Cruise – Experience the region’s beauty from a unique perspective on the water.

 

 

The Best Places to Stay in Douro Valley

*JETSET TIP: The best places to stay book up farrrr in advance, so if you see a place you like with availability on your dates, I’d snag it while you can!*

Six Senses Douro Valley

I’ve had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Six Senses Douro Valley multiple times, and it is one of my happy places! Located right in the heart of Douro Valley vineyards, with spectacular views from every angle, this resort offers top-notch amenities, spa treatments, and delicious farm-to-table dining. Six Senses is definitely a perfect place to unwind, savor and enjoy Douro Valley’s beauty. Something I love that Six Senses always seems to do so well around the world is they really honor the region they are in and lean into it in such a unique way. Each Six Senses resort truly FEELS like the country or city it is a part of, and you feel like you are a part of it, and you learn so much about it while you’re there, rather than feeling like an outsider encroaching on a place in some boring big box hotel chain hotel that feels like it could be anywhere in the world. There is such attention to detail here, and that detail and appreciation of the Portuguese culture is why I love this hotel so much.

We usually don’t leave the resort much when we stay here – because they have everything you need! There are hiking trails right on property, and they even have some of the best sommeliers conduct private or semi-private wine tastings where you can taste soooo many amazing wines. So while it’s fun to get out and about, you also could just relax on property and still feel like you saw so much. 

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The Vintage House Hotel

The Vintage House Hotel is another good option for your stay in Douro Valley. Located in the heart of the region, this little hotel is full of charm and comes at a much more approachable price point than the nearby Six Senses. With its riverside location and picturesque surroundings, you’ll have a great stay while exploring the local wineries that Douro has to offer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Quinta da Pacheca – The Wine House Hotel

For those seeking a more intimate and fun, unique experience, Quinta da Pacheca is an excellent choice. Here, you will stay inside of a WINE BARREL!! (yes, you read that right!!) which is sooo cool. This charming wine estate offers cozy accommodations in the heart of the Douro Valley. Guests can enjoy wine tastings, vineyard tours, and delicious gourmet meals prepared with local produce and ingredients. A daily breakfast buffet is served at the property. And you can also taste and buy the wine produced at Quinta da Pacheca.

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Quinta da Salada

If you’re looking for a cute, quiet, quaint stay in the heart of the vineyards, look no further. Quinta da Salada has a beautiful garden and views of the valley, and is a sustainable farm stay set in Lamego in Douro Valley. This property offers a rooftop pool, free WiFi and free private parking. They also have family rooms, and an outdoor fireplace. There is a coffee shop, bar and lounge on property.

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Quinta do Tedo

Quinta do Tedo is a hidden boutique hotel gem in Douro Valley. This family-owned winery and guesthouse offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the winemaking culture of this special region of Portugal. Stay in comfortable rooms surrounded by vineyards and enjoy guided tours and tastings of their exceptional wines. It’s a memorable experience for wine enthusiasts. This award-winning wine tourism bed & breakfast has an outdoor swimming pool and is inserted in an ecological reserve, set at the convergence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. Every guest has a guest Special Wine tasting provided – everyday and the 5 air-conditioned rooms boast views of the river and feature a fan, a minibar, a smartTV and a private bathroom. In the swimming pool area, guests will find a terrace with views. A continental breakfast is included and served each morning, and Quinta do Tedo has a partnership with Geadas Brothers, holders of a Michelin star, they bring to Douro a signature cuisine which is delicious!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Best Places to Eat in Douro Valley

The Vale de Abraão Restaurant – located on property at Six Senses

This restaurant on property at Six Senses is unbelievably good, and well worth a visit for dinner even if you’re not staying at the resort! With a gorgeous inside and a large terrace, the Vale de Abraão restaurant boasts a traditional Portuguese walk-in fireplace and 18th century azulejo tiles, cork ceilings and granite floors. Outside, there is a sunny terrace with beautiful vineyard views and fountain (this is where I like to dine!!!). Classic, yet contemporary décor creates an intimate atmosphere with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. They feature seasonal, market-inspired tasting menus and an Open Kitchen Experience along with an a la carte menu that’s inspired by the wood fired ovens and Josper grill. Our Chefs chat to our guests in a fun and informal setting while they cook delicious meals using the best quality fresh ingredients of the region

DOC – Chef Rui Paula

DOC, helmed by renowned Chef Rui Paula, is a culinary gem in Douro Valley. This Michelin-starred restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience with its innovative Portuguese cuisine. Located by the river, it provides stunning views of the vineyards and the Douro River. They also have a vegetarian menu! This spot is a must-visit for foodies in Portugal. (By the way, if you’re a foodie visiting Portugal, you must also check out my top restaurants in Porto list!)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Castas e Pratos

Castas e Pratos is a delightful restaurant that combines fine dining with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Situated in the heart of Douro Valley, it specializes in Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine. The menu features a variety of dishes crafted from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, making it a perfect dinner spot. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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O Lagar – Restaurante

For casual, authentic Portuguese food (great lunch or dinner spot!), this tiny restaurant hidden in an 18th century village is bound to be one of your favorites.

The River

The River restaurant offers a picturesque setting right by the Douro River. Guests can enjoy their meals on the terrace while taking in the breathtaking views of the valley. The menu showcases a blend of Portuguese and international dishes.

Casa Do Arco

Casa Do Arco is a culinary gem nestled in the heart of Douro Valley. This restaurant offers a dining experience that beautifully combines traditional Portuguese flavors with a contemporary twist.

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Bistro Terrace – Quinta do Tedo

The Bistro Terrace at Quinta do Tedo is great spot to dine with a view in Douro Valley. Set amidst the vineyards and overlooking the Douro River, this bistro offers a unique blend of gourmet cuisine and natural beauty. Guests can enjoy a diverse menu featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients, paired with the estate’s exceptional wines. The combination of delectable food and stunning surroundings makes Bistro Terrace a must-visit for those exploring the Douro Valley.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lisbon

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a city that effortlessly combines tradition and modernity. You can stroll through old neighborhoods with cable cars and beautiful tiled buildings, enjoy amazing food like Portugal’s famous “pasteis de nata”, or super-fresh seafoods, and see amazing views of the city all around. It’s not too big, so you can explore easily. Plus, there are also nice beaches and coast to explore nearby.

When visiting Lisbon you definitely don’t want to miss these amazing places:

  • Belem Tower: Check out this iconic fortress by the Tagus River.
  • Alfama: Get lost in the maze-like streets of Lisbon’s oldest district.
  • Sintra: 30 minutes outside of Lisbon but a must-see!
  • Cascais: Another drive outside of Lisbon, but beautiful
 

 

The Best Places to Stay in Lisbon

Hotel Santa Caterina Verride

Hotel Santa Caterina Verride is a luxurious haven in the heart of Lisbon. With its stunning views of the city and the Tagus River, this boutique hotel offers an unforgettable experience. The elegant rooms, impeccable service, and rooftop terrace make it a perfect choice for travelers seeking a sophisticated stay. Its central location allows easy access to Lisbon’s historic sites and vibrant neighborhoods.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Lumiares Hotel – Small Luxury Hotels of the World

The Lumiares Hotel is a stylish 5-star boutique Hotel & Spa in the heart of the fashionable Bairro Alto area of Lisbon. This is the place to stay if you want fantastic views and a cool atmosphere in Lisbon. With a view that’ll take your breath away, this hotel is perfect for those who love to soak in the cityscape from their room.

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Hotel da Baixa

Hotel da Baixa is a hotel that encapsulates the essence of Lisbon’s historic downtown. Housed in a beautifully restored 18th-century building, it combines classic elegance with modern comforts. You’ll enjoy their stylish lounge area and rooms, and a prime location that allows easy exploration of Lisbon’s iconic sights and cultural attractions.

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Hapimag Resort Lisbon

Hapimag Resort Lisbon offers a tranquil retreat in the bustling city. This resort provides spacious apartments with all the comforts of home, making it an excellent choice for families and long-term travelers. With a beautiful garden and outdoor pool, it provides a relaxing escape from the urban hustle and bustle. Hapimag Resort Lisbon offers a peaceful oasis while still being conveniently situated near Lisbon’s attractions.

 

The Best Places to Eat in Lisbon

Café de São Bento

Café de São Bento is an iconic Lisbon spot known for its amazing steaks. Imagine juicy, perfectly grilled steaks that have made this place legendary. It’s a must-visit if you love steak and want a taste of classic Portuguese cuisine.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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SEEN

SEEN was my favorite ‘hip’ spot to get dinner in in Lisbon. It’s BEAUTIFUL, and the food is so good. and, true to its name, it’s a scene. Hip and contemporary, this isn’t the most traditional Portuguese place on the list, but it is one of the best restaurants to check out for dinner! 

Porter Bistro

A great menu full of typical Portuguese dishes, you won’t be disappointed! 

Pigmeu

Pigmeu is a cozy and modern restaurant in Lisbon. They serve up delicious Portuguese and Mediterranean dishes with a twist. You can expect a menu filled with yummy options made from local ingredients. Pigmeu is the perfect place to try out innovative dishes in a relaxed setting.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cura

Cura is a fancy dining spot in Lisbon that’s all about Portuguese cuisine with a modern twist. They serve up creative and beautifully presented dishes that put a new spin on old favorites. With its elegant setting and top-notch service, it’s a great choice for a special meal.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Feitoria

Feitoria is a top-notch restaurant in Lisbon with a Michelin star to its name. Here, you’ll embark on a culinary adventure through Portugal’s flavors. They blend traditional ingredients with modern techniques to create dishes that are truly extraordinary. The restaurant’s stylish vibe and superb tasting menus make it a real treat for food lovers.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tasca Da Esquina

Tasca Da Esquina is a trendy and lively spot in Lisbon, perfect for enjoying Portuguese tapas with a modern twist. It’s all about casual, fun dining with a variety of small plates that showcase Portugal’s diverse flavors. Get ready for a vibrant atmosphere and a great time at this popular eatery.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Taberna Sal Grosso

Taberna Sal Grosso is a hidden gem in Lisbon. It’s a tiny, super-local spot that serves up incredibly delicious food. If you’re into trying authentic, local dishes in a cozy atmosphere, this place is a must-visit. It might be small, but the flavors are huge!!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cervejaria a Kiko 

Cervejaria a Kiko is the go-to spot in Lisbon for mouthwatering ceviche and seafood. The ceviche here is simply amazing. If you’re a seafood lover, you won’t want to miss out on the delicious dishes they serve up. It’s a seafood paradise waiting for you to explore.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Algarve Coast

If you’re visiting Portugal, there’s one destination you absolutely must include in your itinerary – the stunning Algarve! Located in the southern part of Portugal, right between the charming towns of Faro and Lagos, the Algarve is like Europe’s best-kept secret!! It’s a place where you’ll be find stunning beaches, thrilling Atlantic Ocean adventures, tee off at world-class golf courses, dive into exciting outdoor activities, and enjoy mouthwatering cuisine that includes not just one or two, but six Michelin-starred restaurants. I’ll let you in on a little secret – this place is absolutely incredible!! And one you don’t want to miss when traveling to Portugal.

 

 

What to do on the Algarve Coast

Get out on a boat!! The coastline is literally breathtaking!!! and the best way to see it is by the sea!

 

 

 

 

Algar Seco – Carvoeiro

Walk around the Algar Seco and see all the gorgeous rocks jutting out from the azure blue sea. It’s stunning! We had so much fun hiking (strolling) around here. and even though I did it in flip flops, I would recommend tennis shoes for the comfort of climbing all over these rocks! 

Ponta de Piedade

Ponta de Piedade of the most famous ‘instagram spots’ in Portugal for its gorgeous scenic rock formations!! Definitely go here. It’s a must-see!!! So beautiful.

Go beach hopping!

What are the most beautiful beaches of the Algarve Coast?

Praia de Dona Ana

Praia do Camilo / Camilo Beach

Praia de Prainha

Praia da Marinha

Praia dos Arrifes

Praia de Bordeira

Praia do Canavial

Praia dos Estudantes

I’ve mapped out all of these beaches and where they are so you can plan which ones make sense for your trip!

Here is my google map of the above spots.

Where to Stay in Algarve

Hotel Bela Vista – where we stayed in Portimao

I absolutely loved this charming luxury boutique hotel located right on the beach on the Algarve Coast. The decor is AMAZING and feels so traditional Portugal (tiles everywhere!) the service was great and the breakfast was to die for. I loved basing here for exploring the coast! They also set us up with a boat tour through the hotel that was fabulous. Highly recommend staying here at this gem of a hotel on the Algarve Coast if it’s available on your dates! 

Villa Vita Parc

Villa Vita Parc is a luxury eco-certified hotel near Marinha Beach with a free breakfast, 9 holes of golf, and 3 outdoor pools with swim-up bars. People love this hotel’s beachfront location, bike rentals, and onsite spa, not to mention the 12 onsite restaurants, which feature French cuisine and garden views. 

Lagos

When it comes to experiencing the heart of the Algarve, Lagos is many people’s go-to for where to base from. Picture a town that perfectly blends convenience with exploration, and the beautiful beaches are just a stroll away. However, I find Lagos to be a bit busy and “collegey”/ hostely for my tastes, so I prefer the towns tucked away from the bustle of Lagos.

Where to stay in Sagres, Algarve:

Memmo Baleeira Hotel Sagres

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Carvoeiro – an Adorable Residential Retreat

For those looking to explore the Algarve Coast while enjoying a quieter, residential atmosphere, Carvoeiro is a great spot. Located just a 10-15 minute drive from some of Algarve’s most pristine beaches and the region’s most breathtaking hikes. We stopped by here for a morning and loved walking around on our way to hike the coast.

Where to stay in Carvoeiro:

Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort

This is a great spot to stay for the incredible VIEWS!! Whether or not you’re staying there, you must go to their restaurant at sunset because WOW.

The Best Restaurants in Algarve

Windmill (Albufiera)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Restaurant Vila Joya (Gale)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Luca’s Rooftop Restaurant (Lagos)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bel’mare Gastrobar (Faro)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ti Maria Panorâmico (Fuseta)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Comporta

A Low-key, Hidden Coastal Paradise

Comporta is a coastal paradise, full of amazing beaches, breathtaking views, and charming vibes!!! Comporta is a small village with a big heart. Its laid-back, bohemian atmosphere is simply enchanting and you won’t want to leave. You won’t find high-rises or crowds here, just cozy local spots, friendly faces, and a sense of tranquility that’s hard to come by. If you’re planning a family vacation, consider renting a luxury VRBO in Comporta for a cozy and memorable stay. This is also a place that draws in the international jet-set, including celebrated artists, designers, and A-listers. 

The Best Places to Stay in Comporta

Rent a dreamy Portguese villa on the coast

Here are a few recommendations for villas:

Portugal Country House surrounded by nature

Pool

 

Or stay in a boutique hotel

Sublime Comporta

Sublime Comporta is a hidden paradise in the charming village of Comporta. The area is surrounded by lush rice fields and pine forests, offering a tranquil and serene retreat. With its stylish design, luxurious amenities, and a focus on sustainability, Sublime Comporta provides an eco-friendly yet indulgent experience. Guests can relax by the pool, dine on delicious local cuisine, and explore the beautiful beaches nearby.
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Quinta da Comporta

Quinta da Comporta is a delightful rural estate that captures the essence of Comporta’s natural beauty. This property offers a range of accommodation options, from charming cottages to elegant villas. Set amidst vineyards and gardens, it provides guests with a peaceful and authentic experience. Quinta da Comporta is the perfect choice for those seeking a tranquil escape while being close to the stunning beaches and landscapes of Comporta.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Spatia Comporta

Spatia Comporta is a haven of luxury in the heart of Comporta. This amazing hotel boasts contemporary design, spacious suites, and a serene atmosphere. Guests can unwind in the spa, savor delicious cuisine, and enjoy the beautiful gardens. With its convenient location, Spatia Comporta is an ideal base for exploring the nearby beaches and the unique charm of Comporta village

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Best Places to Eat in Comporta

Cavalariça Comporta

Cavalariça Comporta is a great dining spot in the heart of Comporta. This place has all the charm you’d expect from a small town restaurant. They serve up tasty dishes that are a blend of traditional and modern flavors, making it a must-visit for foodies looking to explore the local cuisine.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Gomes Casa de Vinhos & Petiscos

Gomes Casa de Vinhos & Petiscos is a cozy spot where you can enjoy good wine and delicious snacks. It’s a laid-back place where you can unwind with friends. They offer a great selection of wines and tasty bites, making it a perfect choice for a relaxed evening.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Quinta da Comporta Restaurant

Quinta da Comporta Restaurant is a delightful dining destination in Comporta. It’s all about fresh and locally sourced ingredients here. You can expect a menu filled with dishes that celebrate the flavors of the region. The restaurant’s inviting ambiance adds to the overall dining experience.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sem Porta

Sem Porta is a hidden gem in Comporta, perfect for those who want to escape the touristy crowds. This restaurant is all about simple, delicious food. You’ll find a menu that focuses on fresh ingredients and authentic flavors, served in a cozy setting that feels like home.

Madeira & The Azores

Should I visit Madeira or the Azores during my Portugal trip?

Both Madeira and the Azores are incredible travel destinations owned by Portugal, however, they are not as close and easy to get to as one might hope! I’ve found that when travelers look into the details of flying between the mainland and Madeira or the Azores, they tend to realize they are usually two different trips, unless you have enough time! It’s kind of like going to the USA for the first time and wanting to go to Hawaii in the same trip. There’s so much to see on the mainland, that I’d encourage you to stick to the mainland, unless you have a ton of time! If you have two weeks, definitely hit either Madeira or the Azores in the same trip! It’s a 2 hour flight from Lisbon to Madeira, and 3 hour flight to the Azores.

What are Madeira and the Azores?

Madeira

Madeira is known for its tropical climate and majestic cliffs and makes for a beautiful chic European retreat on an island Atlantic oasis. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Azores

The Azores is an archipelago of nine volcanic islands and is an ideal destination for those who want to immerse themselves in nature and hiking and experience the beauty of the natural landscape. All the islands of the Azores have hiking trails, and feature lagoons, extinct volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains, and more.

Volcanic crater lake of Sete Cidades, the Azores

Crater lakes on the Azores © Vicky SP / Shutterstock

What’s better – Madeira or the Azores?

They cater to different travelers. Of the two, Madeira is most my style I feel like and is higher on my list – but the Azores seems like it would be ideal for a hiking lover or nature lover.

I haven’t yet done Madeira myself, but it’s high on my list! Here’s where I plan on staying when we do!

Where to stay in Madeira

Reid’s Palace – A Belmond Hotel – Clifftop luxury Atlantic oasis

 

 
 
 
 
 
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What to Pack for Portugal

Cute Portugal Outfits I love:

L*SPACE Catalina Top in White

L*SPACE Barcelona Dress in Cream

FAITHFULL THE BRAND Isole Playsuit in Bayou Stripe

L*SPACE Lisola Cover Up in Tapioca

Sundress Magda Dress in Flowers Print

Shani Shemer Lenny Shorts in Blue Flowers

FAITHFULL THE BRAND Le Bon Midi Dress in Bayou Stripe

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  • Joanie
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    This is an amazing itinerary and Portugal was on my list of places for 2024. How much time would you spend in Porto and Lisbon?

    Thanks,
    Joanie

    January 16, 2024

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