Portugal is defined by marvelous wine, unique culture, beautiful scenery, and a maritime past. The steep inclines of the city streets may mirror San Francisco, but upon entering a cupboard-sized Ginjinha Bar you’ll know you’re in Lisbon. Navigate a maze of medieval lanes, which reveal beautiful murals and ornate brickwork in public squares. And be forewarned: the addictive Pastéis de Belém is just one of Portugal’s tasty treasures.
Just an hour drive from Lisbon, Bombarral kisses the ocean; its climate perfectly primed for wine production. Considered the Napa Valley of Portugal, take a tour and tasting at Quinta do Sanguinhal winery. Discover 19th-century gardens, a restored distillery that produces brandy and grappa, and stone tanks where grapes were trodden with wooden presses from 1871.
To the spectacular medieval village of Serra de Marvao. Perched atop a rocky hillside at 3000 feet, the town’s narrow, cobble-stoned streets are lined with whitewashed houses and 13th-century castles. Continue north to the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and stay at the remote Casa das Penhas Douradas. Hike through pristine trails followed by a delectable meal paired with unbeatable views.
Your itinerary wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Porto! Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site by boat. Cruise the Douro River at sunset and find six iconic bridges. Port wine lodges beckon from the riverbanks, including Sandeman, Churchill’s, and Taylors.
To discover your own treasures in this diverse country, contact your favorite Jet Set Advisor.