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Did you know...

Winston Churchill loved Madeira? He lived in the fishing village of Camara de Lobos and spent his days painting scenes of the surrounding landscapes.

Something sweet...

Have a custard tart at Pasteis de Belem, the legendary shop that created the delicious treat and still makes them according to a secret recipe.

Decorative arts...

Go behind the scenes at the Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva Foundation, where artisans practice traditional decorative arts skills such as furniture making, marquetry, gold leafing, book making and leatherwork.

Unusual family activity...

Consider having us book an excursion to see ancient dinosaur tracks near Lisbon.

For romantics...

Portugal has many beautiful palaces and castles. Some of the finest are tucked into the hills around Sintra.

Must stay...

In Porto, we love The Yeatman, a wine-themed hotel with stunning views of the Douro River and the old town.

Favorite chefs...

Pedros Lemos and Rui Paula create modern takes on traditional Portuguese cuisine in their upscale Porto restaurants.

Jewish touring

Explore Portugal’s rich Jewish heritage, including ancient synagogues and Jewish neighborhoods, in hill towns little changed for hundreds of years.

Portuguese wine

Some of Portugal’s best wines come from the Douro region, a beautiful river valley where terraced vineyards cling to hillsides. We also like the rural Alentejo region, which produces a range of wines from rustic to refined. We arrange private wine tasting experiences in both areas.

Must buy...

Traditional tiles, linens, gold jewelry, antiques, cork products, leather goods, Claus Porto soap, tinned seafood and Madeira embroidery.

Favorite hike...

The historic levadas (irrigation channels) that crisscross the island of Madeira offer access to great scenery.

A sad song...

We arrange for our travelers to experience a performance of plaintive fado music in a local restaurant.

Gorgeous gardens...

Let us know if you’d like to visit some of Portugal’s most beautiful gardens in Lisbon and Sintra, including botanical gardens and Moorish gardens.

Must try...

Seafood, a Portuguese specialty, including delicious clams, octopus and bacalhau (salted cod).

Favorite drinks in Madeira...

A sip of Madeira wine in a wine cellar, afternoon tea at Reid’s Palace, and a glass of poncha—a traditional drink made with rum-like sugarcane spirit, fruit juice and honey—on a terrace overlooking the sea.

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Portugal in Photos

  • Just Back: Portugal

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Portugal on Our Blog

  • An Interview with an Artisans of Leisure Portugal Guide
  • Portuguese tiles (azulejos) are a visual delight and a travel highlight
  • A gourmet hideaway in Lisbon’s botanical garden

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