Portugal | Designer Travel



Beaches, golf and luxury hotels

Did you know that Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe? The population are proud of their rich cultural heritage and with many parts of the country enjoying year-round sunshine, it’s hard for visitors not to develop a yearning to return to visit year after year. Portugal is both a couples and a family destination as boutique retreats are easily found plus there’s plenty of activities such as wine tours and sightseeing trips, yet families will feel right at home thanks to the relatively short flight time from the UK and the fantastic selection of luxury accommodation and villa options available.

The Algarve enjoys a world-wide reputation for its magnificent golf courses and, with so many courses to choose from, it is a destination that will suit all levels of golfers from beginners to professional. It’s also famous for its superb beaches, elegant resorts and enchanting fishing villages. Lisbon is well worth a visit with the popular family-friendly oceanarium to see and the historic Mosterio dos Jeronimos.

For those travellers wishing to go a little further afield, why not holiday on the beautiful island of Madeira? Madeira has been described as “an exotic floating garden” and the island enjoys verdant landscapes and a stunning coastline. Funchal, the capital, is a bustling Portuguese city offering a cosmopolitan choice of shops and restaurants.

Whilst Madeira doesn’t count sandy beaches as one of its assets, the island’s luxury hotels feature superb pools and sunbathing terraces often set amidst lush gardens. It’s also a popular choice for hikers as there are miles and miles of coastal, canal and mountain paths to explore.

One of the best ways to explore Portugal is by car as you’ll find your way to hidden coves and beaches plus little villages and picturesque spots that are just off the beaten track and that seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of your busy home life.

At Designer Travel, we listen to you to find out what you want from your luxury holiday to Portugal and we seek out the best options to ensure that the holiday you want is the holiday you get. If you’re after five-star luxury accommodation right in the thick of things, we can deliver. Similarly, if you want a villa with a pool and plenty of rooms so all your family are comfortable, we can source that for you as well. We can build your bespoke holiday just as you want it and you will have the peace of mind that your tailor-made holiday to Portugal has been designed around your budget and to your tastes. We have Travel Experts that know Portugal inside out and who are happy to search through the hundreds of suppliers around to find you the best price.

Key Highlights
  • Portugal is a great luxury destination for families, friends and couples
  • Southern Portugal has standout destinations of Faro, Lagos, Tavira and Portimao to explore
  • The Serra do Geres mountain range in northern Portugal’s Minho region is a hikers paradise
  • For something totally different, try out the world’s only cross border zipline which connects Spain’s Huelva province with Alcoutim in the far north of the Algarve
  • The island of Madeira has a stunning coastline and an abundance of gardens
  • Golfers will appreciate the top-class courses including Monte Rei, Vilamoura and Quinta do Lago
  • Hiring a car is a wonderful option if you like to find your own way around
  • Villas, hotels and apartments are plentiful giving you a wide variety of accommodation options to choose from

Travel Information

Flying Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Medical Information

We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances. Up-to-date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

Climate Information

Portugal offers a temperate climate with hot summers and cool wet winters. The climate is cool and rainy in the north and it becomes gradually sunnier and warmer the further south you go. The Algarve benefits from a dry and sunny microclimate. Refreshing sea breezes keep temperatures at a comfortable 25°C on the Atlantic coastline in the summer months.

June to mid-September is sunny and warm in the centre and south with the daily average temperature in Porto being 20°C. Lisbon’s average summer temperature is higher at around 23.5°C and August can bring highs of around 28°C.

Winters can bring a lot of rain especially at the coast.

Leisure & Activities

Statue of Christ the King (Monumento Cristo Rei)
One of Lisbon’s most iconic sites, Monumento Cristo Rei is situated in the heart of Lisbon overlooking the capital city. The viewing platform at the base of the statue offers magnificent panoramic views.

Known for its sunny climate and outstanding beaches, the Algarve is the perfect destination for those wanting to immerse themselves in gorgeous beaches, historical sites, mouth-watering cuisine and picturesque towns at an affordable cost.

Portugal is renowned the world over for its magnificent golf courses. The Algarve, in particular, offers world class golf links to suit every player. Some of the best courses include Laguna, Ocean Golf Course, and Pine Cliffs.

Destinations in Portugal