Tuesday, 31 December 2013


TravelTailors wishes you a happy new year from Madeira, and a 2014 full of trips!

Friday, 27 December 2013


The Bolhão Market is a famous market in the city of Oporto. It is a two-level complex with a neoclassic architecture built in 1914. It has four different areas divided by products: fish, butcher, garden and flowers. In its surroundings there are many other shops, such as clothes stores, coffee houses and perfume shops among many others. Its name is due to a rivulet that crossed through the area, and formed a water bubble in the place where the market is today, naming it “Bulhão”, that means a big bubble.

If you visit Oporto you should not miss this traditional Market http://www.travel-tailors.com/detalhado.php?i=170

Wednesday, 25 December 2013


Here you will find some of the best trails in Portugal for cycling and walking. Several signed routes allow you to pass through charming little villages lost in the mountains. MTB Centers offer cross country, downhill and freeride trails (more than 10), with four difficulty levels, appropriate for all kinds of users, from beginners to more demanding bikers.

Transfer from the airport to Ferraria de São João (optional). In this countryside village is still possible to be part of traditional activities that some of the 40 inhabitants keep doing. Like making the goat cheese, be a shepherd for one day with the communitarian goatherd, pick olives or grapes. If you have a car, you can visit several castles in the region, two Roman Villages or go to Fatima's Sanctuary, well known as a religious site. 
Lodging and dinner: Casa do Zé Sapateiro 

MTB - Ferraria de São João MTB Center.
This centre has five trails available, with different difficult levels. The easiest trail, with only 3.8 km/ 2.4 mi, is ideal for a relaxed ride, contemplating the view over the village. The remaining ones are rather more technical and long, while passing through areas of great beauty, such as Ribeira das Ferrarias valley, Fragas da Lagoa, Campêlo ou São João do Deserto. The longest ride (75 km / 47 mi) is a whole-day challenge in a mountain setting, and part of its attraction is the section that takes you through the intricate streets of Gondramaz. Other highlights are the river beaches of Ana de Aviz and Fragas de São Simão, as well as the beautiful Casal de São Simão village.

Walking - Ferraria de São João | Casal de São Simão | Ferraria de São João
(11,5km/ 7,2mi | +340m/ +1115ft | 5h)
This walk takes you to Casal de São Simão village that thanks to the presence of new inhabitants recently moved in is rediscovering old traditions like popular and religious fairs. The track leads you along Ribeira das Ferrarias (Ferrarias stream), where you'll have the chance to see old water mills, until you arrive to the picturesque Casal de São João Village. And the best comes in the end. In a hot summer day, you will have the chance to refresh yourself at the fluvial beach of Fragas de S. Simão. After visiting the village you can have an optional transfer to Ferraria de São João.
Lodging and dinner: Casa do Zé Sapateiro

Our proposal for today is a day of riding in Lousã MTB Center. [option]
Morning transfer to Lousã (approx. 45m).
The MTB trails in the Lousã area are a real journey in time through picturesque villages and ancient mountain shepherd routes. From the most accessible trail, ideal for a family journey, to the serious challenges that draw the line between experienced mountain bikers and beginners, Lousã has it all! The unique landscape of the Lousã mountain range is stimulating in every trail. Other rewards, especially in more demanding rides, are reaching the top and the downhill thrill that follows. It is guaranteed fun!

Walking - Lousã | Talasnal | Casal Novo Walking trail ( 7km / 4.4mi | 3h)
[option] Transfer to Lousã (approx. 45 min).
This walking trail is located mainly on the slopes of Serra da Lousã and connects the area of Lousã Castle and Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade with the two most emblematic Schist Villages in this area - Talasnal and Casal Novo. This hiking route is also a journey through time, because you will be repeating the same steps that the ancient residents of these villages did to reach Lousã. Often framed by vegetation, the trail is relatively protected in all seasons. Due to the accumulated climbs and descents, it requires good physical condition, however, you can choose a signed shortcut (PR2.1) to make it shorter.
Lodging and dinner: Casa do Zé Sapateiro

MTB - Gondramaz MTB Center (Down Hill and Free Ride)* or Ferraria de São João MTB Center
[option] Early morning transfer to Gondramaz (approx. 45min). Those who ride through these mountains and valleys will feel plenty of adrenaline, combining the pure pleasure of relaxation and fun with recharging one's batteries and revitalizing the mind. Gondramaz offers 4 downhill trails of different difficulty levels and skill, starting in "Torre 9" and ending at the entrance of the village. You may also descend a thrilling freeride trail with more than 9km.
*Requires driver/car or transfer supplement option to ride up.

Walking - Góis Schist Villages Walking trail (9.2km/ 5.7mi | 4h)
[option] Transfer to Aigra Nova (45 min).
This Schist Walking Trail loop runs through the four Schist Villages of the Góis County: Aigra Nova, Aigra Velha, Pena and Comareira. You can go directly from village to village or do the entire loop. If you want to hike the complete trail, we suggest you start in Aigra Nova, where you can visit Lousitânea NGO headquarters. The trail will take you through old shepherds path, water fountains where the shepherds still lead their herds to drink water and Pena stream with impressive views of Penedo de Góis cliffs and Penedo da Abelha (Bee Cliff) - famous for its beautiful rock climbing wall. If you are lucky you will be able to observe some otters and, weather allowing, see Serra da Estrela (Portugal's highest mountain - 2000 m/ 6562 ft).
Lodging and dinner: Casa do Zé Sapateiro (http://www.casadozesapateiro.com/)


Tuesday, 24 December 2013


TravelTailors wishes you a Merry Christmas from Lisbon!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013



By the beginning of December, Lisbon gets filled by Christmas lights and decorations which, along with the Christmas carols and activities, will make you feel the Christmas' spirit. This year at Terreiro do Paço, a square at Lisbon's historical center, there's a 3D projection in the facade arches. It is a 15 minutes-long projection called "Light Circus" with actors playing the leading roles and typical Portuguese music in the background. It shows a Christmas circus where the main characters are humans with animal heads. This is the third time that this initiative is made in the town center, and so far it has brought lots of people to the show. If you happen to be in Lisbon by this time of the year, you should not miss it!

There are projections during the weekdays until 25th of December at 7, 8, 9, 10 p.m and at the weekends at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 p.m. On 24th of December there's only a single projection at 6 p.m.

More information here
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This TravelTailors program promotes a sport with strong international recognition in Portugal, benefiting from its privileged coast: surf. It promotes the practice of this sport, with initiation of perfecting classes (according to previous experience). It empathizes the quality accommodations and restaurants in the surrounding areas.

Areia Branca
Arrival in Lisbon. 
Lisbon is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe! With blue skies almost all year round and a mild winter, Lisbon offers breathtaking panoramas of the city and the river, a picturesque setting where old trams take us from the narrow cobbled streets up to the excellent new hotels in broad boulevards, fabulous shopping opportunities of brand name and a fantastic nightlife. The old blends with the sophistication of the 21st century.

Alfama and the Castle give you a historic trip to the Arab and medieval times. In the areas of Chiado, Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real, you can find some of the trendiest restaurants and bars in Lisbon. During the day, the streets are filled with animated crowds strolling around the museums, the shops, the art galleries, the cafes or grocery stores that sell gourmet products. From the Baixa to the Marquês de Pombal Square, there are theaters, train stations, esplanades and alleys to take a walk in. In Belém, lies the majestic Jerónimos Monastery, the famous Tower of Belém, the Cultural Centre and the many museums and gardens that surround them. It is imperative to sample the delicious Pastéis de Belém!

Journey to Areia Branca. 

Around 20h30: Suggestion for dinner in Areia Branca. 
A magical place less than na hour from Lisbon: here you can fully breathe in nature. The pinetrees, dunes and the sea tell you their secrets. Feel the originality, the comfort and sophistication. Each one of the rooms confides in you a different story. In the restaurant, a trip filled with smells, flavors and colors awaits you, taking advantage of what the earth naturally gives us. 

Accommodation at hotel of the selected category.


Journey to Peniche. 
Before entering the town of Peniche, take a walk by the coast and let yourself be immersed in the wonderful spectacle of the sea. Coloring itself in tones of intense blue or deep green, either calm or with ferocious waves breaking in the rocks, this sea has molded sculptures in the rocks that have formed strange and dramatic forms, reminiscent of huge collapsed monuments. Take a walk in the Baleal beach, stretched out between two seas as if it were an island (and it has been one), highly sought after, along with the Consolação beach (south), for its excellent surf and bodyboard conditions. In Peniche, the fortress built by D. João IV in the 17th century formed, along with the Consolação and São João Baptista's beaches' forts, in Berlengas, an important military complex for protection again seaborne invasions.

Surf class in Peniche. 
Due to its geographic location, Peniche offers good waves all year round, being known worldwide as one of the best and most consistent spots for the practices of surf and bodyboard. There are several places with varied types of waves: from tubular waves, to ones less vertical and easier to surf, provided by the ideal sand bottoms for a safe initiation to these sports.

Journey to Ribeira d´Ilhas. 
This is a beautiful and cosy beach in Ericeira, in which the rock bottom (point-break) develops straight waves, either in the North part (that has the name Pontinha), or in the central part. It's a full beach: it's good for either an initiate or someone with much experience being also the chosen spot for carrying out one of the stages of the World Surf Championship.

Around 13h00: Suggestion for lunch in fresh fish restaurant, in Ericeira. 
Famous restaurant located next to the rocky cavities, it has a spectacular esplanade with a sea view, presenting a charcoal grilled fresh fish based menu. 

Journey to Guincho. 
In the Cascais área, the long sandy beach of Guincho is very sought after by everyone during Summer and all year round by surf and windsurf practitioners, sports for which this beach offers excellent conditions, with one of the World Surf Championship's stages being held here, in August.

Suggestion: bike ride in Guincho's bicycle path. 
By the sea, there is an 8km bicycle path, ideal to relax and enjoy the scenery. The bike rental is free. 

Around 20h30: suggestion for dinner in Guincho. 
Between the forest and Guincho's beach, we find a restaurante that shows a good mood and a lot of charm. A space with rustic and elegant décor, offering a pleasant sea view, its meny suggests fish dishes, such as the mixed sea grill or, if you prefer meat, a lamb chop with rosemary.

Accommodation at hotel of the selected category.


Journey to Milfontes. 
With a well preserved coast, the Alentejo littoral gathers busy beaches with wild ones, between River Sado's mouth and Algarve. If from Tróia to Sines you can enjoy a continuous stretch of sand, with such pleasant beaches such as Galé, Melides or Santo André, from the Sines' Port this natural paradise of sand and sea moves forward through Porto Covo, Milfontes, Almograve and Zambujeira do Mar, either in smoother openings or more rugged.

Around 12h30: suggestion for lunch in traditional portuguese cuisine restaurante, in Milfontes. 
Situated at the top of a cliff, this restaurant has a magnificent view to the ocean. The environment is very pleasant and relaxed, with tables and long wooden benches. It has a small esplanade, extremely inviting, for the warmer days. The cuisine offered is of great quality, with emphasis on the fish and seafood dishes. 

Journey to Sagres. 
With an origin previous to the roman conquest, it was in the 15th century that Sagres gained great importance. The frequent presence of the prince D. Henrique, during the beginning of the Atlantic navigation, associated forever this simple fishing port to the Portuguese Discoveries. Nearby, in the southeastern end of the European continent, lays the Cape of S. Vicente (Romans' Promotorium Sacrum), where a vast horizon of sea and sky opens itself before us.

Surf class in Sagres. 
According to your level of learning, we'll book a class in one of the most famous spots of the country. Sagres is an ideal place for surfing. The natural conditions of a great part of the atlantic beaches are excellent for the practice of this sport, with plenty of waves that gather the specific conditions for a lot of the lovers of this sport. In Martinhal, there's a school of this specialty.

Around 20h30: suggestion for dinner in restaurant, in Sagres. 
This restaurante opened its doors in 1995. Delight yourself with the Thermidor sauce scallops, pork medallions with mango sauce and end it with a cinnamon parfait with stewed apple; all of this accompanied by a good wine! 

Accommodation at hotel of the selected category.


Journey to city of destination.

Monday, 16 December 2013


The University of Coimbra was established in 1290, and is one of the oldest in the world. It has 8 faculties and approximately 20 000 students. On 2013 it was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The University has a teaching hospital, which is known as a center of research with a broad range of clinical services and medical specialties; a huge central library, botanical gardens, stadiums and other sports facilities, an astronomical observatory, a publishing house, a private chapel, a theater, and many support facilities. It also has museums and other cultural organizations. 

The General Library of the University is divided in two buildings: The Joanina Library, which has books before 1800, and the New Building, with more than a million books. The Joanina Library was built in the 18th century in the Baroque style by the Portuguese King João V, and named after him. It is a National Monument and has a priceless historical value, being one of the main tourist attractions among the older monuments belonging to the university.

Joanina Library

The Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra was founded between 1772-1774 and nowadays it has 13 hectares and shelters several species of birds and squirrels. It is considered one of the most beautiful gardens of Europe. 
Botanical Garden
The university's academic traditions and institutions give life to the city. The students are usually lodged at the old "Republics" (student's residences), and celebrate some traditional festivities, such as "Queima das Fitas" (a celebration of the graduation's end, symbolized by the burning of the ribbons with the colors of each of the 8 faculties), the "Festa das Latas" (a homecoming), and they are usually accompanied by the Coimbra's Fado, which was traditionally sung in street serenades. 

Queima das Fitas

Friday, 13 December 2013


"A number of people asked us - Why Portugal? and we said Why not?… it’s a beautiful country, great people, excellent food and the wine…oh the wine is just great! We loved Porto and it was a great thing that the airline planned a strike for the first few days. The changes to our itinerary were just right since we got to see a bit more of this beautiful country. Travel Tailors put together a great itinerary for us and went out of their way to make sure our vacation was perfect. They stayed in contact even when we were in Portugal, from meeting us at the airport and sending us off. Our vacation was effortless and we thank Paula and Travel Tailors for this!!!"

Wednesday, 11 December 2013


The Budda Eden Garden has an area of about 35 hectares, and it was designed and conceived by a famous Portuguese Comendador in response to the destruction of the Giant Bamyan Buddhas, sculpted in the rocks of the valley of Bamyan in central Afghanistan and which had for centuries been a cultural and spiritual reference. This oriental garden was started in 2001 and it is seen as a place of reconciliation. It opens its doors to people of all religion, ethnicity, nationality, sex, age and socio-cultural background, inviting everyone to come together, to communicate and mediate, to rest and rediscover happiness.

Monday, 9 December 2013


Discover the only Portuguese National Park Peneda-Gerês. In this beautiful and remote region, you will follow ancient trails used for centuries by local shepherds. You will visit one of the most typical villages, Pitões de Júnias, where you can find a 12th Century convent. In Fojo do Lobo, be surprised by an ancient wolf hunting technique. Hiking in Gerês is a unique experience!

Hotel Rural Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

Pick-up at Porto's airport and transfer to Mourilhe (Montalegre). Montalegre is one of the most picturesque villages in the "Trás-os-Montes" area, known for its pretty castle and also for its "Night of the Witches".
Lodging: Hotel Rural Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

Cávado River


Today's walk will take us to the Cávado river valley, where we will be surrounded by beautiful oak trees. The Cávado is one the most well preserved rivers in Portugal - in its banks you can find several rare animal species. Our itinerary will takes through ancient trails used by local Shepherds, connecting small villages.
Lodging: Hotel Rural Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

Stª Maria das Júnias Monastery

Pitões de Júnias is a typical village of the Peneda-Gerês Park: lost in the middle of nowhere, hard to reach and known for its tough climate. Here we will visit the 12th century convent, the S. Rosendo church, the communal granite oven and the waterfall. In Pitões you can still see artisans making wool socks and the traditional "croças", waterproof coats made out of leaves from a local plant. We will walk by Pitões stream, through gorgeous oak tree groves, with the ever present massive granite boulders as background.
Lodging: Quinta do Negral

Peneda-Gerês Natural Park

Our walk starts in Portela de Leonte. From here we will climb until we reach the first of many fields where local shepherds take their animals. All around us will be huge granite formations, some of them with very particular shapes. Along the way, we will find several "mariolas", piles of stones used for guiding by the shepherds... and us. Today's hike we will show us the best of Peneda-Gerês Natural Park. After this very special day, you can advantage of the Gerês Spa, treating yourself with a relaxing massage!
Lodging: Quinta do Negral.

Abadia Sanctuary

Today's hike will take us through fields surrounding Santa Isabel do Monte, in Terras de Bouro area. The views of the Gerês valley and the Caniçada dam are magnificent. We will pass by a granite formation called the "castle", a point once used by local people to look out for Spanish invaders. We will also visit the Abadia Sanctuary, the oldest sanctuary in Portugal, built in 1148 to protect the abbeys against the Moorish invasions.
Lodging: Peneda's hotel.


Our hike starts in Senhora da Peneda sanctuary and will connect two villages: Peneda and Branda da Bouça dos Homens. The first part of the hike will take us through a very old trail, where people from both villages used to ride their ox carts. On the way back we will take the pilgrimage path to Senhora da Penedas sanctuary.
Lodging: Hotel da Peneda.


Another day of hiking in the Peneda mountain range in close contact with the shepherd's way of living. We will start walking from the tiny village of Rouças and climb all the way to the village of Branda de Gorbelas. At the top we will find another land once used by shepherds and their animals. Here you can see some interesting small huts that were built to protect shepherds and animals against the cold and the wolves. Our final destination, before walking back down to where we started, is Fojo do Lobo. The "Fojo" is a very interesting construction created by shepherds to hunt wolves. Of course it's no longer in use since wolves are now a protected in Portugal.
Lodging: Hotel da Peneda

Early morning transfer to the airport in Porto.

Friday, 6 December 2013


Câmara de Lobos, Madeira

With this romantic program by TravelTailors you will discover the most romantic and secret places of Portugal, in South and Madeira: hotels, palaces, gardens and beaches. It offers you intimate hotels and fine dining. It suggests other activities ideal for two, like cooking classes, SPA and walks; it´s perfect for an incomparable honeymoon in Portugal!

Castle of São Jorge
Arrival in Lisbon. 
Lisbon is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe! With blue skies almost all year round and a mild winter, Lisbon offers breathtaking panoramas of the city and the river, a picturesque setting where old trams take us from the narrow cobbled streets up to the excellent new hotels in broad boulevards, fabulous shopping opportunities of brand name and a fantastic nightlife. The old blends with the sophistication of the 21st century.
Alfama and the Castle give you a historic Journey to the Arab and medieval times. In the areas of Chiado, Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real, you can find some of the trendiest restaurants and bars in Lisbon. During the day, the streets are filled with animated crowds strolling around the museums, the shops, the art galleries, the cafes or grocery stores that sell gourmet products. From the Baixa to the Marquês de Pombal Square, there are theaters, train stations, esplanades and alleys to take a walk in. In Belém, lies the majestic Jerónimos Monastery, the famous Tower of Belém, the Cultural Centre and the many museums and gardens that surround them. It is imperative to sample the delicious Pastéis de Belém!

Around 8.30 pm: suggestion for dinner in a charming restaurant in Lisbon. 
The TravelTailors´ recommendation occupies a pleasant courtyard and a romantic flowered pateo. It presents a true and authentic cuisine, which seeks to recover the traditional flavors, giving them a creative touch, courtesy of the chef. Intimate atmosphere, impeccable service and a balanced offer of wines.

Lisbon by night : suggestion of esplanade LE CHAT and disco BBC.
Located opposite the National Museum of Ancient Art, LE CHAT is literally a terrace bar facing the Tagus, with fantastic views over the city and river. It had already worked as a terrace, having reopened in this new version, in which the architecture of the space is a glass cube, in October 2010. During the day it serves light meals, and you can have lunch or tea in the beautiful and sunny terrace, which is kept warm in winter and comfortable with heaters and blankets. Also noteworthy is the menu of cocktails , very varied and original.
The Bar Lounge BBC has a refined and relaxed environment, with a privileged view over the River Tagus. The program always has the latest news from the dance floor from Thursday to Saturday. Good music and good atmosphere make the BBC a reference of Lisbon´s night.

Accommodation at the hotel of the selected category.


Pena Palace

Visit to Sintra: Castle, palaces and gardens. 
The beautiful town of Sintra is entirely filled with magic and splendor: a romantic realm where majestic palaces, a fairytale castle, royal mansions and fascinating properties emerge in the midst of hills and lush forests. Characterized by its unique charm and serenity, the village offers an amazing beauty of scenery, with its vast rocky mountains, dense vegetation and pristine beaches. Designated Mountain of the Moon by the Celts and Mons Lunae by the Romans, the mystical mountains of Sintra also cover a vast natural park that stretches to the coast of Cascais. After tasting a sweet travesseiro of Sintra in the emblematic pastry shop Periquita, visit the most romantic monuments of Sintra, like the Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle, the Capuchos´Convent, the Regaleira and the Monserrate Palaces. We suggest you descend these forest surrounded streets in a horse carriage, all the way to the center.

Around 12.30 pm: suggestion of lunch in romantic restaurant, in Sintra. 
Our suggestion goes to one of the oldest restaurants in Sintra, giving you a good meal of regional Portuguese dishes or French flavors, with a quiet and family atmosphere. Correct and friendly service. List of selected wines. 

Journey to Cascais. 
Cascais, traditionally a small fishing port, is today a lively and cosmopolitan city that still retains its aristocratic air. We recommend a walk along its streets that have shops of excellent quality or a moment's rest on the many esplanades that exist here. The beaches continue to be one of the biggest reasons of attraction, and you can choose between those that are in the sheltered bay of the town, or even those a bit further away in the Guincho area (already integrated in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park) that offer excellent conditions for surfing and windsurfing. The Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell), an indentation of the coast surrounded by steep cliffs and caves, remains a natural curiosity that attracts many visitors to see the force of the sea.

Around 8.30 pm: suggestion for dinner in panoramic restaurant, in Cascais. 

TravelTailors suggests a restaurant with a magnificent view, located in Boca do Inferno. It is a gourmetrestaurant of reference, with Portuguese and Mediterranean influenced cuisine. 

Accommodation at the hotel of the selected category.


Temple of Diana
Journey to Évora. 
Évora is one of the most emblematic Portuguese cities. Its beautiful historic center has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Places of unavoidable visit are its imposing Cathedral, built between 1186 and 1204, the notorious Roman Temple (popularly dubbed the Temple of Diana), built between the I and III centuries AD, the Church of São Francisco and its famous Chapel of Bones, the beautiful Lóios Church (15th century), or the Palace of D. Manuel. The nearly 20 churches and monasteries of the city denote their religious and historical significance. A very local and central attraction is the famous Praça do Giraldo, with Arabian-style arches and a fountain dating from 1571, a meeting place for all generations, animation and special performances. Leave the worries of the modern world, and embrace the charm of Évora, Alentejo's most romantic city!

Suggestion: cooking class. 
In one of the finest hotel properties in the city, you can learn to cook the most delicious delicacies. The magic of Alentejo´s cuisine is to create, with simple and traditional products, dishes where the taste and the pleasure of eating is a cultural act.

From 12:30: suggestion for lunch in an Alentejo inspired restaurant, in Évora. 
Embark on a unique culinary journey and taste the traditional flavors of the local cuisine, which blend harmoniously with Mediterranean cuisine. Housed in an old cellar used by the monks, this is a gourmetrestaurant that provides a unique experience in an elegant setting filled with rich cultural heritage. 

Relaxing activity in SPA.
We offer you an experience in what was considered the best SPA in Portugal. It is a perfect retreat with a luxurious atmosphere, in a place where the most modern therapies meet story. From the quality of the treatments, to the wonderful view of the relaxation room and the indoor pool, everything is designed to provide tranquility and rejuvenation of mind, body and soul. This SPA is installed in a luxury hotel, fascinating for its history and its authentic charm, considered national patrimony.
Some proposals:
Body Exfoliation with salts and oils 25min. | Eye-Lift 25min. | Aromatic Back Massage 30min. 

Around 8.30 pm: suggestion for dinner in a traditional restaurant, in Évora. 
This is admittedly one of the great "temples" of Portuguese cuisine. As a spreader of Alentejo´s cuisine, it has been deeply engaged in the task, collecting recipes from the region, some of which have almost disappeared, and resurfaced here accompanied by an excellent list of Alentejo´s wine. 

Accommodation at the hotel of the selected category.


Castelo de Vide
Journey to Castelo de Vide. 
Castelo de Vide is a beautiful village in Alentejo, on a hill in Serra de São Mamede, a place graced by beauty. The flowered white houses of the village that goes up and down the hill, crowned by the castle, traverses itself with years of history and a quite ancient occupation, since in the area there are several megalithic legacies such as the Menhir of Meada. There are several monuments and places of interest in the village, especially the top of the Castle and the beautiful scenery, but also the Jewry , one of the most important and well preserved examples of the Jewish presence in Portugal dating from the 13th century. It is also preserved here one of the largest estates of civil architecture from the Gothic period. In the majestic Square D. Pedro V, you can find the Church of São João Baptista, the Hospital, the Main Church, the Town Hall and several stately and emblazoned mansions that breathe history.

Journey to Marvão. 
Very near to the Spanish border, at the highest point of the beautiful Serra de São Mamede, lies the charming village of Marvão in an environment of peace of mind and tranquility, surrounded by walls of the 13th and the 17th century.

From 12:30: suggestion for lunch in a traditional Alentejo food restaurant, in Marvão. 
With the Alentejo region being renowned for the richness and variety of its excellent cuisine, we propose you to savor a delicious menu with flavors faithful to bread and olive oil, aromatic herbs, and to the taste of coriander and pennyroyal, in Dogfish´s Alhada and Alentejo´s Pork: varied tastes that should be well accompanied with good, traditional Alentejo wines, as well as the flavor of regional sausages and cheeses. And if your appetite persists, be sure to taste the conventual desserts, like the Toucinho do Céu or Sericaia with Elvas´ Plums. 

Visit to Marvão. 
By visiting Marvão, one has to make sure to visit history itself, that runs through these narrow streets of Alentejo architecture, Gothic and Manueline heritage, as well as medieval testimonies of other times, marked in the typical local granite. The Castle and the imposing walls of the 13th century are unforgettable monuments of the village, but Marvão has more to offer, like the 15th century Parish Church, the ancient Church of Santa Maria, now an interesting municipal museum, housing archaeological and ethnological collections from the region. From the top of Marvão one has breathtaking views across the surrounding area, highlighting points such as the Watchtowew or the Pousada de Santa Maria.

Journey to Portalegre. 
Located in the Serra de São Mamede, near the border with Spain, Portalegre had a strategic position in the defense of the territory during the Middle Ages. The 17th and 18th centuries have left a strong baroque character in the city that still remains in some monuments, like the Church of São Lourenço, and the stately homes with examples such as the Yellow Palace, the Palace of the Falcons or the Achioli Palace, that still keep the crests of the families that lived there. Other attractions are the Convent of Santo Agostinho, Convent of São Bernardo, the jesuit Convent of São Sebastião, occupied by the Portalegre´s Manufacture of Tapestries or the Palace Castel-Branco, that recalls the contribution of the textile industry towards the development of the city.

Around 8.30 pm: suggestion for dinner in a signature cuisine restaurant, in Portalegre. 
Three miles from Portalegre, the restaurant that we suggest is a temple of Alentejo cuisine with a hint of innovation, with a creative chefin charge. Small space, warm and very correct, with a terrace for warm days [/ i].

Overnight at the hotel of the selected category.

Journey to Vila Viçosa. 

Ducal Palace

Suggestion: visit to the Ducal Palace. 
The Ducal Palace is isolated and emphasized on the so-called Terreiro do Paço, at the foot of the Castle´s hill. Opposite of it is the Church of Agostinhos, and near you can find the Bishop's Palace and the Convent of Chagas. Built in the 16th century, this palace was largely benefited during the 17th century and served as a royal residence.

From 12:30: suggestion for lunch in traditional Alentejo food restaurant, in Alandroal. 
This is a restaurant created with originality. It seeks to recreate a courtyard, according to the architecture of the rural hills of Alentejo, within all the rural environment. In addition to the specialties, be sure to try the typical regional desserts. 

Journey to Monsaraz. 
Monsaraz is a medieval town, the oldest in the municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz and it has evidence of settlements since prehistoric times. In 1157 it was conquered from the Moors by Geraldo Geraldes The Fearless, in 1167 donated to the Templars and in 1319 to the Order of Christ. For centuries, the Castle of Monsaraz played an important role as a sentinel of the Guadiana River, watching the border with Spain. Besides all the historical, architectural and social patrimony, Monsaraz is surrounded by a wonderful landscape, and from the top of its castle, you can see it in all its splendor.

Suggestion: boat ride on the Alqueva. 
Enjoy a boat ride on the great lake of Alqueva, from the Monsaraz harbor, allowing to overlook the riverside villages, castles and all that the nature of Alentejo has to offer.

Around 8.30 pm: suggestion for dinner in panoramic restaurant, in Portel. 
This panoramic restaurant is located on the waters of the Great Lake, the Alqueva Dam. A quiet place, of serene waters and green hills dotted with white houses. The restaurant integrates itself within the landscape, featuring a modern line and a sensational terrace. The kitchen is typical of Alentejo, but with a touch of sophistication. 

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Alcácer do Sal

Journey to Alcácer do Sal 
Located south of the district of Setúbal, the municipality of Alcácer do Sal rises over the tranquil River Sado, which mirrors the white of the houses that line the entire marginal. It is from the river that many families take their livelihood from, along with agriculture. The serene surrounding landscape rewards us with its marshlands, its plains, but especially with the unique riches of the Sado Estuary and all of its fauna and flora. It is impossible to miss the food, rich in river fish dishes, Alentejo flavors and pinenut candy, one of the essential ingredients by these margins.

Journey to Comporta. 
We leave back the mountains, pine forests and undulating carpet of rice fields of the Natural Reserve of the Sado Estuary - a winter resort for the families of birds that come here to make their nests. The beaches here are beautiful, stretching for miles of white sand washed by calm waters, where you can´t help feel like resting.

From 12:30: suggestion for lunch in traditional Portuguese restaurant, in Comporta. 
Halfway through Comporta and Carvalhal, on the road connecting the two towns and their beaches, the restaurant proposed by TravelTailors makes its bet on traditional cuisine. Specializing in charcoal-grilled fish, this house offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. 

Suggestion: horseback riding on the beach of Comporta. 
An invigorating horseback ride on the beach of Comporta, natural reserve of the Sado Estuary with the Atlantic Ocean always present, for one hour, will certainly be nice!

Journey to Portinho Arrábida, through ferry from Setúbal. 
The lush Natural Park offers a continuum of unforgettable images and is the ideal setting for a walk for two. This coastline provides you with white sandy beaches lined with dunes and cliffs for miles. Revel in the grandeur of the Serra da Arrábida, its beaches and its natural park.

Suggestion: beach at Portinho da Arrábida. 
Enjoy the exceptional beauty of the scenery and turquoise water (but be careful! cold) of Portinho da Arrábida.

Journey to Lisbon. 
Crossing the April 25th Bridge, you will have one of the most spectacular panoramas of Lisbon.

Around 8.30 pm: suggestion for dinner in an author´s cuisine restaurant, in Bairro Alto.
This chefis one of the most talented of today and is now investing in Lisbon. The restaurant, painted white, is well lit. Everyday there is a new menu, that the chefbuilds as he wanders the aisles of the old Mercado da Ribeira, seeing what's on the stalls of vegetables, seafood and fish, meats and fruits. A major concern is to create new tasting menus, with seven / eight different proposals. 

Suggested night out: Foxtrot. 
Foxtrot is one of the oldest bars in Lisbon, full of rooms and small nooks, in a recreation of the ambience of the bars from the end of the century, within the concept of an English pub. It is visited by politicians of São Bento and also young people, being an option for a drink after work. After a refurbishment, it kept the same Art Deco style but won an outdoor garden, to allow for better enjoyment of summer nights.

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Journey to the city of destination or extension to Funchal.

Funchal, Madeira
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira Island rises dramatically from the sea, with its rocky cliffs and mountains intersected by deep valleys. The fertile volcanic soil and mild climate bring an abundance of paradise, giving Madeira the nickname Island of Flowers. In the 19th century, the rich and famous spent the winter here. Today, a new generation turns to Madeira for brisk walks in rugged mountainous terrain, its virgin forests and unspoiled nature as well as adventures like deep-sea fishing, diving and paragliding. The city of Funchal is set in a magnificent natural amphitheater facing the Atlantic, contrasting with the towering mountains. Situated in the south of the island of Madeira, off the sunniest coast implanted in the middle of banana plantations and beautiful gardens, Funchal is a fresh and relaxed city during the day and vibrant and eclectic at night, offering multiple leisure activities. You can visit the magnificent gardens, shop, wander through its picturesque streets and squares with Portuguese cobblestone pavements or simply enjoy the pleasant moments of rest in one of the esplanades of the central cafes. It pays to know the various museums and city monuments.

Around 12.30 pm: lunch at the suggestion of fusion cuisine restaurant in Funchal. 

This restaurant belongs to one of the best hotels in Madeira but it�s by intrinsic quality and appropriate right that it´s worth one, or more, visits. The large and broad windows let you enjoy a magnificent view of the outside. The menu appeals to a fusion cuisine, not forgetting the local specialties that are sure to make your mouth water. 

Visit to the Botanical and Monte Palace gardens.

The Botanical Garden is one of the most famous in Madeira and is located on the Bom Sucesso Estate, with wonderful views over the city of Funchal. This estate was built in 1881 by the Reid family, who created the garden as their private park. Today the property belongs to the Regional Government and is open to the public. The garden covers an area of 80,000 m2 and houses a fascinating collection of species of plants, flowers and exotic birds as well as an area of research and conservation. Besides all these attractive features, the Botanical Garden also has a Museum of Natural History and a cable car that connects it to the Monte, which is another noteworthy attraction.

The Monte Palace Tropical Garden is located atop a beautiful hill with breathtaking views over the bay of Funchal. The Monte Palace was once a place of historical importance, since it was an 18th century upscale hotel that hosted many important guests. The Berardo Foundation turned this property into a beautiful museum and garden. Here you will find exotic plants and flowers of many continents and also animals such as ducks, white and black swans, peacocks, chickens and Koi carps. It is an unforgettable experience to take a walk in this beautiful garden. 

Suggestion: Levada do Caldeirão Verde, pedestrian walk. 
levada is a path next to a water channel and is typically Madeiran. Madeira has dozens of flows in the heart of its laurel forest. This route, which starts at Forest Park of Queimadas (Santana) and ends in Caldeirão Verde, has a length of 6 km and an altitude of 990 meters. The Shelter House of Queimadas is honored in keeping the original characteristics of the typical houses of Santana and, from here, if you don�t stop to admire the stupendous views over Santana and São Jorge, you will take about an hour and a half to complete the route. This trail is extremely rich in its landscape adorned by waterfalls, flora and fauna.

Suggestion: relaxation activity in a SPA, in Funchal. 
Try a dip in a 360º panoramic pool or have a vino therapy session. This spa offers varied programs of relaxation and beauty. Some proposals:

Exfoliation with grape seeds: 30ms. | Wine bath: 30ms. | Anti-stress Massage: 60ms.

Around 8.30 pm: suggestion for dinner in a signature cuisine restaurant, in Funchal. 
A known chef, with extensive knowledge of international cuisines, composed this project where an opportunity for locals and visitors to travel through this fascinating world is provided. This is a restaurant based on naturally rice rich recipes from around the world, that will be a requirement for the preparation of the dishes. The sea view is simply splendid.

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Journey to the city of destination.