Portugal

Bespoke holidays & honeymoons, boutique hotels & pousadas, adventure & natural history small group tours to Portugal, Madeira and The Azores. 

Traditional villages, historic sites, bustling cities and natural wonders, Portugal is often overlooked as a holiday destination in favour of neighbouring Spain.  But look again! There are Bohemian cafes with great nightlife, vibrant cities with broad plazas and trams rattling through the streets, medieval quarters and fabulous food.  Explore ancient vineyards, sample the produce and enjoy the picturesque mountain villages on offer here.

We can source self guided walking holidays for you, self drive gastronomic holidays or find hidden gems of farmhouses, pousadas and country cottages for you to escape from the world to!  If you are looking for a villa holiday for a group of family or friends, we have access to a wide range of locations and styles.

At any time of the year Portugal offers a fabulous relaxing and cultural destination.  In the winter months head to the cities and the southern sunny regions of Algarve and Alentejo whilst Madiera enjoys mild winters of around 16-20C.  We love to promote the more historic & character hotels, small guesthouses and off the beaten track ‘hidden gems’.

The capital, Lisbon, has hidden churches and peaceful taverns with a maze of alleyways and stairs to wander around for days!  The national park of Peneda-Geres has old stone villages and 170,000 acres of dramatic mountain scenery for the outdoor enthusiast. Along the southern coastline, there are windswept cliffs and dune covered beaches plus of course plenty of golf courses in The Algarve. Natural history sounds you in Portugal from the undeveloped Atlantic coastline to relaxed countryside views filled with spring flowers and the mountains of the border region. Walking, mountain biking and kayaking are available across the mainland.

Enjoy the culture of Portugal – traditional festivals take place all over Portugal with dancing, drinking and feasting – in June there is the Festival of St Antony in Lisbon and the traditional Fado music can be heard in bars and clubs across the cities. Try staying in the characterful Pousadas, converted farmhouses, castles and monasteries in beautiful parts of Portugal.

City breaks are popular to Portugal with Lisbon and Porto being within 2.5 hrs flying time from the UK.  Food and drink holidays abound here!  The coastline, countryside and mountains of Portugal have regional influences on the cuisine of Portugal and we can craft your own gastronomic break to suit your requirements.  Wine (and of course port!), sherry, black pork, local cheeses and plenty of seafood await your tastebuds in Portugal!

Madeira, sometimes known as the ‘Garden Island’ sits off shore in the Atlantic, but is part of Portugal. It is a perfect all year round holiday destination with mild winters and plenty of sunshine.  Thick forests, waterfalls, horse riding, walking and natural history tours are popular here. For botanists, Madeira is a paradise islands with flowers and trees flourishing everywhere. The capital, Funchal, has colourful daily fruit and fish markets and attractive architecture surrounds the narrow, cobbled old town.  Taste Madeira wine and explore the many craft centres, making traditional goods such as jewellery, leather and linen. Madeira has become something of a sporting centre offering canyoning, surfing, hiking and whale and dolphin watching.

The Azores is another Portuguese collection of islands, further out into the Atlantic and a fabulous destination for whale watching and diving. There are nine major and eight smaller islands, lying 1500km from Lisbon. The islands of volcanic origin are actually the tips of some of the highest mountains on the planet, were they to be measured from their base at the foot of the deep ocean!!

 

From the beginning the professionalism and communication from Travel With Jules was brilliant and I couldn't have asked for more. I really believe I'll never go through another travel agent again. It was the most amazing holiday, seeing magnificent animals, I had a tear when I saw the blue whale! You arranged an amazing trip, thank you so much.
Sarah Bradshaw – Azores Whale Watching (May 2017)
May 16, 2017

Thank you again for another wonderful holiday! Everything was very well organised and we cannot fault the attention to detail from the time we were greeted at Heathrow until our return. The Experts and Azorean Guides were excellent as was the accommodation and food on the ship. We visited all 9 islands which is rare as often the weather prevents one visiting Corvo due to bad weather and need to land using 10 person Zodiacs. We saw 7 whales and 3 species of dolphins!
Martin & Pauline – Azores (April 2017)
April 26, 2017

Excellent correspondence & local knowledge prior to travel was very useful, Julie and her team were excellent throughout the booking process and whilst we were away. We loved the villa, the scale of how large the villa was didn't come across on the website pages so to see it in front of us was breathtaking! Thank you for a lovely holiday x
Portugal Villa- Holland & Hines family (July 2016)
August 17, 2016

Thank you for booking our holiday to Portugal for us, we have a lovely time. The hotel (Pousada Convento de Tavira) was fabulous, the room was spacious and the staff lovely, polite and helpful.
Peter & Julia Jarratt – Portugal (Oct 2015)
October 13, 2015

We have been using Travel With Jules for a while now for all our holidays, both as a family unit and as a couple and feel that they now know our preferences and have not failed to please so far -with superb hotels booked in Italy and St Lucia!
Julia & Peter Cole – Portugal (May 2015)
July 10, 2015

I know you said our 'limo' booked was just a local reference to a luxury car but when we were met on arrival it WAS a stretch limo!!
Lloyd Family – Tenerife (April 2015)
April 23, 2015

Just got back from Spain / Portugal and wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for booking our summer holiday – everything worked brilliantly. The Old Mill was incredible – I have no idea how you found it. The whole family loved it, and the owners were amazing. Do you fancy arranging […]
Waine family – Andalusia, Spain (August 2014)
August 18, 2014

One of the things I have come to love about you, Jules, is that you listen and take on board what makes me tick, and then tailor the holiday to fit me, not just try to convince me to fit a holiday in a brochure!
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