Rest, Relaxation, and Luxury
Dive into some of the world’s most coveted waters on this 9-day holiday to the best beaches of Portugal. Ker & Downey has designed this journey to inspire even the most discerning beach lovers as they look for a bit of rest, relaxation, and luxury in Southern Europe.
No journey to Portugal is complete without a visit to Lisbon. The coastal city’s yellow trams, pastel facades, and Azulejo-tiled homes stretch up high to the walls of Castelo de Sao Jorge. The deep blue of the Tagus River winding down to the Atlantic Ocean adds another layer to this riot of color.
After you set your eyes on Lisbon’s skyline, set out on your private sailboat to explore the Lisbon Coast with your experienced skipper. Enjoy the best the sea has to offer as you sail toward Cascais. Walk through the Cascais city center, taste the region’s “fish on salt”, and indulge in some sunbathing and windsurfing at Guincho Beach.
For sand dunes and sea breezes worthy of any Portugal postcard, head south to Comporta. Stop along the way to enjoy the crystal-clear waters and lavish green landscapes of Arrábida, as well as the catch of the day in Setúbal. The region’s sleepy villages house fisherman living a simple life where siestas are still relished.
Comporta’s laid back vibe and Atlantic surf is just the place to detach from stress. We suggest the Sublime Comporta, an authentic country house retreat rich in cultural heritage and great food and wine. While here, take time to enjoy Comporta’s many hidden beaches, whether it be with a refreshing swim or invigorating horseback ride along the shoreline.
It’s pretty easy to get around in Portugal, and for that reason we have included the not-to-be-missed Algarve. Basking in a warm, sun-soaked glow, Algarve’s coast is diverse with jagged cliffs, shimmering lagoons, and utopian sands. You will have the opportunity to try some of the most famous wines of Alentejo at Malhadinha Nova before arriving at your cliff-side dwelling at Vila Joya.
During your three days here, seize the opportunity to go to one of Algarve’s numerous beaches or just enjoy the picturesque seaside towns, where Mediterranean culture and gastronomy await. Reservations at Michelin-starred restaurants, tee time at world-renowned golf courses, private yacht excursions to hidden coves and beaches, and a visit to the protected shores of Costa Vicentina round out your time in Algarve and ensure your memories of the beaches of Portugal stay with you forever.
Return to Lisbon via the Vicentina Coast. This area of the Portuguese coast is remarkable by its beauty and also because it is a protected area. For this reason, the area is not touristy and you can find a real sense of quiet to enjoy excellent meals made with fresh seafood.