Four Glamorous Escapes for this Winter in Portugal
The cold weather has finally arrived and with a new season and a new year comes also the time of preparation for a luxurious escape. It may come as a surprise to some that even Portugal feels the cold in winter, but it doesn't fall back from the other seasons in terms of beauty, since it is also full of surprises, with plenty of beautiful Portuguese winter sights to see, and in some regions, you might even be able to see snow in Portugal.
So, start planning your glamorous trip to see the glorious winter sights that Portugal has to offer and discover these four winter amazing destinations in Portugal.
Douro Valley - Peso da Régua
The lovely city of Peso da Régua, better known as Régua, is situated in the heart of the Alto Douro and is the epicenter of Port wine production, a must stop for the demanding wine lover and for the food lovers that search for authenticity in each dish. The landscape of the Douro region is world-famous and the hills covered with vineyards contrasted by the bluish Douro River takes on a whole new level of charm in the winter months and is a great destination for a winter holiday in Portugal. While visiting this region, explore all the villages in the region and enjoy the landscapes that the winding roads have to offer. And don't worry about the cold, since the region is filled with fantastic wine estates like the Quinta do Vallado for a private visit and tasting, Quinta Nova for exclusivity, Quinta de La Rosa for a premium experience, Quinta das Carvalhas for a vintage experience, Quinta do Bonfim for a premium vintage or Tawnie, among others (in which you can request to us), each experience and each glass of port will soon warm you up.
Porto - Penafiel
This beautiful yet small city in the district of Porto is famous for its prehistoric sites, such as the Polmen da Portela or the Menir de Luzim, but Penafiel is so much more than that and a special destination during the winter months. It is also a place where you can space during the winter and get warm by tasting the premium and very renowned wines of Quinta da Aveleda. The Quinta da Aveleda is one of the great attractions of the beautiful city, there you will find stunning and at the same time breathtaking parks and gardens that will certainly delight you and of course a worth visit for the wine lovers that must make sure to taste some of the local wines on offer. A little tip the red wine is the star of the show and is best enjoyed with traditional roasted chestnuts which are often sold on the street in the winter months.
For some reason, most visitors will say that only the North is where you will find the perfect winter temperatures, but Lisbon has also its cold days in which they are glorious since you can do epic and authentic activities and get some taste of the Lisbon lifestyle. In a way to savor a little of the Lisbon lifestyle, you will look for comfortable places, warm drinks, delicious wines, and "all that fado". The offer is endless: restaurants, hotels, spas, museums, and everything required to assure that if you come in from the cold and in order to make you happy. For the restaurants, for example, we suggest the following awarded Michelin stars restaurants like Alma, Belcanto, 100 Maneiras, just to name a few. There you will get warm enjoying the innovative dishes that are overflowed with traditional Portuguese cuisine and contemporary technics all paired with the most exquisite wines that this marvelous country has to offer. Besides this, we also suggest for you to get warm in the wineries that are near the city like the Adega dos Colares if you are looking for a more traditional tasting, Quinta da Chocapalha for a private and guided visit with tasting and lunch, Quinta do Gradil with regional tasting and a menu that includes five different tastings and Quinta do Sanguinhal for a private tour also. As you see, the city is filled with incredible experiences that will keep you warm plus stunning views that have a different allure during wintertime.
Elegant and luxurious, Alentejo is an ideal destination for the winter, after all, it has an amazing culture, delicious wine, fine food, hotels where you can enjoy the landscape, while tasting a delicious red with a fireplace, well, it is a region full of possibilities. While there taste the region's best wines, as well the regional delicacies like olive oil paired with ingredients such as the traditional bread, olive oil, black pork, lamb, and egg-yolk based desserts, as well, enjoying the calm of the countryside. Furthermore, you can indulge in relaxing spa experiences, amazing wine, and food experiences, outdoor activities, and splendid accommodations. Some of the unique, private, and authentic experiences that you can indulge while in Alentejo is a private taste in L'and Vineyards, Quinta do Carmo in which you will also have a private visit and wine tasting and you can have a dinner or lunch with the owner, having the chance to ask all your questions and know more curiosities about the wine and the estate, among others.
As you can see the possibilities through the regions of Portugal are endless, in which is possible to understand that Portugal is a must-visit country in any season of the year, since you have all that you can possibly imagine for your exquisite tastes. So, what are you waiting for? Come and unveil all the luxurious and hidden gems of this awarded destination with us.
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