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Green Holidays in Portugal

The westernmost country of Europe is famed as a land of crashing breakers and golden sandy beaches, and whilst this clichéd image is true, particularly on the beautiful Algarve in the south, there is far more to Portugal than just sun, sea, sand and watersports.

Beautiful Lisbon is a vibrant 21st century capital with old-world romantic charm seeping from its crumbling buildings and cobbled streets, and wine-centre Porto is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Inland the country offers dramatic, forested mountains, sunbaked plains, white washed villages, diverse wildlife, and much more.

Lovely cottages, Bohemian farmhouses and romantic Mongolian-style yurts are just some of the terrific accommodation choices you have in Portugal. 

Below we list some of the best holidays and places to stay in this wonderful country, all of which you can reach by train or ferry.

Rail Journey through Portugal - On the Waterfront

Rail Journey in Portugal - On the Waterfront

Portugal’s three greatest cities are very distinctive in character, making our self-guided walking tours through the ancient streets all the more fascinating as you travel by train between three 4-star hotels.
From £680pp based on 2 people sharing

Featured places to stay in Portugal

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Featured Holidays in Portugal

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How to travel by train to Portugal

For detailed information on how to travel from London to Portugal via Paris and Madrid see our detailed journey planner, which shows where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets:

Train from London to Lisbon

High speed train travel to Portugal.High speed train travel to Portugal.

More places to stay in Portugal

The Yoga Shala floating above the kitchen gardens with views along the valley

Yoga at Moses, Oleiros, Portugal

Spend a week in this stunning valley farm nestled in the foothills of the Serra de Estrela mountain range of Central Portugal. Practice yoga daily, walk in forests, swim in rivers, breath mountain air, eat deliciously and sleep deeply. Open to all.
18: 2 double rooms, 7 singles in 2 cottages, 4 Soulpads

From 800€ per week including 3 vegetarian meals a day, morning and afternoon yoga classes, and a massage or acupuncture treatment.

Natural swimming pool to complement a green holiday in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Quinta do Bom Despacho, Azores, Portugal

Stay in one of ten double rooms in a historic manor house updated with all modern comforts. Swim in the natural pool in the organic garden which provides fruit and vegetables for all the self-catering guests.
2 suites, 5 doubles, 3 twins

From €24

River Lodge.

Moinho do Pego Ferreiro, Marvao, Portugal

An organic, off-grid smallholding on the Rio Sever in the Parque Natural de Serra de Sao Mamede providing accommodation and some meals in the Goat House, River Lodge and Boar Hide. Offering privacy, peace and pigs.
2 venues, 1x1 double. 1x1 double and 2 singles.

River Lodge €370/week. Boar Hide €340/week.

colina flora eco guesthouse

Colina Flora, Colares, Sintra, Portugal

Delightful country house with ocean views, in the beautiful and quiet Sintra Natural Park. Only 5 minutes to wonderful beaches, 35 min to Lisbon and 15 minutes to Sintra, Cascais and Estori. Brilliant for hiking, surfing and cycling.
4 doubles, 1 single

€55 to €89 per night high season singles, cozy double, large double with veranda. A summer kitchen for all guests wanting to self-cater

Common Areas

Zmar Eco Experience, Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal

Indulge in the Zmar experience: choose between comfortable wooden bungalows or cosy mobile homes overlooking the endless landscape of the Alentejo, and near the ocean. Relish the sense of freedom and total relaxation at Zmar, a truly unique Resort
200 accommodations, with capacity from 2 to 8 people

Prices from 123€

More holidays in Portugal

Spectacular floral mountain views on Sherpa Expeditions walking holidays

Madeira Island Walking | 8 Days

Come and enjoy Madeira year round and have a self guided trek through the dramatic mountains, deep valleys and rugged coastlines at your own speed plus so much more!

From £700pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
daily throughout the year
Algarve's Coast

Walk the Algarve's Wild West, Portugal

This 6 night holiday on the crashing Atlantic coast has excellent bird spotting opportunities with over 190 local species. Follow in the footsteps of great adventurers to look out from Cabo São Vicente lighthouse, Europe’s most south-westerly point.

From £797 

7 Days
Every 2 days from February to May
Walking in Portugal along the Costa Vicentina

Walking in Portugal - Along the Costa Vicentina

To explore a truly wild coastline, choose this gentle yet dramatic self-guided hotel-to-hotel walk through Costa Vicentina Natural Park which reveals the haunting beauty of Portugal’s south-west coast. Your luggage is transported for you.

From £798pp based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from September-April
Donkey love

Donkey Trekking Coffee Smuggler's trail Spain

Follow the Smuggler's routes, criss crossing the border between the Spanish Extremadura and the Portuguese Alto Alentejo, used for centuries, rediscovered, explore the "Wild West" of the Extremadura accompanied by our donkeys and a tour guide.

from £650

7 Days
Dates are flexible, start any day between March and October
Posing on a bench

Yoga & Wellness Retreat, Portugal

Enjoy daily ashtanga yoga, meditative nature walks, delicious local food and medical herb workshops at this rural retreat in Portugal's Aire Mountains, a landscape of wild orchids, magical castles, beaches, natural river pools and buzzing markets

£470 per person

25 April – 1 May 2017
Approaching the spectacular Pena Palace

Walking in Portugal - Palaces & Pathways of Sintra

Discover the remarkable palaces, castles and architectural treasures of Sintra, the luxuriant 'garden of Lisbon', as you take this self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking tour, with your luggage transported, between some exceptional hotels.

From £765 per person based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from March - June & September-October
Algarve’s Coast & Hills

Walking in Portugal - Algarve’s Coast & Hills

Algarve holds a few surprises in store for those prepared to get off the beaten track and explore - great walking through beautiful landscapes. Stay in a beautiful quinta with pool and gardens close to walking routes to explore local fishing villages

From £635 per person based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from September to May
Schist Villages

Walk Schist Villages with Go Barefoot Travel

Walk the stone trails amongst Portugal's traditional Schist villages, discovering traditional crafts, food, wildlife, a region untouched by time and wonderful hospitality. This is one of rural Portugal’s best-kept secrets.


Various departures all year around
Easy flat cycling, Portugal

Porto to Coimbra cycling, Portugal

With 4* hotels along the way on your self guided cycling trip, hotel to hotel through Portugal, you visit the famous wine cellars of Porto, Venetian canals in Aveiro and the historic UNESCO site of Coimbra at your own pace.

From £1047 

8 days
Sundays from September to October
Scenic town on the Douro with Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holidays

Portugal Douro self guided Rambler | 7 Days

The gorgeous Portuguese Douro Valley and its Pinhão tributary awaits on Sherpa's 7 Day self-guided walking holiday. If you travel in the autumn you can be part of the annual grape harvesting activities.

From £750pp based on twin sharing

7 Days
Various departures from March to June and September to October
Rail Journey through Portugal - On the Waterfront

Rail Journey in Portugal - On the Waterfront

Portugal’s three greatest cities are very distinctive in character, making our self-guided walking tours through the ancient streets all the more fascinating as you travel by train between three 4-star hotels.

From £680pp based on 2 people sharing

5 days, 6 nights
Various departures from January-October
Coastal coves

Madrid to Marrakech

Travel from Madrid to Marrakech via idyllic Algarve beaches, experiencing the artistic and cultural delights of Spain, the rich history and food of Portugal and the magical markets and coastal retreats of Morocco as you experience Europe and Africa.

From £1665 (maximum group size 12)

15 days
Various Saturday departures from March until November
Beach front cycling in 'The Real Algarve', Portugal

Cycling in 'The Real Algarve', Portugal

Experience 'The Real Algarve' on this 6 night hotel to hotel self guided cycling holiday in Portugal, away from the main tourist areas. The peaceful cycle routes take in the quiet roads and cycle tracks in the Western Algarve to Cabo Sao Vicente.

From £919 

7 Days
Every 2 days from October to December
Delicious custard tarts in Portugal

Real Food Adventure - Galicia & Portugal

Taste tapas in Santiago de Compostela, discover the proud fish-mongering heritage of the port city of Vigo. Travel on to Portugal, sip your way around the Douro Valley, enjoy a home cooked dinner & farm stay in Alentejo and finish your tour in Lisbon

from £1555

8 days
Thursday departures from May to October
Boats in harbour at Aveiro

Aveiro – Lagoons & the ‘Silver Coast’, Portugal

Explore the charming region of Aveiro in northern Portugal, with it's proud maritime heritage, and a landscape – characterised by salt flats, shallow lagoons, lakes and traffic-free cycleways – that is a joy to discover on two wheels.

From £770pp based on 2 people sharing

5 days, 6 nights
14 April-31 July & 1 September - 31 October. Any day start.
Coastal walk in the Azores

Azores Adventure with Go Barefoot Travel

A super adventure for families and friends travelling across the isolated, green Atlantic islands of the Azores archipelago, visit the Pico Island vineyard, hike along mountain paths, abathe in a thermal natural pool and go whale and dolphin watching


Various departures year round