PORTUGAL FROM END TO END
Portugal is a destination with many possibilities: beaches, breathtaking scenery, nature walks, water sports, vineyards and much more. It's also our inspiration for the VOYAGE 2018 collection! Driving from the North to the South can be done in less than 8 hours. Our Production and Sourcing Coordinator, Marie-Christine, did just that last September. Her top 5, below.
This historic city is known for its orange-coloured roofs and, of course, for its port. After a stroll in the old district of Ribeira, cross the bridge and head to the wine cellars of Porto. You can visit many world-renowned cellars, including CALEM and FERREIRA.
The largest city in Portugal, Lisbon, has many different and attractive neighbourhoods to discover, the most popular ones being Alfama and Bairro Alto. From here you can take the train to visit castles and monuments like Sintra, Evora and Belém. I also recommend Tram 28 to see the main attractions of Lisbon.
3. DOURO VALLEY
The majestic Douro Valley is a two-hour drive from the city of Porto. It is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world! There are plenty of vineyards to visit, but my personal favourite was without a doubt Quinta do Popa.
4. THE ALGARVE
It is in this region that you can admire the infamous cliffs of the Algarve and relax on stunning beaches. In Lagos, exploring Ponta da Piedade is a must!
You must absolutely visit the Peneda Gerês National Park, in Northern Portugal. Make sure to reach the top for a splendid view! You can browse this park by car (1 day) or plan a hike.
" Portugal: our inspiration for the Voyage 2018 collection! "
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Portuguese. English and French are spoken in more touristy places.
- Best time to go: From June to the end of September. To make the most of the beaches, go before September 1st.
- Suggested accommodation: Excellent value at the BO - Almada 346 in Porto.
- Restaurant suggestion: You must absolutely taste the natas from Pastéis de Belem, a typical portuguese pastry.
- In my suitcase: BEL skirt