Portugal & Madeira

Portugal & Madeira

Portugal offers a jaw-dropping coastline, delicious food and a lively culture


A country of sandy beaches, medieval castles, cobblestone villages and captivating cities, Portugal is the perfect choice for those with a real wanderlust.

Azure holidays take you to 5 star hotels in Portugal situated on the Algarve coast, which is ideal for all travellers. Whether you’re going with your partner, alone or with your family,  you can enjoy indulgent spas, sea views and excellent cuisine.

Portugal highlights

The Algarve is famous for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, lush bays and sandy islands, as well as its picturesque fishing villages and harbours. During the day, you can spend time relaxing on the sun-drenched sands or swimming, sailing and snorkelling in the ocean. This region in mainland Portugal is also renowned for its variety of high-end golf resorts, which attract players from around the world.

Nature-lovers can head to the Parque da Ria Formosa, which stretches for 60 kilometres along the coast from Faro to Cacela Velha. Here, you can explore the marshes, salt pans, creeks and dune hills. The park is also a great place for bird watching. For some retail therapy in the Algarve, visit bustling towns such as Portimao and Lagos, where you’ll find an array of stylish shops and boutiques. Other attractions across the region include the rugged cliffs of Cape St Vincent, the undulating Monchique Mountains and the historic town of Silves.

The Algarve is known for its mouth-watering cuisine. Feast on everything from simple dishes of grilled sardines finished with lemon juice and olive oil to flame cooked meats and flavour-packed sun-ripened vegetables.

Other areas of mainland Portugal that are a hit with discerning holidaymakers include the Douro Valley with its terraced vineyards and Sintra with its verdant hills and distinctive architecture. You might also want to add the country’s capital Lisbon to your travel wish list. Characterised by its pretty cobbled alleyways and punctuated with ancient ruins, this postcard-perfect city is rich in culture and history. Offering the perfect mix of the old and the new, it makes for a vibrant, action-packed holiday destination.  

Madeira consists of four islands and is an autonomous region of Portugal known for its warm weather and wine. One of Europe’s most beautiful travel destinations, the volcanic main island offers beaches, rugged cliffs, mountains and picturesque botanical gardens where vividly coloured flowers bloom. With Azure holidays, your base for exploring this stunning island will be a lavish 5 star Madeiran hotel.

Agriculture is important to the island economy, and there are many terraced areas cultivating trees, fruit and vegetables. In local restaurants, you’ll be served delicious dishes made with these locally sourced ingredients.

Madeira also hosts regular carnivals and music festivals throughout the year, as well as many weekly street markets selling fruit, vegetables and local crafts. There are a number of museums too, where you can learn more about the culture and history of the island.

Food and drink

Whether you’re eating at your luxury hotel or in an authentic local restaurant in Portugal or Madeira, try popular dishes such as cataplana (seafood stew) or smoked meats. For a light bite, freshly baked bread with olives and Portuguese cheese always goes down a treat. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t miss the chance to tuck into the famous Pastel de nata (custard tart).

A proud wine-making country, Portugal is also the home of port and produces many varieties, including white port, which is seldom seen outside of Portugal.

A first-class holiday

To sample all this and more, book one of our luxury hotels in Portugal for first-class food and service in beautiful surroundings. At Azure, we’re committed to making sure you have the best holiday possible and we always endeavour to exceed your expectations. Our friendly and professional team of advisors are on hand to help you create the perfect itinerary and answer any queries you may have about our tailor-made holiday packages. Get in touch by phone or live chat today and let us help you make your dreams a reality. /p>

where to stay

  1. Vidago Palace Hotel

    Vidago Palace Hotel

    A truly majestic property, Vidago Palace offers the finest in Portuguese splendour. Famed for its rare mineral water complete with entirely natural bubbles, Vidago is the perfect place to go for some rest, relaxation and pampering. Both Porto and the Alto Douro wine region are each around an hour away from this princely hotel.
  2. Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel

    Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel


    Follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie, Maria Callas and Mick Jagger with a stay at the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais Sintra. The hotel guest book is a veritable celebrity who’s who, and it is no surprise why. This is a romantic 18th century palace that quickly becomes a firm favourite with discerning travellers. 

  3. Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort

    Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort


    Experience for yourself the warm Algarve hospitality with a stay in the stunning Tivoli Carvoeiro. Overlooking the Atlantic on the Vale Cavo cliffside, this luxury hotel exceeds all expectations.

  4. Six Senses Douro Valley

    Six Senses Douro Valley


    Six Senses Douro Valley occupies an unbeatable position overlooking the rolling hills of the Douro Valley that cascade down to the beautiful River Douro below. Just 75-minutes from International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro, this beautiful hotel beckons.

  5. Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

    Bela Vista Hotel & Spa


    For those who dream of breathtaking Atlantic vistas, tranquil gardens and decadent elegance, look no further than the Bela Vista. The unrivalled hospitality and romantic surroundings are just some of the charming details of this fabulous hotel.

  6. Vila Vita Parc

    Vila Vita Parc


    Hidden among lush botanical gardens, the cliff-side Vila Vita Parc is one of the finest resorts on the Algarve. Comprising a range of private villas, ocean-view suites, and well-appointed rooms, this striking resort is the perfect place for a relaxing break in the sun. Cobalt and ivory tones infuse the stylish design here. Many rooms have outdoor spaces, including private roof-terraces, while villas enjoy their own private pool.

  7. Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort

    Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort

    Nestled on the Algarve coast with close proximity to Faro airport, the newly refurbished Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort, offers an award-winning holiday experience.
  8. Belmond Reid’s Palace

    Belmond Reid’s Palace


    For over a century, this grand hotel has attracted travellers from far and wide who are drawn by its splendour and spectacular location in some of the most beautiful botanical grounds in Funchal. Previous famous guests at Belmond Reid’s Palace, Madeira, after whom the suites are named, include eccentric playwright George Bernard Shaw and former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Rooms enjoy their own outdoor spaces and are decorated in soothing terracotta, magnolia and ivory tones, with most affording stunning views over the sea.

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