Move over Portugal’s sunbathers and city-breakers - time to see another side to the country, on a scenic and affordable train journey along its west coast. From the hilly old city of Coimbra, where around 2,000 students flock to the streets abuzz with cafes and music to the steep alleyways and rattling trams of Porto, you’ll find that Portugal’s small size is perfect for multi-centre travel. On a packed six-night holiday, you’ll discover the best parts of Portugal, splitting your time between Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto to discover everything from rich cultural sights to plenty of port.
After touching down at Lisbon Airport, you’ll check-in at the luxurious 4-star HF Fénix Lisboa in one of the most prestigious addresses in Lisbon (close to the airport and station). Here, you’ll enjoy two nights within its rooms with views of the city. Features include Wi-Fi and the restaurant where a delicious breakfast is guaranteed. Follow this up with a tipple in the garden’s furnished terrace.
On your third day, you’ll take the train to beautiful Coimbra – the medieval capital of Portugal for over a hundred years, where a royal palace inhabited by 12th century monarchs has been transformed into a university. You’ll spend two nights in four-star modern surroundings at the Tivoli Coimbra, which sits near the Mondego River in historic Coimbra. You can venture from the hotel to other parts of Coimbra with nearby Rua da Sofia’s public transportation.
Finally, you’ll have the chance to discover the UNESCO city of Porto, where you’ll discover its new indie bars and dipping alleyways, spending two nights at the four-star Porto Trindade Hotel. Situated 150 metres from Trindade Metro Station, this hotel is the perfect spot for exploration. Walking past the older buildings, still clad in glazed blue-and-white azulejo tiles, you will be transported back to the Moorish era, depicting scenes of royal gatherings and rural life.