Your Winter Vacations in Portugal!
Spend memorable vacations in Portugal this winter! Great vacation packages, tours, car rentals, and excursions from Transat Holidays are all available! Discover the beauty and history of Portugal. Experience museums and the local culture. Enjoy dining and shopping. Try world famous wines. City hopping, and go-as-you-please tours are also available. Do you know that Portugal is the oldest country in Europe with the same borders for 900 years?! Portugal played a crucial role in world history. During the 15th and 16th centuries it established a sea route to India, and colonized areas in Africa, South America, Asia, and Oceania creating an empire. The Portuguese language continues to be the biggest connection between these countries. Somewhat isolated geographically and culturally, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Due to its outstanding landscape diversity and rich history, now Portugal is becoming one of the best value destinations in Europe. In a single day you can travel from covered with vines green mountains in the North, to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Centre, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally to the glamorous beach holidays destination Algarve. If you want a condensed view of European landscapes, culture and way of life, going to Portugal could be your best option.
Lisbon - national capital, city of the seven hillsWhile on your vacations in Portugal, you must visit Lisbon. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating London, Paris and Rome by centuries. Being located on the edge of the Atlantic, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that faces the ocean. Lisbon enchants travelers with its white-bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy-going charm that makes it a popular year-round destination. The city is the 7th-most-visited city in Southern Europe with about 2Million tourists annually. Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Among all the metropolises in Europe, it has the warmest winters, with average temperatures 15°C (59°F) during the day and 8°C (46°F) at night from December to February. Lisbon is the city with a contemporary culture that is alive and thriving and making its mark in today's Europe.
Porto - "Unvanquished City", along the river Douro and the Atlantic OceanBuilt along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary, Porto and its historical center was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996. It has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, when the Romans referred to it as Portus Calle. The city is extremely hilly, with many buildings built into a cliff face that overlooks the river. Stairs cut into the stone run up and down the cliff face and offer a laborious but rewarding walking tour. The Old Town is granite and monumental. Tripe stew is a specialty of the city: it started in 1415, when the city went without meat in order to provision the capital and the fleet that departed to Ceuta. Porto is home to port wine of course, and there are many wineries around the city where port wine is matured. Strictly speaking, port wine can only be called port wine if the grapes are grown in the Douro valley, and the wine is produced and bottled in Porto. Port wines come in many styles, with vintage port being the most expensive.
Faro - The administrative centre of the AlgarveFaro is the gates to explore the more remote areas of the Algarve in the off-season. In winter, it is a beautiful, peaceful corner of Southern Europe with plenty of sun bleaching the white-washed town with Iberian and Moorish-influenced architecture. The people are more friendly than other parts of Europe.
European Vacation Packages from Transat Holidays
Take advantage of Early Booking promotions!Early Booking Promotion valid on new individual bookings for a minimum of 7-night stays made by Oct 31, 2015 for travel between Nov 1, 2015 and Apr 28, 2016.
- Pay $100 deposit per person
- Toronto departures: Faro - Lisbon - Porto
- Montreal departures: Lisbon - Malaga
- Portugal packages include round-trip Economy Class flights and accommodations.
- 50kg Baggage Allowance on all Portugal Flights!