Dream of an Island
With the island of Madeira recently chosen as the World’s Leading Island Destination, Portugal can be proud of this spectacular insular beauty.
Madeira, whose new slogan is simply “Madeira is Gold”, really has a kind of Midas touch to it. This festive island, located in the Atlantic Ocean, to the south west of Portugal, is known for its emerald green sea, its fabulous mountain and its unique parks and gardens full of exotic plants. The beautiful levadas, the island’s ingenious irrigation system using ancient canals to bring mountain water to the slopes and valleys, and the laurel forest, among other natural attractions, make of Madeira a hiking and outdoor sports paradise, and the perfect spot to get in touch with nature. An incredibly rich local culture, superb accommodation and exciting food and wine experiences, including the unique Madeira Wine, all await you. No surprise, then, that Madeira has been chosen as the World’s Leading Island Destination in December 2015.
With direct flight connections to Europe’s main cities, and only a two-hour flight from Lisbon, Madeira really is a dream of an island… at your reach.
Portuguese Grape Pedigree: Did you know that Touriga Nacional, Portugal’s iconic grape variety, was chosen by the renowned publication Wine Enthusiast as the country’s “Pedigreed Grape”?
In a four-page article, editor Roger Voss praises this aromatic variety, known for its structure, fruitiness and floral character and increasingly famous worldwide, from the United States to New Zealand and even France.
Best in a blend, Touriga Nacional, a variety that lends an aristocratic character to wines, almost disappeared in the 1970’s but is back in full-force, throughout the country and especially in the Douro and Dão regions.
Casa do Rio, Where Architecture Meets Wine:Great architecture and excellent wines are two very good reasons to visit Portugal, and at Casa do Rio, a new six-room hotel located in the heart of Douro, in the wine estate of Quinta do Vallado, you can literally have the best of both worlds. Designed by architect Francisco Ferreira de Campos of Porto’s studio Menos é Mais, the Casa do Rio is a wooden building suspended between two supporting pillars on the hillside. Whether you choose to relax in the infinity pool overlooking the river or indulge in a superb wine tasting moment, this is as close to heaven as you can get. Find out more here.
Parques de Sintra Top Conservation:
For the third consecutive year Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua won the World Travel Award for “Best Conservation Company in the World” in 2015. Known as the “Oscars of tourism”, these awards are a huge recognition for the quality of the work carried out by Parques de Sintra in recovering and restoring the parks and monuments under its management, all set in the beautiful region of Sintra, and which include the National Palace of Sintra, the Palace of Pena and its Park and the Park and Palace of Monserrate, among other landscape and architecture treasures.
What our friends and clients are saying about us:
“As fans of modern architecture, we were eager to visit Portugal. With Episode Travel we arranged for three days of architect-guided tours in Porto and Lisbon. We were very pleased with the results: visits to many fascinating sites, accompanied by practicing architects who had a deep knowledge of the cities and buildings. Raffaella did a great job of accommodating our schedule and put together a very creative program. It was a great way of seeing Portuguese architecture with an insider perspective”
Episode Travel, Your Personal Travel Consultant for Portugal
WHO we are: Episode is about traveling with art. With a unique heritage, thrilling landscapes and a world of contemporary creativity waiting to be discovered, Portugal is Europe’s best-kept secret.
WHAT we do: We design and provide tailor-made tours to discover Portugal under a new light. Taste superior food & wine in charming restaurants, spend the nights in handpicked hotels where you will time-travel through History and learn about the extraordinary culture of this country blessed by the sun and open to the sea. A team of experienced travel consultants will arrange personalized tours just for you. Away from the crowd. Designed to fit your interests and needs. Made to amaze you.
WHERE to find us: For more information or to prepare your tailor-made visit to Portugal, please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on + 351 916 207 990.