Pure Portugal: Serra da Estrela

Pure Portugal: Serra da Estrela

At the top of the mountain, life has a different pace. Take a deep breath, immerse yourself in nature, and fill your heart with renewed energy.

In the Natural Park of Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s most iconic mountains, nature and design perfectly merge to create an experience that you will never forget. In the colder months, you can explore the region by taking a bespoke snowshoe tour with an expert guide. Warmer seasons are perfect for trekking and hiking, to discover the mountain’s glacial lakes and valleys, the sheer beauty of the massive granite stones and the changing colors of the forest.

Blending into the landscape, Casa das Penhas Douradas is a contemporary retreat filled with beautiful details that evoke the region’s nature and culture. Inspired by local architecture, its interior design project makes use of natural materials such as cork, birchwood, and Burel wool.
With a superb panoramic view of the glacial valley, the historic Casa de São Lourençohas excellent gastronomy and an exclusive Spa. First opened in 1948 and recently refurbished, its heritage meets contemporariness with elegance and inspiration.

Whether you embrace the wilderness, immerse yourself in comfort and warmth, or both, this magical mountain will take you to the top!

Top Wines: Two Portuguese red wines and one Port wine were selected for Forbes’ Top 12 list of the world’s best wines. For the prestigious magazine, Taylor’s Very Old Single Harvest Porto 1968(#5), Cartuxa Pêra-Manca 2005 (#10), and Casa Ferreirinha Barca Velha 1999 (#12) are amongst the very best in the world, and we agree! Love wine? Check our bespoke wine tours and plan your trip!

Best Baths: It is no secret that Portugal has some of the most incredible historical thermal baths in Europe. Now a Portuguese project, the Aqua Village Health Resort & Spa, near Coimbra, has won the World’s Best Thermal Baths Resort award at the Haute Grandeur Global Excellence Awards. The resort’s Spa and its restaurantwere also distinguished.

Botanical Bliss: Celebrity florist Simon Lycett will be at the Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madeira for a one of kind experience around floral art. Lycett will take guests on a journey through the gardens and share his passion and craft in a bespoke workshop. From 8 to 10 May 2020, during the world-famous Flower Festival. Have you already booked your garden tourin Madeira?

What our friends and clients are saying about us:

“We miss you already because we feel like you included us as part of your Portuguese family. The trip was very enjoyable for Ken and I from the beginning in Lisbon to the end in Douro. If we were rating it, we would give 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you for going above and beyond our expectations!”

Debbie and Ken, Ridgewood, New Jersey

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 enquiry@episode-travel.com or call us on + 351 916 207 990.

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