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Romantic Heart of Portugal by Self Drive

Lisbon, Monsaraz & Comporta

Best time to travel
Ideal length
9 nights
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€2,489 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Lisbon.
  • All private transfers as well as 7 days' pre-arranged car rental, giving you the opportunity to explore at your leisure.
  • 9 nights’ luxury accommodation in Lisbon, Monsaraz, and Comporta.
  • Experience unique cultural activities such as pottery workshops and guided city tours.
  • Stargaze at the Dark Sky Reserve in Portugal’s Alentejo region.
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Located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwest Europe, Portugal is a country of temperate weather, amazing food and rich culture, making it a popular holiday destination year after year. In this suggested itinerary, allow us to show you the best of both worlds with luxury stays in the vibrant city of Lisbon and the rural Alentejo region. Explore Portugal’s history, its heritage, and stunning landscapes through experiential activities such as atelier tile making, canoeing on Europe’s largest lake and wandering medieval walled cities. With the advantage of a hired car, discover what southern Portugal has to offer during this luxury couples’ getaway.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Lisbon.

A private driver will wait to transfer you to your luxury hotel in Lisbon, where you will stay for two nights.

Drive to Monsaraz in Portugal’s Alentejo region.

After collecting the keys for your hired car, make your way to Monsaraz. As you journey, stop in the little town of Azeitão which is famed for its glazed tiles. Here, you will have the unique opportunity to learn how the Atelier Tiles are made during a private pottery workshop.

Visit the town of Azeitão which is famed for its glazed tiles
Enjoy a scenic canoe ride across Europe’s largest artificial lake.

After settling in at your luxury hotel in Monsaraz, enjoy a scenic canoe excursion on Lake Alqueva. Paddle through calm waters and pass small islands as you travel along the route made by the river Codes until you reach the Guadiana river.

Enjoy a scenic canoe excursion on Lake Alqueva
Spend an evening watching the night skies.

Far away from light pollution, take in the sight of many glittering stars at the Dark Sky Reserve during a visit to the Alqueva Lake Observatory. Here you may observe stars, nebulae and distant galaxies in an activity that is as old as time.

Spend an evening watching the night skies at the Dark Sky Reserve
Drive west to the coastal village of Comporta.

Travel to the quiet, seaside freguesia, of Comporta where you will stay for four nights in a stunning, country retreat.

Sublime Comporta
Discover Portugal’s medieval past at the Walled City of Évora.

Travel back in time in Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the city’s interesting history and learn why it is one of the most significant traces of the Roman occupation in Portugal.

Discover Portugal’s medieval past at the Walled City of Évora
Drive to the international airport for your flight home.

Return your rental car and board your flight. Arrive in Dublin..

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Where to rest your head

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Nau Palacio do Governador

Nau Palacio do Governador

Palacio do Governador is a luxury city hotel located in Lisbon’s Belem district. The property is modern with historical details and original 17th century panelled ceilings.

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Sao Lourenco do Barrocal

Sao Lourenco do Barrocal

Set on a large rural estate in the medieval Alentejo region, São Lourenço do Barrocal provides the perfect rustic escape from the city.

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Sublime comporta pool

Sublime Comporta

Situated on a stunning 17 hectare estate and surrounded by forest and wild sand dunes, the Sublime Comporta boasts bespoke, cabana style villas, all of which include a private pool.

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What people are saying

“We have planned several family holidays with OROKO. They always provide us with several creative options and ideas. OROKO are always efficient, creative and offer excellent service. Things always change and they are helpful in all aspects to solve problems effectively and patiently.”

Liam & family – Mallorca, Aug 2018 | Switzerland, Aug 2019 | Maldives, Dec 2019


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