Long before we left for Portugal, my sister was looking for day trips we could do from our base in Lisbon. When she saw the private day trip to Berlenga Grande Island, the largest of the Berlengas Archipelago, we put our plans in motion.
Tomás Eisele Meneses is a Viator private guide who conducts tours in English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. He has a degree in tourism information which included studies in the arts, culture, history, gastronomy and wines of Portugal, and he also loves surfing. Tomás grew up in Porto but now calls Lisbon home, and is enthusiastic about exposing visitors to Portuguese hospitality by taking them on tours in and around the city. He gave us some insights into the things he loves best about Lisbon.
Lisbon enjoys a spectacular location sprawled across seven hills overlooking the Tagus, which is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, flowing 626 miles (1,007 km) from the Sierra de Albarracín in eastern Spain before meeting the Atlantic in Lisbon. Cruising the Tagus River gives a glimpse into the past and future of the city.
Forming part of the Madeira Archipelago, the Desertas Islands can be – depending on the weather – spotted from the harbor in Funchal. A haven for seabirds and seals, exploring the Desertas Islands from Funchal should be on the bucket list for all nature lovers visiting Madeira.
Peso da Régua sits on the western edge of the Douro port-wine region. In the 18th century, this town grew rich, serving as a transport hub for wine that was being transferred to Porto for export. Today, visiting Regua from Porto provides a glimpse into a local town that has managed to fly under the radar from tourists.
Why visit one country when you can visit two? Portugal can be a springboard into neighboring Spain and guided tours make exploring Andalucia from Lisbon easy and pleasurable. Multi-day tours of southern Spain also incorporate a visit to Toledo and wind up in Madrid.