Luxury wellness holidays and retreats in Portugal
Best months to visit
Autumn brings a flurry of activity in the wine region as the grapes are harvested and the winemaking process begins. The cooler autumn temperatures mean fewer crowds, ideal for exploring, while summer days are gloriously hot.
The Portugal experience is richly distinct and varied, shaped by Medieval castles, golden beaches, colourful cities, thrilling surf spots and stunning landscapes. With a little bit of everything, it’s impossible not to find a part of the country to fall in love with. Pass the time on the breath-taking riverfront of Porto, or exploring the colourful, cobblestone streets of Lisbon. The fairy-tale palaces and exotic gardens of Sintra make for a captivating trip, while the luscious greenery of the Douro Valley is home to the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. Stay at one of Health Travel’s luxury wellness getaways to experience the best this region has to offer, with private guided tours and spa treatments using fresh ingredients from the gardens. The islands of Madeira and the Azores exude more tropical vibes, with extinct volcanoes, caves full of natural carvings, and lush, green vegetation.
Top places to visit in Portugal for health & wellness
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the majestic Douro Valley is a must see for wine and port lovers. The Douro river winds lazily through this ancient wine-producing region, cutting through the steep, vine covered terraces that shine golden in the sunlight. Stay at Six Senses Douro Valley for the perfect pairing of wine and wellness, with panoramic vistas of the glorious surroundings.
A soulful city sitting on the edge of the Douro river, Porto’s cobbled streets and historic heart intertwine with culinary delights and enticing nightlife to create a destination you’ll adore. Head to a miradouro viewpoint for mesmerising views or the Ribeira District to be swept up in Portuguese charm.
Portugal’s enchanting southern coast, the Algarve is blessed with golden beaches, picturesque traditional fishing towns and a deliciously warm climate. Full of natural beauty, one of the many highlights is the tranquil Parque Natural da Ria Formosa is a unique coastal lagoon, home to a fascinating diversity of wildlife, especially birds.
Here's 3 experiences to inspire you
Learn to surf on globally renowned surf beaches
Portugal boasts some of the best surfing spots in Europe, including Nazaré. Home to the biggest surfable waves on the planet, it’s a hot contender for one of the world’s best surf beaches. With swells ranging in size and difficulty, there’s a surf beach for everyone and every ability in Portugal, making it the perfect place to embrace the waves.
Yoga classes in the vineyard
Who says wine doesn’t go with wellness? Soak up the majestic valley views and breathe in the great outdoors with a vineyard yoga class at Six Senses Douro Valley. The picturesque setting helps you switch off from everyday life as you connect to the goodness of the natural world around you.
Hike and cycle your way through Peneda-Gerês
Portugal’s first and only national park, Peneda-Gerês is truly a sight to behold. Hike and cycle your way through lush forests, traditional granite villages, and green valleys, all spread across four boulder-strewn massifs. The villages preserve Portugal’s traditional way of life, while the seclusion of the park provides a home for otherwise rarely encountered wild animals, including boars, wild horses, and wolves.