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Hidden Portugal

Our verdict:

A glorious coastline, colourful cities, unspoiled countryside - not to mention the port and custard tarts. Portugal has plenty to tempt, whatever your travel style. Join a small group tour to discover the highlights not only on the Portuguese mainland but also in Madeira and the Azores.

Recommended tour operator: Just You

Just You says

Although it’s virtually on our doorstep, much of Portugal remains unspoilt by mainstream tourism and uncrowded, with glorious unspoiled countryside, medieval villages and a spectacular coastline. Britain’s close relationship with Portugal dates back to the 14th century and English is widely spoken.

  • discover the real Portugal
  • river cruise option
  • solo travellers only

We recommend travelling in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn when the climate is mild, providing the ideal weather for walking and cycling holidays. We offer a range of small group trips exclusively for solo travellers in Portugal, some with forays into neighbouring Spain.

Accommodation throughout is based on solo occupancy of a twin or double room.

Our best seller is Picturesque Portugal. This one-week trip takes you from Oporto to Lisbon via the Douro Valley, Cascais, Estoril, Obidos, Coimbra and Obidos. From port wine tasting to cruise on the Douro River and time in Video and Alveira, known as the Venice of Portugal. Accommodation is in three and four star hotels.

Join our one-week tour of Madeira for a wonderful immersion in this beautiful Atlantic island. The itinerary is set at a leisurely pace with plenty of free time for you to explore beyond all that is included in the trip itself. Options include a whale and dolphin-watching boat trip and a walk in the famous Levadas. Our base is a fabulous five star hotel.

Located farther out in the Atlantic, the stunningly green islands of the Azores are as attractive as they are remote. Based in a four star hotel in Ponta Delgado, you will enjoy a week’s leisurely tour of the main island of São Miguel. It’s the perfect choice for a spring or autumn break.

For something completely different – and totally relaxing – our five-night river cruise is a great choice. Meandering along the stunning Douro river, it’s a great way to discover this part of the world – and its stunning wines from Port to the iconic Mateus Rose.

Our holidays attract all ages with a mix of first-timers and regular Just You travellers. Whilst our customers are aged between 18 and 80, most are aged 50 years plus. Not all are single – many have partners at home with different interests.

All our prices represent outstanding value for money and it’s always worth checking our last minute deals.

If you’re considering travelling on your own for the first time, you couldn’t be in better hands. Read through some of our customers’ own stories here for an idea of what to expect. Talk to our friendly team to discuss any questions or concerns.

Find out more about our small group tours in Portugal.

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