A Landscape of Heritage and Beauty
Portugal's location on the southernmost point of Europe includes the Madeira and Azores archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean and the country offers a plentiful array of geographical features and regions of heritage. Along Alentejo’s Atlantic Coast, the landscape reflects a simple way of life, dotted with cork oaks and olives trees as well as knots of small whitewashed houses.
The landscapes of the coastal regions where we feature our small ship cruise are hilly and rugged, with small sheltered coves between the dramatic cliff backdrops.
The climate is defined as a Mediterranean one with hot dry summers and mostly mild winters, with the temperatures influenced by the country's latitude and proximity to the sea. This, in combination with the 10-12 hours of daily sunshine in the summer months, attracts millions of visitors each year.
Our small ship cruise runs from May to October. It seems rather obvious to say so but sun and heat worshippers should be looking to travel in the high summer months of July and August but it’s worth remembering that even coastal cities like Lisbon will be pretty warm at that time. The “shoulder” months of May, June, September and October are all very enticing. Warm but nowhere near oppressive, it’s an absolute pleasure in early and late summer to watch the mainland slip by from the comfort of the good ship M/Y Harmony G.