• Norte


    The North of Portugal is host to greener landscapes, steep mountainous peaks, and strong vines which assist in creating spectacular acidic wines. The skies are often greyer and the winters more turbulent but this does not hinder from the infectious charm of its unconquered second capital, Porto. A short drive or train ride along the river is the scenic Douro Valley with its vertically planted vineyards. Better yet, head along the coastline to the candy-cane lined houses of Costa Nova where the smell of freshly grilled seafood drifts enticingly from its doors. 

  • Porto


    Referred to as Portugal’s second capital, Porto is the perfect mix of classic and edgy with small boutiques and rustic eateries hidden inside the hilly backstreets of Ribeira and Cedofeita. The centre is full of ostentatious buildings decorated with azulejos tiles whilst down on its river bank the docks are bustling with dimly lit, enticing port cellars. Not just renowned for its history, Porto is host to a variety of esoteric modern architecture, with the most notable being the Casa da Musica or Leça da Palmeira along the coast of Matosinhos.

  • Douro Valley

    Douro Valley

    The Douro Valley is decorated with endless vineyard’s stretching for miles along its banks up to the mountainsides. Whilst the drive can be demanding in remote parts, it’s worth the challenge to catch a glimpse of unspoiled scenery. Not just prepossessing for wine, the valley is host to notable Northern towns such as Lamego which is rich in Baroque architecture. Meanwhile, in Pinhão, the railway station is decorated with azulejos tiles as a homage to the cultivation of the region’s vines. The Douro Valley is not short of adventure either on land by foot and bike or along the Douro river itself where it’s possible to travel by boat or at your own pace enjoying the tranquility by SUP.

  • Costa Nova

    Costa Nova

    A short drive from Portugal’s Venice equivalent Aveiro is the seaside town of Costa Nova, famed for its brightly coloured candy-stripe fisherman shacks. Traditionally a place where fisherman would store materials these picturesque cabins are now used as beach houses. It’s one of the best locations for a fresh seafood feed given its close proximity to the beach, with its harbour being littered with alluring Marisqueiras. Meanwhile, off-land the coastline is a popular surfing destination for those seeking a more adventurous feed.

  • Braga


    Braga is rich in history and culture as one of Portugal’s oldest cities established over 2,000 years ago. The town square is the perfect place to take a stroll whilst admiring its historic churches and buildings which contrast against the small contemporary boutiques and wine bars recently opened to cater to its younger university population. A visit to Bom Jesus Sanctuary is mandatory as one of Braga’s icons with its towering staircase, and sports fans will love the Braga Municipal Stadium, quite literally built into the cliffs it’s a unique site to watch the local team play.

  • Viana do Castelo

    Viana do Castelo

    Viana do Castelo is an architectural treat for those with a love of antique monasteries and Baroque buildings such as the hilltop Santuário de Santa Luzia which offers a panoramic view out to Portugal’s Northern hemisphere. The heart of the city is full of small cobbled lanes meandering off in all directions where you can stumble across the Paços do Concelho Town Hall and the Parish Church Igreja Matriz. Surrounding landscapes offer a plethora of adventure possibilities with a varied level of cycling paths along the coast and inland. Off-land it’s possible to take on any water sport either on its coastal shores or along the River Lima.

  • Centro


    Often neglected as people travel directly between Porto and Lisbon, the Centro region of Portugal is especially diverse in its offerings. From picturesque villages like Óbidos where streets are filled with vendors offering Ginjinha, to enchanting remote Schist Villages hidden away deep in the mountains. It holds Portugal's fiercest coastline, with Nazaré notoriously generating monumental waves whilst also boasting the highest point in mainland Portugal at Torre in the Serra de Estrela. Rich in history and an abundance of adventure to match, it's the perfect combination of everything we love about Portugal.

  • Serra da Estrela

    Serra da Estrela

    Home to the highest point in mainland Portugal Torre at 1990 meters high, the Serra da Estrela is the Centro regions activity hub with its natural landscape and rocky peaks making the perfect base for endless adventure. The mountain range is host to an abundance of unparalleled sights and tastes such as the mysterious Covão dos Conchos, a hike with a rewarding view, to the creamy Queijo de Ovelha, a firm favourite in Portuguese cuisine. With a maze of hiking trails for all levels which open out to hidden historic villages made of schist, this area is a satisfying challenge for those eager to tackle its trails.

  • Schist Villages

    Schist Villages

    Hidden between leafy green slopes and up to the rocky peaks that shape the Serra de Estrela, the 27 Schist Villages are one of Portugals best-kept secrets, each constructing their own unique charm. From Monsanto, where red-roofed houses are quite literally encased in stone boulders, to Piódão, where a vibrant blue and white church stands clear from the schist houses, creating a stark and stunning contrast against the mossy green ravine. It's an excellent spot for hikers looking for a compelling climb, where unique sites await around every corner.

  • Óbidos


    Óbidos is a central fortified town composed of confined lanes and quaint houses all guarded by its imposing medieval castle. The streets are dotted with splashes of blue artwork whilst vivid flowers spill from the windowsills adding to its infectious charm. Although often crowded during warmer months, it's possible to avoid by venturing through the quiet back-streets away from the masses. Óbidos is the birthplace of Ginjinha (Portugal’s sweet cherry liquor) and is served best in a chocolate cup whilst enjoying the views over the horizon out to the Caldas da Rainha countryside.

  • Coimbra


    Coimbra, once Portugal's medieval capital is an animated city with a deep-rooted level of history. It's set above the Rio Mondego and is the second birthplace for the music of Fado, where the metallic notes of the Guitarra can often be heard reverberating off its old stone walls. Acclaimed as Portugal's University town, it's best explored during term time when a youthful energy fills the street and long-held traditions such as the Queimas das Fitas make for fascinating must-see affairs. 

  • Alentejo


    Located in the south-central region the Alentejo landscape is remote and vast, extending from the rough shores on the western Atlantic coastline all the way along to the borders of Spain. Its flat, golden plains are a stark contrast from the rolling hillsides further inland, making it a fine destination for active adventures. Referred to as the breadbasket of Portugal Alentejo is a cultural hub with its landscape being responsible for half of Portugal’s wine production and the largest quantity of cork in the world. It’s undeniably a region where historical traditions have been kept alive.

  • Évora


    Évora is a historic and enchanting town home to many significant landmarks including the 15th-century St Francis Church with the Chapel of Bones, and the Templo de Diana, constructed entirely from marble and granite stone. Just outside its walls, Évora is close to some of Portugal’s finest wineries and Neolithic monuments dating back to 6,000 BC. Our advice? Adopt the relaxed and unhurried attitude of the locals by enjoying a typical queijada pastry in the main square Praça do Giraldo, before getting lost in the streets of one of the most historic cities in the country.

  • Monsaraz


    Stepping inside the castle walls of this Medieval hilltop town is like taking a step back in time and with a population of only a few hundred, Monsaraz oozes in charm and tranquility. The streets are littered with whitewash schist houses which surround the central Parish Church, a visual justification for its reputation as the Museum village of Alentejo. Foodies will delight at the small selection of mouth-watering restaurants where it’s possible to sample traditional Alentejo cuisine whilst appreciating views out to the man-made Alqueva lake. If you’re lucky, on especially clear days it’s possible to see over to the frontiers of Western Spain.

  • Marvão


    Marvão is Portugal’s highest continental town set up on the crags with views out to the neighbouring frontier town Castelo de Vide and on clear days, as far as Western Spain. Its white-washed streets are exceptionally preserved and decorated with wildflowers that guide you up to the castle’s keep, Torre de Menagem. Marvão is host to multiple events throughout the year including the International Music Festival in July where the castle and streets are lit up with live orchestra performances throughout the town.

  • Castelo de Vide

    Castelo de Vide

    Set up on the slopes of the Serra de São Mamede across from Marvão is Castelo de Vide. With its looming castle and steep flower-lined cobbled lanes, it’s one of the Alto Alentejo regions true gems. Most unique about this town is its Jewish quarter which offers one of the largest collections of architecture from the Gothic period in Portugal. The Portuguese often visit for its rich natural resources where it is believed the natural spring waters offer healing properties. Castelo de Vide is a prime example of an authentic fortified village in its purest rustic form.

  • Lisbon


    It’s Portugal’s capital and arguably one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. As a holiday destination, Lisbon has it all from rich cultural history in the old districts of Alfama to a buzzing evening atmosphere in the lively Bairro Alto. Lisbon’s close proximity to the coast makes a city escape easy and a temperate climate means it’s a destination possible to discover all year round. From cinematic miradouros overlooking the Tagus river to cobbled backstreets that open out to ancient ruins like the Carmo Convent, it’s clear this dynamic city has something on offer for all.

  • Sintra


    Set in the pine-covered landscape is the mystic mountain town of Sintra which is overflowing with opulent palaces, ancient ruins and romantic gardens perfectly radiating its Renaissance and Baroque past. So many sights in a small area, it’s easy to feel overcrowded especially during the summer months. We avoid this by arriving at sunrise, just as Fabrica das Verdadeiras Queijadas da Sapa opens for a fresh pastry, then head to Palacio Monserrate which is often neglected by its neighboring monuments but offers so much more with a beautiful blend of Arabic, Gothic and Indian architecture. 

  • Cascais


    30 minutes along the coast from Lisbon is the picturesque fishing town of Cascais. Offering a mix of 19th-century architecture alongside its more modern beach resorts, Cascais is a bustling beach holiday destination in the summer months. However, the towns hidden treasures lie just outside its centre by heading up North below Cabo de Roca to the wild Guincho beach, host to some of the fiercest waves and a prime spot to see pro-surfers in their element. 

  • Setúbal


    Setúbal, located in the Arrabida Natural Park is an area distinguished for its delicious wines and remote wild beaches accessed by boat or hiking. The Setúbal Peninsula is one of the most diverse in its landscape, nature, and history with the opportunity for active adventures or something more relaxed and culturally enthralling. Its wines are heavily influenced by the Moscatel grape which dates back to the 8th Century BC. A tasting of this sweet grape is one that definitely can’t be missed and is a rewarding ending after a day of panoramic hiking.

  • Algarve


    With golden beaches, sandy islands, and cutting cliffs, the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal is the countries best-known beach hotspot. Whilst its centre is packed with holiday villas and resorts, the edges on the west and east coast offer much more history and rustic charm. The Algarve is located within the Ria Formosa, a natural ecosystem of lagoons and marshlands that stretch for 60 km along the coastline making it a prime destination for adventure activities possible to explore by boat, hiking or bike.

  • Lagos


    Whilst centrally located, unlike neighbouring towns Lagos has retained traditional character and charm making it the perfect base for exploring the Algarve and its striking beaches. Lagos is not short of dining options with restaurants serving seafood fresh from Mercado Municipal da Avenida that morning. Just south of Lagos is the Ponta da Piedade headland which is host to a series of grottos, sea caves and arches giving way to hidden beaches. Whether you want to laze on the beach or hit the waves for a SUP adventure, there’s something for everyone in and around this traditional Algarvian town.

  • Faro


    Most pass straight through Faro using it only as a pitstop for the airport, but this small narrow-street maze of a city is well-preserved and oozing in seaside town charm. The Arco da Vila marks the entrance to Faro’s old town made up of cobbled lanes scattered with local restaurants and the cities Municipal Museum which is home to a selection of historic Algarvian archaeological artifacts. At Faro’s port, boats leave by the hour to Ilha Deserta, a deserted beach forming part of the Ria Formosa offering a selection of walking trails and picturesque spots for a seaside picnic.

  • Olhão


    Olhão is the Algarve’s biggest fishing port and unbeaten seafood capital with its charisma resonating from the towns deep-rooted commitment to the fishing industry. The old town bears a strong resemblance to a seaside Moroccan medina, a result of its Moorish influence and it’s easy to get lost amongst its narrow, winding streets full of unexplored realms. Whilst Olhão itself has no beach, it lies on the Ria Formosa lagoon providing direct access to remote beach islands just a short ferry ride away. 

  • Tavira


    18 miles from the Spanish Border, Tavira is full of small churches, dissipated fishing boats and colourful azulejos townhouses. There’s a relaxed, unhurried nature to this small fishing town that we adore, where everything has been kept exactly as it was. Whilst dawdling like the locals around its cobbled lanes you’re sure to discover one of the 22 churches or spot an example of historic Moorish architecture displaying the most intricate details. The best view in town is from its botanical castle, offering views over the lacework chimney pots out to the Ria Formosa.

  • Adventure


    Thrill-seekers will love Portugal. With its vast and dynamic landscape, and an excellent network of specialist service providers, there are a wide range of options to suit all tastes and levels of adventurousness. The country offers both mountain and coastal terrain making it especially interesting for hiking, mountain biking and a wide range of watersports. Take a look at some of our suggestions…

  • Trekking in Zêzere Valley

    Trekking in Zêzere Valley

    Shaped by ice flows over 20,000 years ago, the Zêzere Valley is home to one of Portugal’s most iconic road trips with all the stunning scenery you would expect of a glacial landscape. The U-shape valley is best explored in spring or summer and offers a wide selection of hiking trails which snake up the valley or down to border the Zêzere river. We offer trained guides and advice on the best conditions and gear for the trip.

  • Surf's Up

    Surf's Up

    One of Portugal’s greatest pulls is its wild and intrepid Atlantic coastline. Here along the coast of Torres Vedras it’s possible it experience some of Europes wildest waves. Whether you want to join the crowds at Nazare on the coastline, admiring pro-surfers ride 49 ft waves, or hit the water with a local instructor with over 20 years of experience and the best gear on hand, we can guarantee you’re going to enjoy the swell.

  • Kayaking in the Douro Valley

    Kayaking in the Douro Valley

    The appeal of the Douro River – with its vineyards and stylish quintas – is well known and well established. For active visitors we suggest a different, but complimentary, perspective on the river by spending a day (or more) paddling its quieter upper reaches. Around the tranquil village of Barca d’Alva, which sits on the Spanish border, the Douro is wild, scenic and untouched, and pairing kayaking downriver with a stay in one of our favourite riverside hotels makes an ideal way to experience Portugal’s most impressive waterway.

  • Cork Trekking

    Cork Trekking

    Set in the foothills of the Serra D’Ossa is the Herdade da Maroteira farm which lies on 540 hectares of forest and woodland that has been passed down through an Anglo-Portuguese family for over five generations. Hike through rich forests and montados to discover a cork tradition that has existed for centuries in Alentejo and contributes to approximately half of all cork harvested annually in the world, from early planting to final extraction of the cork.

  • Mountain Biking in Sintra

    Mountain Biking in Sintra

    We don’t just love Sintra for its pretty palaces. Sintra-Cascais Natural Park also boasts some extraordinary adventure attributes, especially as a destination for mountain biking. Start at the top of mountainous peaks, weaving through sequoia forests and emerge onto wild and rugged headlands to the most westerly point of mainland Europe, Cabo da Roca. This is just a sample of what’s available, there’s even more potential in Portugal’s surrounding regions. Whether you’re interested in mountain biking, e-biking or road biking, it’s all custom-built to fit your needs.  

  • Culinary


    In Portugal, food isn’t just a part of the culture, it is the culture and it’s everywhere, whether you’re walking through the streets of Alfama in June with the aroma of freshly grilled sardines filling the air, or out in the vineyards of the Alentejo wine region, quenching your thirst with the most quaffable wines. There’s plenty of ways to discover it and read on to find out some of our suggestions. 

  • The Wine Flat

    The Wine Flat

    For wine lovers there’s no better way of learning about wine than from a local sommelier. Our friend and sommelier Teresa offers private experiences conducted in her Wine Flat in central Lisbon, it’s a highly informative introduction to Portuguese wines and their respective regions, a great grounding when you land in Lisbon before going out and discovering more within the different wine regions.

  • Oysters of Moinho

    Oysters of Moinho

    Moinho dos Ilheus, is a family-owned oyster farm that has been passed down through three generations and covers 26-hectares within the Ria Formosa Natural Park. The region supplies the most renowned restaurants across Portugal, and here you can learn more about the lifecycle of the oyster, before picking and preparing your own. Delicious when served with a twist of lemon and a glass of Algarvian dry white wine.

  • Port Wine

    Port Wine

    A world-renowned treasure hailing from the voluptuous green vineyard-wrapped hills of the Douro, port is not just a dessert drink in its hometown, but a way of life enjoyed by all, especially during occasions that bring the family together. There’s no moment sweeter than tasting the nectar from a semi-sweet ruby whilst sat in a 240-year-old cellar surrounded by the cask oak that aged it so perfectly.   

  • Sophia's Garden Kitchen

    Sophia's Garden Kitchen

    Step inside Sophia’s charming garden kitchen, set just outside Evora’s historic city walls where you’re surrounded by the aroma of a range of homegrown herbs and delicious organic produce. Here you can learn about Portuguese cuisine and traditions, particular to the Alentejo region, but with an Algarvian twist. Cook up a three-course meal then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labours in an elegant setting with Sophia’s favourite wines.

  • Culture


    Portugal’s unique culture has stemmed from a variety of its many historical influences. Its presence is everywhere, from villages made of schist in the Serra da Estrela mountains to the people’s manner of polite woefulness emanating from its potent history that was filled with invasions, lost voyages and strict dictatorships. Our experiences offer a glimpse into Portugal today. 

  • Saudade


    A country content with their discontentment, Saudade is the untranslatable feeling of ‘joyful sadness’ and very much at the core of Portuguese culture. An emotion that’s possible to be felt for a person, a country or a point in time and expresses a longing for, or missing, resulting in a feeling of polite melancholy. Some say it is the overhang from the country’s seafaring days of discovery when loved ones would often be away or lost overseas – we experience our own version of Saudade each time we wave goodbye to our visitors.

  • Fado


    Fado is soulful, haunting and ever present in Lisbon’s historical districts of Alfama and Mouraira, or in the Northern University town of Coimbra. The bohemian art form which was born from the Moorish occupation expresses the struggle felt by the working-class in these districts and consequent feelings of Saudade. A unique experience that can’t be missed, you’re sure to catch a sample of its woeful echoes whilst wandering through the streets of Lisbon’s historic districts.

  • Harvest Season

    Harvest Season

    The Douro is said to be the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. The traditional grape harvest here which takes place in just 3 weeks is a test of endurance, but live music played in the wineries creates a cheerful and communal atmosphere. For those who are happy to lend a helping hand, the Quintas are sure to charge your glasses with Douro wine or port, and what’s more, you can take home a bottle which truly represents the ‘fruits of your labour.’

  • Historic Villages

    Historic Villages

    Where small stone cottages sit between granite rock formations in Monsanto and white chapels stand out from the verdant valley surroundings in Piódão, each of the 12 historic villages scattered around the Serra da Estrela are completely unique. Here we suggest taking in as many of these villages as you can,  either on foot, by way of a trekking itinerary organised with a guide, or by car. The region offers one of Portugal’s top rural cultural experiences. 

  • Calouste Gulbenkian

    Calouste Gulbenkian

    Located on the outskirts of central Lisbon in Gulbenkian park is an astounding collection of private art featuring some 6,000 pieces which were collected by Calouste Gulbenkian. Gulbenkian, known as ‘Mr 5 percent’ for holding a standard 5 percent of the companies he financed, built up his collection as he travelled throughout Europe and the Middle East. You can find famous names such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Turner sitting alongside ancient Islamic, Greco-Roman and Egyptian pieces.

  • Offbeat


    At Epic, we go beyond the conventional and seek experiences that take your travel further than traditional tourism to create a truly memorable holiday. To feed our growing cultural curiosity, we pay that extra special attention to finding unique spots and experiences that satisfy this increasing craving. At Epic we design holidays that inspire, contact us today to see what might get you curious in Portugal today.

  • Go Local

    Go Local

    There is no better way to discover a country than by doing as the locals do. Portuguese culture is full of long-held traditions and ‘way of doing things’ that make it so unique, from inconvenient morning commutes to the insider scoop on sampling Portugal’s fine cuisine. Check out how we ‘Go Local’ with a selection of treasured experiences unique to Portugal and best celebrated alongside its hospitable locals.

  • Marisqueira


    Mostly found along Portugal’s coastal towns, but also present in its cities, a marisqueira is the only place to go to enjoy authentic Portuguese seafood. Everything is priced by the kilo, whether you want oysters, crabs, seabass or a firm favourite of sea urchins, you’re sure to find it here. Always served with a side of hot buttered bread and quenching glass of Vinho Verde, arrive before sunset to enjoy an alfresco experience, watching the waves and sun roll in.

  • Festival of São João

    Festival of São João

    Upon wandering the streets of Porto on the 23rd of June, locals will greet you with wilting leeks and plastic hammers to symbolize good luck, whilst the evening sky is filled with fireworks and lanterns to celebrate the summer solstice. The smell of grilled sardines fills the air as thousand’s fuel up for the midnight march to the coast of Foz and Matosinhos for a refreshing dip in the sea waters. Sounds completely bizarre? Come and experience it for yourself to find out.

  • Remodelado Trams

    Remodelado Trams

    It’s loud, screechy and has an average speed of 12 miles per hour, with a habitual tendency to brake a little too well and its over-polished wooden benches rarely provide sufficient friction for the slide. But it is how the Lisboans have commuted since 1930, packed like sardines as you tackle the hilly and narrow cobblestoned neighbourhoods with lackluster speed. Relax and enjoy a scenic ride in the little yellow cabin that perfectly exudes Lisbon’s old world charm.

  • Queima das Fitas

    Queima das Fitas

    Translating as ‘the burning of ribbons,’ this long-held student-led tradition at the University of Coimbra, Portugal’s oldest institute is celebrated every May. For eight days, the streets are filled with colourful ribbons and elaborate floats paired with traditional Iberian music. Each day ends with a ceremonial burning of one of the eight ribbons representing the faculties that makeup Coimbra’s University.

  • Taberna


    It’s where the locals hang out and are typically filled with loyal regulars. There’s rarely a menu and you chose by looking at what everyone else is eating around you. Tables are always packed at lunchtime and shared by strangers, there are no frills and the house wine never fails as a pairing. It’s the best way to experience Portugal like a local and the ‘Prato do dia’ certainly will not disappoint.

  • Family


    With a culture where family is at its roots, Portugal is an ideal destination for bringing along the young adventurers. From enchanting castles to its vast variety of landscapes ideal for adrenaline-lovers, regardless of what your favourite family activity might be Portugal is sure to offer a solution. Check out a selection of some hand-picked family experiences on offer that can be custom-designed to suit your children’s needs. 

  • Grutas de Mira d'Aire

    Grutas de Mira d'Aire

    It’s one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal and is sure to leave the whole family awe-struck. Located in the central Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park, the caves were discovered in 1947 by two adventurers. Filled with diversified rooms, vibrant colours and a hidden lake, highly informative guides will no doubt pull on everyone’s imagination regardless of age or interests. The natural grandeur of the Grutas de Mira d’Aire never fails to bring out the curious explorer in all of us!

  • Martinhal Sagres

    Martinhal Sagres

    Martinhal has a unique concept, a luxury beach resort with children at the heart of its design. With warm interiors decorated with natural materials, the hotel inspires relaxation so that children and parents both feel completely at home. With a bundle of activities available indoors and throughout its striking natural surroundings outside, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained. Paired with genuine, smiling staff, Martinhal is the ultimate in family friendliness.

  • Lisbon For Kids

    Lisbon For Kids

    Lisbon is a unique capital full of compelling history ready to be explored. At Epic, we work with local guides who tailor tours specifically to the interests of children, offering an educational and exciting experience for all. From captivating myths and legends behind the cities most famous symbols to sharing secret spots most loved by locals. It’s a great way to explore Lisbon as a family and ends indulging in a local tradition, tucking into a sugary delicacy whilst overlooking the capital on top of one of the many striking miradouros

  • Island Life

    Island Life

    With enchanting waterfalls, volcanic crater lakes, hot restorative springs, and delicious local delicacies, Portugal's islands open up even more opportunity for discovery. At Epic, we believe the islands offer some of Portugal's best-kept secrets and both the Azores and Madeira are great destinations for hiking enthusiasts, collectively offering a selection of fine trails possible to tackle all year round. Paired with exceptional gastronomy and adventure activities on the coast, the islands are a truly unique experience for all.

  • Pineapple Plantations

    Pineapple Plantations

    Smaller, sweeter and much more succulent, the bonus is that they take less time to grow. Whilst the climate of São Miguel island is far from tropical, its warm organic-enriched soils create the perfect natural setting for growing a variety of produce. The island is home to over 6,000 pineapple greenhouses and it's common to find the locals selling freshly carved, tasty slices on the side roads whilst driving along Portugal’s most natural and untouched landscape.

  • Surfing in the Azores

    Surfing in the Azores

    Whilst mainland Portugal offers 600 miles of rugged coastline with unexcelled conditions for surfing, true surf fanatics will head to the Azores islands to take on some of the Atlantic coasts more demanding waves. Every September, São Miguel hosts The World Surf League at the beaches of Monte Verde and Santa Barbara with an abundance of wild waves for all levels. It's a great spot to enjoy the surf in one of our favourite remote surroundings.

  • Bolo Lêvedo

    Bolo Lêvedo

    You can often find locals in Furnas in Sao Miguel char grilling Bolo Lêvedo, a traditional bread, on a hot basalt stone by the side of the road. Typically served warm and oozing with hot garlicky butter, it can also be served with a sweet filling. Either way, it’s so delicious you’ll want to eat it straight away!

  • Pico Peak

    Pico Peak

    2351 metres high, Mount Pico dominates the landscape and is one of Portugal's more challenging climbs. With harsh terrain and turbulent weather which can change by the hour, this certainly isn't a trek we take light-heartedly. At Epic we work with expert local island guides who've experienced climbing Pico in all conditions to assist you every step of the way. The best part? After appreciating its remarkable views, finish with a rewarding visit to a basalt-rock winery to sample the local Verdelho grape alongside sumptuous Pico soft cheese.

Epic Spirit

It’s the people that make Epic what it is. Their dedication to seeking out the most unique and enjoyable new experiences, together with their creative and friendly approach, underpin our promise to help people to do more, and be more, through travel.

Born to be Epic

Founded by global adventurer Charlie Shepherd in Morocco in 2005, and co-owned by international hotelier and action woman, Carla Petzold-Beck, Epic exists to deliver premium on-the-ground travel experiences in countries where our team lives and works. We consider ourselves a rare breed, possessing not only the skills to create exciting travel designs, but also having solid and experienced on-the-ground operational know-how. This makes us experts in all stages of the custom travel planning process. We know that experienced world travellers want to make sure their expectations are not only met, but brilliantly exceeded.

Our Founder

Whether he’s running ultra marathons or juggling a growing business and family it’s Charlie’s calm, friendly, down to earth and supportive manner that has become the trademark of Epic and runs through our DNA. Charlie has 25 years of experience in the travel industry, across three continents and his passion and expertise has been the driving force behind Epic for 15 years.

Travel experiences are the best way known to man to reconnect with oneself, with places, and with nature and the world around us. Epic is luxury redefined.

Charlie Shepherd
Founder, Epic

Reliability and Flair

Small enough to care, but big enough to produce magical results, the Epic family is a mix of international and local staff, all in the Epic mould to ensure our guests get continuity of experience, no matter who they are in contact with.

We’re a mix of energetic, innovative and passionate youngsters, and more experienced people who have worked in travel all their lives. Merging friendly and approachable service with knowledge and creativity, and a thirst for new challenges, with each passing year the company achieves the seemingly unachievable.

What binds us together is a spirit of adventure, challenge and creativity, but what really motivates us is the positive impact we can have on the lives of our guests and the local communities in which we work.

Epic people

Here are just a few of the people who make Epic what it is today.

Head of Projects

Event Manager

IT Development

Head of Portugal

Community impact

When they first arrived in Morocco in 2003, Charlie and his wife Mel created and managed an ecological building project that employed nearly 100 local workers. From these early days, it was clear to them that the impact of foreign investment and project creation could be highly positive if approached with a high degree of sensitivity to the local culture. Since then, we have paid special attention to supporting local economies and working responsibly with our partners and suppliers to ensure that all that can be done, is done, to spread the benefits, and that local resources are carefully managed. A few years ago we came across a project that touched us all, and we now proudly contribute to Fiers et Forts, a project to protect children in danger. So every time you book you are helping to fund facilities and a better life for its children.

Broadening Horizons

Since Charlie was joined by Carla, the company has experienced a growth spurt and whilst Epic’s roots are in Morocco, our horizons are expanding. In 2019 we added Portugal to our portfolio and we plan to move into other interesting destinations that fit the Epic blueprint in the coming years. For us, organising travel is a passion, and new destinations will be subject to our clear charter. Places that we live and work in. And love.

Watch this space for the next chapter of the Epic adventure and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our destinations soon.