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Portugal Patchwork Retreat

7 May 2023

8 days from £2,749pp

Join Karin Hellaby and enjoy 4 fantastic days of machine quilting workshops on Portugal’s beautiful Silver Coast. Staying in the 5-star Praia D’el Rey Golf & Beach resort, you'll have a whole host of excellent facilities for you to enjoy. 
  • Enjoy inspirational machine-stitching workshops with Karin Hellaby
  • Stitch in our lovely workshop room, using Bernina sewing machines 
  • Experience the best of both worlds with 2 nights in the city and 5 nights on the coast 
  • Discover the beautiful city of Porto, and the famous azulejo tiles 
  • Enjoy a cruise on the River Douro with port wine tasting 
  • Enjoy a little retail therapy at a local patchwork and fabric shop in Porto 

Portuguese Patchwork Retreat

Before quilting begins in earnest, you’ll enjoy a 2-night stay in the beautiful city of Oporto including a full day’s sightseeing tour with a cruise on the River Douro and tasting of the famous port wine. Portugal’s famous azulejo tiles and a visit to one of Oporto’s leading quilt shops are sure to provide inspiration for your stitching under the expert guidance of Karin.

A message from our expert:

I am delighted to be returning to a beautiful hotel on the Portuguese coast, ideal for a quilting retreat. The main project will be a quilt (lap or cot size) which when not in use becomes a wraparound pillow. A complimentary copy of my book, ‘Magic Pillows, Hidden Quilts’ is included.

We will also be spending time in the ancient city of Porto, famous for port wine production and visit the charming walled town of Obidos, a favourite with our quilters!

A week of sewing, cultural and historical visits, good food and wine, and shopping in beautiful Portugal. What more could you ask for?- Karin Hellaby

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Hotel Premium Porto Downtown, Porto


Ideally situated in the historical centre of Porto, the 4-star Hotel Premium Downtown is a modern hotel with contemporary furnishings. Hotel facilities include a 24-hour reception, room service, lobby bar and the PortoBello Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, which offers 360’ views of the city. Each of the spacious, air-conditioned guest rooms is fully equipped with TV, safe for laptop, minibar, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, and en-suite bathroom with hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers and Castelbel amenities. 

Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort


The exclusive Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort sits on the pristine shores of Portugal’s Silver Coast and offers luxury accommodation in its 5-star Marriott Hotel. Hotel facilities include the Tempera Restaurant, which offers daily thematic buffets, the Emprata Bistro and Contato Lobby Bar. The resort’s excellent leisure facilities include a championship golf course, tennis centre, health club with indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzi and Turkish Bath. The Kalyan Spa offers a full range of massage and beauty treatments. Each of the 177 guest rooms features a private terrace or balcony and are fully equipped with flat screen TV, mini-bar, in-room safe, and an en-suite bathroom with hairdryer and bathrobes.