Portuguese Patchwork Retreat

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10 May 2020 - 17 May 2020
Duration: 7 nights
Ref: 20056
With: Karin Hellaby


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Deposit: £250

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Join Karin Hellaby and enjoy four fantastic days of machine quilting workshops on Portugal’s beautiful Silver Coast. You’ll be staying in the 5-star Praia D’el Rey Golf & Beach resort, where, in addition to your stitching workshops, there is a whole host of excellent leisure facilities for you to enjoy. Before quilting begins in earnest, you’ll enjoy a 2-night stay in the beautiful city of Porto 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 Porto’s leading quilt shops are sure to provide inspiration for your stitching under the expert guidance of Karin.


I am delighted to be returning to the Portuguese coast, an ideal location for a quilting retreat. The main project will be a quilt (lap or cot size) which when not in use becomes a wrap around pillow. A complimentary copy of my book, ‘Magic Pillows, Hidden Quilts’ is included. In a second optional project we will look at the simpler designs of the famous azulejo tiles and using these as inspiration for patchwork and quilting.

We will also be spending time in the ancient city of Porto, famous for port wine production. A week of sewing, cultural and historical visits, good food and wine, and shopping in beautiful Portugal. What more could you ask for?


Meet Karin Hellaby and your Arena Tour Manager at London’s Gatwick airport for the flight to Porto. On arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel and check-in for a 2-night stay. The evening is at leisure and a chance to try one of the many excellent restaurants close by.


Today’s full day guided tour is a chance to get acquainted with Portugal’s second city. We’ll see the stunning Sé Cathedral and explore the narrow, cobbled streets of the characterful Ribeira District. In São Bento Railway station, we have a chance to admire the famous azulejo tiles. Also included is a leisurely cruise on the River Douro taking us under some of the city’s magnificent bridges, and a visit to the wine cellars to taste the port wine. During the day there’ll be some time at leisure so you can enjoy lunch and a little independent exploration.


This morning we visit PanopraMantas, a popular quilting store in Porto. Having enjoyed a little retail therapy, we’ll leave Porto and drive to the historical, riverfront city of Coimbra. Here you’ll have time at leisure to soak up the unique atmosphere and take lunch in one of Coimbra’s many restaurants. Our journey continues to Obidos where we check-in to our hotel for a 5-night stay. Dinner is served in the restaurant each evening.


Four fantastic days during which you’ll enjoy both morning and afternoon workshops with Karin Hellaby in a private room at the hotel. Using Bernina sewing machines and with Karin’s expert guidance, you have the chance to learn new techniques, hone your stitching skills and create a wonderful memento of your Portuguese holiday. Around the workshops there is plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic facilities at the resort too!


After a leisurely morning at the resort we’ll return to Porto for our flight to London.


Twin/double share: £2345 per person
Single supplement: £475
Deposit: £250 per person


  • Return TAP Air Portugal economy flight between London Gatwick and Porto with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Porto on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 5 nights’ hotel accommodation in Obidos on a half board basis
  • Full day guided sightseeing tour of Porto with a cruise on the River Douro and visit to the cellars for port wine tasting
  • Four full days of workshops with Karin Hellaby. Use of a Bernina sewing machine and book for the project is included
  • Tea/Coffee during the workshops
  • Visit to local patchwork and fabric shop
  • The services of an experienced Arena Tour Manager, who will accompany the tour throughout
  • Gratuities for driver and local guide


Meals and drinks other than those specified, travel insurance and items of a personal nature, i.e. telephone calls, laundry etc.


Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Europe - £50


Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.


For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.

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Hotel Premium Porto Downtown ★★★★

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.