Holidays to Portugal for 2016 / 2017
Portugal package holidays have become increasingly popular in recent years and with good reason. A ribbon-like country extending along the Iberian peninsula, which it shares with Spain, a Portugal holiday offers everything from the sun-kissed beaches and golf courses of the Algarve to the culture and cosmopolitan style of Lisbon, not forgetting the stunning island of Madeira. From family villas to golfing resorts, at Co-operative Travel we have a great choice of Portugal holidays to suit your budget.
Portugal holidays allow you to take a step back in time. Overlooked during the tourism boom of the 1970s, it has only been in recent years that cheap Portugal holidays have really taken off. However, despite the numerous high-rise tourist developments which have flourished along the coast, holidays to Portugal aren’t just about catching some sun on the Algarve. Book last minute Portugal holidays on the Lisbon Coast and you’ll discover beautiful countryside, medieval villages, historic seaside towns and customs and traditions which haven’t changed in centuries.
The capital Lisbon itself is an eclectic mix of tradition and culture on one hand, and modern malls, restaurants and bars on the other and it is connected to the beach resort of Cascais by a bridge. Portugal package holidays booked in the surrounding resorts offer traditional beach holidays with many relics of Portugal’s sea-faring history. Sesimbra is a picturesque fishing village boasting a 17th century fortress and nature reserve, while last minute Portugal holidays in Tomar place you in the cultural jewel of Portugal’s crown. Built by the Knights Templar, it has numerous historic monuments as well as pretty riverside walks.
For beach fun, families generally look for late deals in Portugal’s Algarve resorts. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t enjoy a bit of culture. At Co-op Travel we offer Portugal package holidays in villas and hotels throughout the Algarve.
Booking Ahead - Portugal Holidays 2017 / 2018
If you’re looking to save money, then why not book ahead? - Great holiday deals and packages are now available for Portugal holidays in 2017 / 2018.
Booking ahead for your 2017 / 2018 holiday to Portugal has many advantages. Especially for families who are looking to save money. Parents can book holidays in advance so they can reserve the time off forthcoming school half term and summer holidays.
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Portugal - Holiday Destination Information
Key Information: Attracting over 7 million visitors per year, Portugal is a favourite holiday destination for many. With its golden beaches, vibrant nightlife, delicious cuisine and beautiful scenery, holidays to Portugal offers an amazing holiday experience for kids and adults. Portugal has a variety of tourism areas which have proven to be popular with many holiday makers. From Costa Verde to the Algarve, you can find everything you could want on a holiday to Portugal.
Ideal Time to Go: Portugal has a mediterranean climate which means you can expect the summers to be very hot. Depending on which part of portugal you are visiting, winter can be quite cold, but the Algarve maintains a warmer climate all year round, making it perfect for a cheap wintersun holiday. If you’re looking to bask in the sun, then you should consider booking holidays to Portugal around July to August. These months are considered to be the high seasons. Although it may be busy around these months, you can expect consistent sunshine and brilliant weather.If you‘re looking to book cheap holidays to Portugal then we recommend booking holidays around March to May. These months are in the off-season which means you can expect cheaper hotel rates, cooler weather and fewer tourists.
Weather: The temperate climate of Portugal generally provides warm summers and mild winters. You can usually expect a decent amount of sunshine throughout the year. The hottest months are July to August with temperatures rising to 24°C, whereas the coldest months are January to February with temperatures dropping to 12°C.
Flight Time: Direct flights and connecting flights to Portugal take around 3 hours
Time Difference: Same time as the UK.
Currency: Euro (€)
Fun Fact: Portugal is home to 15 historical attractions which are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Top Tip: If you plan on visiting a few museums during your holiday in Portugal, then we recommend checking the opening times. Most museums allow free admission on Sunday mornings, whilst other museums may be closed on Mondays.
Places to Visit on Your Portugal Holiday
Portugal is brimming with historical attractions and beautiful scenery which are waiting to be explored. Here are a few recommended places to visit during your holiday in Portugal:
Batalha – The monastery of Batalha was built in commemoration of the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. Being listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, this destination is one of the most fascinating gothic masterpieces in Europe.
The Algarve – This award-winning destination offers everything you could possibly want on an exotic holiday. From blue flag beaches, to family-friendly resorts, this is an ideal holiday destination for kids and adults.
Madeira – Located in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira offers the perfect balance of traditional and modern attractions. From luxurious accommodations and modern bars to traditional markets and quaint tavernas, there are a variety of things to do and places to visit in Madeira.
How to Get There
Direct flights flights to Portugal are available all-year round as it is a part of Europe. Regular flights to Portugal are available at airports all across the UK which makes it easy to find the most suitable flight for you.
Map of Portugal