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Portugal

Portugal basks in gorgeous weather for 300 days a year, drawing millions of annual visitors to its beaches and beautiful cities.

As Europe’s oldest nation state, Portugal’s medieval history is reflected in its impressive architecture, both in the bustling cities and the quieter, quainter towns. Outside of the main strips, you’ll also be blown away by the views of the ocean, the rich local cuisine, and the incredible landscapes.

The Algarve and Madeira are two of the country’s highlights, but there are other picturesque regions across Portugal well worth a visit. The fishing village Quarteira offers history and golden beaches, Lisbon provides relaxing city breaks, and if you want a truly serene holiday, the town of Sagres is almost untouched by popular tourism.

Great for…

Food fanatics – Not only will you find a Mediterranean-style diet of olives, fresh fish, and cheese, but also the famous piri piri spices.

Amateur photographers – Long sandy beaches, beautiful coves, colourful festivals, medieval architecture, and dramatic scenery.

Sun worshippers – Portugal is warm and temperate with dry summers, and is sunny for 69% of daylight hours.

Flight time:

3 hours


Average temperature:

12 °C (January) - 24 °C (July)


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Algarve

The Algarve is one of the most popular regions in Portugal, and while it has a near-endless glittering coastline to explore, a holiday here is far more than a one-trick-pony. The Algarve’s many different resorts cater for all different kinds of holidays: visit Albufeira for the lively parties, Faro for shopping and restaurants, Vilamoura for history and a glamorous nightlife, and Alvor for the peace and seclusion. You can't go wrong if you choose the Algarve as your Portugal holiday destination. 

Madeira

Madeira’s outstanding beauty is reason enough to visit the island, and with its soaring mountains, rustic villages, and wonderful beaches it really does provide some of the most rewarding scenery in Europe. Visit the capital Funchal and find a city surrounded by dreamlike cliffs and blanketed with botanical gardens and tree-swept hills. If you want to sample a local tradition, try the Monte Toboggan Run: a swift, high-speed ride down the city’s winding streets in a wicker sledge!

Must visit – The Algarve is Portugal’s most popular region, and it’s packed with resorts and beaches to please all visitors. As well as the beaches – which are too many to list – put some time aside to visit a food market for a taste of traditional Portugal. Zoo Marine is a fun waterpark in the Algarve that’s worth checking out, and no visit would be complete without trying some of Portugal’s favourite tipple: port. Elsewhere, in the capital Lisbon you can visit Thank Cod which is famed for its roasted cod dishes, and try the sensational artisanal Santini ice cream.


Family fun – Portugal’s beaches are of course a hit with visiting families, with their golden sands and bright blue waters, but the country’s other natural sites and awesome sights are popular with kids and parents too. Children will love to explore the ancient Mata Nacional do Bucaco forest, tour the Quinta da Regaleira which are Sintra’s gardens, discover the caves Grutas de Mira de Aire, and visit Costa Nova, a small coastal town that’s lined with vibrantly coloured houses.


Family fun – Portugal’s beaches are of course a hit with visiting families, with their golden sands and bright blue waters, but the country’s other natural sites and awesome sights are popular with kids and parents too. Children will love to explore the ancient Mata Nacional do Bucaco forest, tour the Quinta da Regaleira which are Sintra’s gardens, discover the caves Grutas de Mira de Aire, and visit Costa Nova, a small coastal town that’s lined with vibrantly coloured houses.


Culture and history – Visitors keen to learn some of Portugal’s rich history will do well to visit some of the country’s 22 sites or features that have been classified as World Heritage. These include the stunning Convent of Christ and Castle; the historic centres of Evora, Guimaraies, and Porto; the prehistoric rock art sites in the Coa Valley and Siega Verde; and the Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture. Throughout Portugal you’ll see architectural links to the past too, via Gothic cathedrals, baroque buildings, and many sacred sites. You can also learn more in the Museum of Lisbon and the Cerro da Vila Roman ruins museum.


Culture and history – Visitors keen to learn some of Portugal’s rich history will do well to visit some of the country’s 22 sites or features that have been classified as World Heritage. These include the stunning Convent of Christ and Castle; the historic centres of Evora, Guimaraies, and Porto; the prehistoric rock art sites in the Coa Valley and Siega Verde; and the Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture. Throughout Portugal you’ll see architectural links to the past too, via Gothic cathedrals, baroque buildings, and many sacred sites. You can also learn more in the Museum of Lisbon and the Cerro da Vila Roman ruins museum.


Night life – Whether you’re looking for party nights or chilled evenings, Portugal has plenty to offer. The Algarve has energetic bars that are brimming with holiday makers in Albufeira and Praia da Rocha, plus nightclubs that throb with atmosphere and dancing until the early hours. Alternatively, try the more authentic Portuguese bars and restaurants in Lisbon, or the live entertainment that is popular in Madeira.



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Holidays in Portugal:

Algarve, Madeira

Popular Destinations:

Turkey, Benidorm, Canaries, Lanzarote, Mexico, Florida, Tenerife, Orlando, Ibiza, New York,

Majorca, Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Costa Dorada,fuerteventura, Gran Canaria

Type of Holidays:                                                          

Family holidays, All Inclusive holidays, School holidays, Luxury

 

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