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.
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.
12 °C (January) - 24 °C (July)
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’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!
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