Portugal Holidays

Portugal Holidays

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Stunning coastline and beaches in the Algarve, a taste of island paradise in Madeira and vibrant city life in Lisbon – Portugal has so much to offer. It’s no wonder that this country was home to some of the world’s first explorers and adventurers, as its landscape is perfect for cycling and hiking, and its waters are heaven for surfers and scuba divers. It’s not all get-up-and-go though, Portugal’s great weather makes it the perfect place to relax on the beach or unwind by the pool, too.

Beaches
Portugal’s beaches are what dreams are made of. On the Algarve coast you’ll find long, sandy beaches nestled between rugged stretches of rocky coast, as well as an endless array of caves and coves to discover. Head to Praia da Oura in Albufeira if you’re looking for a pretty beach with great amenities – you’ll find watersports, sun loungers and restaurants here. Alternatively, combine a Lisbon city break with some laidback lazing on Praia de Santo Amaro, a stunning beach just 20 minutes from the capital by train.

Food & Drink
Although piri piri spices have taken the world by storm thanks to a certain cheeky chicken restaurant, Portuguese food has much more to offer. Hearty and fresh, the cuisine here is overflowing with flavour and passion. Expect to see menus starring local seafood catches, cheese and olives, as well as cured meats and chourico – spicy sausage. When it comes to wine, Portugal has it down to a T. Go for the light and crisp vino verde or sip on strong but sweet port. Meanwhile, the famous pastel de nata (egg tarts to me and you) make for a delectable dessert or snack.

Culture
Portugal is Europe’s oldest nation-state, so it’s no surprise that it’s rich in culture. A really good way to get to know the country is to attend some of its vibrant festivals. From the Sardine Festival in Portimao, to the Carnaval celebrations each May in Lisbon and many towns along the Algarve coast, there’s an event to highlight every part of Portuguese heritage and history to choose from.

Nightlife
Are you after chilled vibes or wild nights? You'll find whatever you’re looking for when the sun sets on Portugal. Lagos and Albufeira in the Algarve offer a dynamic party scene, with the marinas playing host to a number of bars and clubs. Check out Steps Bar in Albufeira Old Town for dancing till late, or MJ’s Bar in Lagos for happy hour. In Lisbon, head to Noobai Café for a special-occasion sangria with a great view.

Important Information
Flight Time: 3hrs
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Currency: Euro
Official Language: Portuguese

Vaccinations
Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Visa
British Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Portugal. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

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Top Portugal Hotels

Four Seasons Vilamoura

Vilamoura, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Clube Humbria by 3HB

Olhos De Agua, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Cabanas Park Resort

Cabanas, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Muthu Clube Praia da Oura

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Pateo Village

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Albergaria Nossa Senhora da Rocha

Armacao De Pera, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Jardim da Meia Praia

Lagos, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Alfagar Alto da Colina

Olhos De Agua, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Cerro Mar Garden

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Hotel Martinhal

Sagres, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Tivoli Lagos Algarve Resort

Lagos, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Eden Resort

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Monica Isabel Beach Club

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Hotel Residencial Colina do Mar

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Colina da Lapa

Carvoeiro, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Paraiso de Albufeira

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Vale de Carros

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

The Residences At Victoria Clube de Golf

Vilamoura, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Cantinho do Mar

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Agua Hotels Vale Da Lapa

Carvoeiro, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Vilamar

Praia Da Luz, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Salgados Palm Village

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Balaia Atlantico

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Turial Park

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Sao Rafael Suites

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Pestana Blue Alvor

Alvor, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Vila Gale Marina

Vilamoura, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Pestana Alvor Praia

Alvor, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Portugal Weather

Enjoying a Mediterranean climate, Portugal benefits from balmy summers and mild winters. In the southern parts of the country, particularly the Algarve region, the weather is hot and dry during the high season. The southern regions are dry with little rain while the north is cooler and gets a little more rainfall, due to the area’s mountainous landscape.
Jan 14ºC
Feb 15ºC
Mar 17ºC
Apr 19ºC
May 21ºC
Jun 24ºC
Jul 27ºC
Aug 27ºC
Sep 26ºC
Oct 22ºC
Nov 17ºC
Dec 17ºC

Things To Do on Portugal Holidays

Listen to fado music
Combine an evening out with a step into Portuguese culture by listening to some of the most heartfelt folk music you’re ever likely to hear. The expressive sounds of fado can be heard in the dimly lit bars of Lisbon’s Bairro Alto and Alfama districts, the taverns of Porto or the student venues of Coimbra. Attracting a mix of locals and tourists, these traditional performances will make for a memorable and authentic cultural experience.

Castle-spotting in Sintra
History, adventure and striking architecture can be found in the charming town of Sintra. An easy day trip from Lisbon, you can roam around the gothic Regaleira Palace and colourful Pena Palace before exploring the Moorish castle ruins with panoramic hilltop views. Be sure to stop off at one of the town’s quaint pastry shops for a delicious pastel de nata tart to keep you going.

Beach day at Praia da Marinha
Recognised as one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches by the Michelin Guide, this stretch of sand makes the top of our beachy bucket list - the golden crescent meets with rugged rocky cliffs that tower above the aquamarine Atlantic Ocean. The crystal clear waters make for idyllic snorkelling conditions, while there’s even more to be seen with a boat trip to the surrounding caves. If you’re dreaming about that iconic Portuguese beach, trust us, you can’t beat Praia da Marinha.

Douro Valley
Set just outside of Porto, you’ll find the lush landscape of Douro Valley. It is one of the world’s oldest wine regions – providing the nearby city with its namesake port wine – and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The gorgeous scenery alone makes these wineries worth the visit, but taking the opportunity to sample some port and visit the informative Douro Museum is also a must.

Portugal Resorts

Lisbon

Lisbon

Soak up the sun, appreciate the culture and experience copious amounts of delicious cuisine in Portugal’s capital city. Spend your days wandering thro…

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Algarve

Algarve

Sunshine and seafood are the Algarve’s main claims to fame. And, with over 150km of coastline, it’s no surprise that this region of Portugal offers mo…

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