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Portugal Holidays


Golden sands, toasty temps and pastel de natas for breakfast. These are just three of the reasons why Portugal takes the top spot for a beach break.

Destination highlights

  • Home to the Algarve – a firm favourite with both families and friends

  • Amazing beaches across the country

  • A colourful capital city

  • A great selection of annual festivals to go to

What are the best beaches in Portugal?

Looking for a break filled with sunny days sitting on the beach? That's what cheap holidays to Portugal are all about! The Algarve coast is lined with sandy shores that are perfect for all holidaymakers. Here are our favourites…

Praia dos Pescadores is a must-visit when you’re holidaying in the Algarve. Located in Albufeira, this Blue Flag beach is a hit with families, friends and couples seeking a laid-back beach day. In the west of the Algarve, Praia da Rocha is another top pick for sunbathing, swimming and all-around relaxing. If you’re seeking a snorkelling spot, head to Praia da Marinha to see what lies beneath the amazingly clear waters, as well as discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe!

Get the best of both worlds when city breaking in Lisbon. If you hop on a train or bus a little further down the coast you can enjoy the sunshine and the seaside in the region of Cascais. Perfect for a day trip out, take your pick from the spacious Praia de Carcavelos, watch the windsurfers at Praia do Guincho or hop over to Estoril for a relaxing day on Praia do Tamariz.

What are the top hotels in Portugal?

Family holidays to the Algarve, mates’ escapes to Lisbon and couples’ All Inclusive getaways to Cascais – wherever you’ve got your eye on, we have the hotel for you.

Looking for luxury in Lisbon? The Iberostar Selection Lisboa is a superb five-star hotel with an outdoor pool located in the northwest of the capital city – perfect for a couple’s break or mates’ escape. For those who need a comfortable yet classy base for their Lisbon break, the Real Parque Hotel is just 300m from the Botanical gardens and has a brilliant restaurant and bar for guests to enjoy delicious meals.

Along the Lisbon coast in the Cascais region, Baia Hotel Cascais is a stylish hotel by the beach that’s great for couples or friends seeking a Portuguese getaway that’s a mix of beach and city break. Vila Gale Village Cascais is a four-star hotel that’s a great choice for a laid-back family holiday under the sun. In Sintra, the four-star Pestana Sintra Golf Resort & Spa is a perfect pick for a couple’s spa break.

If you fancy soaking up the sunshine in the AlgarveMuthu Clube Praia da Oura is a four-star family favourite located on the beachfront. Monica Isabel Beach Club is another great choice for a family holiday by the beach and AP Adriana Beach Resort is a stylish four-star complex with something for everyone.

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Weather in Portugal

























Summers (June to September) in Portugal are a real treat. Temperatures average around 25-30°C, and the sun? Oh, it's more loyal than your favourite pet, especially in the southern Algarve region. It's all about the beach, BBQs and buckets of ice cream.

Now, for those of you who like to play it cool, spring (March to May) and autumn (October and November) serve up a milder 15-20°C. These are the perfect months for exploring the cobblestone streets of Lisbon without breaking a sweat or sipping some fine Douro Valley wine al fresco.

As for winter (December to February), weather in Portugal chills out to around 10-15°C, with the occasional rain shower - a little drama never hurt, right? It's the perfect excuse for cosying up in a traditional pastelaria with a Pastel de Nata and a bica.

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How long does it take to fly to Portugal?

It takes about three hours to fly to Portugal from the UK.

What’s the time difference between the UK and Portugal?

There is no difference!

What currency do they use in Portugal?

The official currency of Portugal is the Euro.

What language do they speak in Portugal?

The official language spoken in Portugal is Portuguese.