Portugal holidays offer a destination rich in culture, with stunning scenery, breath-taking beaches and mouth- watering food on the menu.
The European hotspot offers an array of experiences for travellers, whether you’re looking for a couples’ city break, a family chill-out by the sea or time spent teeing-off on a few rounds of golf.
Portugal holidays are, in a nutshell, an access-all-areas pass to some of the best food, scenery and UNESCO World Heritage sites in Europe and beyond.
And to cap it all, glorious weather is almost a guarantee. Sounds perfect? We think so too.
Lisbon and the Algarve are two of Portugal’s most popular holiday spots, but they offer a complete contrast, highlighting the exciting opportunities the country has to offer – and you’re never too far away from any of it.
The capital, Lisbon, is rich in history and culture, boasting an ancient castle, sweeping city squares, traditional Fado music and eclectic nightlife. But hop on a train or bus and within an hour you can be sunning yourself on a sandy beach in the picturesque fishing town, Cascais.
Head a couple of hours south along the coast and you’ll reach the Algarve region, with the popular destinations of Lagos, Faro and Albufeira among its armoury, perfect for Portugal beach holidays.
The region is also home to world-class golf courses, so you can unleash your inner Tiger Woods and work on your handicap.
And if you’re partial to a slice of Madeira cake or a tipple of Madeira wine, we’ve got the perfect destination for your next holiday – Portimao. Just kidding! Of course, Portimao is great for music festival fans, but otherwise, the rugged, charming islands of Madeira, off the north coast of Africa, should be right up your street.
Portugal really does have it all – yet it’s far from a jack of all trades, master of none. Holidays in Portugal hit the mark time and again.
Despite the differences between the city sights of Braga or the rolling hills of the Douro Valley, what remains a constant across Portugal is the delicious food and wine.
Its long Atlantic coastline makes it a haven for fresh seafood, with sardines a particular delicacy when in season between March and October. They’re such a staple, you’ll find images of them on a lot of souvenirs and even an entire shop dedicated to them in Lisbon – great for a quirky gift.
While in Portugal – and particularly the Belem district of Lisbon – you cannot leave without tucking into a traditional ‘Pastel de Nata’ or ‘Portuguese custard tart’. Thank us later!
Portugal is also famous for piri piri (yes, better than Nandos) and Portuguese wine, particularly in Porto – hence, ‘port’ – and the nearby Douro Valley, where you can enjoy excellent wine tours and tastings.
And if you’re planning on a good meal being just the start of your night, Portugal won’t disappoint. Praia da Rocha, Albufeira and Lagos are all booming party resorts, attracting youngsters from allover Europe to the neon-lit ‘strips’, while trendier, more refined bars can be found in Porto and Lisbon.
So, whether you’re looking for all-inclusive holidays in Portugal or cheap holidays in Portugal, it is truly a paradise to suit every budget.