Portugal is recognised for its picturesque landscape, dramatic scenery and sandy beaches. Portugal holidays are an ideal holiday destination for those who want soak up the sun on the coasts of Algarve, take long walks through the Madeira Mountains or play Golf on the world’s best golf courses. This is the kind of destination that is filled with a combination of relaxation, joy and activity. The sunny warm stretches enjoy around 300 days of sunshine a year.
The Algarve is the most popular regions in Portugal to visit for holidays. It is only a 3 hour flight from the UK, with daily flights into Faro Airport. It has beautiful crystal clear beaches on this south coast, spread with golden sands and rugged cliff mountain backdrops. When you go more inland you will witness the Portuguese lifestyle, small traditional villages and towns circled with vineyards, olive trees and countryside. Algarve holidays are also known to be one of the best places in the whole of Europe for golfing. People generally assume that Algarve is just for beach holidaymakers with its amazing scenery, but there is so much more to Algarve. It enjoys beautiful beaches, the endless dining places, the rural countryside, nature watching, photography, painting and cycling.
Towards the North of Portugal, the setting changes to an even more authentic holiday destination. Approximately 1000 kilometres away from mainland you can enjoy Madeira holidays. The capital city Funchal is a real mix of old and new. The relaxed city has significant prominences with white gold and sugar. When on your Madeira holidays, ensure you visit the traditional local markets, the tavernas, chic boutiques and, high end wine bars. Enjoy a mix of authenticity with a cosmopolitan outlook and couples with amazing beaches with holidays in Madeira.
Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and the second oldest capital in Europe. Lisbon holidays are in a vibrant city with fantastic traces of history. The key landmarks in Lisbon include the 16th century Jeronimos Monastery, the Gothic-Manueline masterpiece houses and the tombs of Vasco da Gama. When enjoying Lisbon holidays the best way to unwind away from the beaches and nightlife is to visit a local desert stores. Try the most famous desert of Portugal and visit the Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon for the delicious Nata’s (creamy custard tarts).
For those seeking the countryside ambience and fancy some wine tasting, Porto holidays are an amazing destination. For striking world heritage site with acres of vineyards, see Sao Francisco church with its cellars of Porto wine around the river. Porto holidays are a fairly new choice for holidaymakers. If you visit, witness some of the most beautiful whitewashed Portuguese houses and pebbled pathways in this authentic destination.
Emphasising on the most fascinating features of Portugal holidays is difficult as there are so many. One thing is for sure, without the Portuguese culture this holiday destination would not be as outstanding as it is.
During the summer holidays there are many events and festivals that retell the Portuguese roots, history and communities. The warm, lively adventurous locals are what bring Portuguese holidays alive. You often will hear live traditional Portuguese music on the pebble corner streets. Also colourful and vibrant art pieces are apparent throughout the destination.
It is for sure that seafood is mastered in Portugal. One of the Portuguese specialities is the freshly prepared sardines served right on the coastlines. Portugal holidays are a great choice for families, couples and friends. There is an abundance of hotels from luxury five star hotels, small family run boutiques, and villas across the beach areas. Whatever your preference, you will certainly fall in love with Portugal and its charming hospitality.
Portugal has dry summers and warm winters, so if you’re looking to get away, Portuguese holidays are an ideal choice all year round.
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