Sunny Portugal Holidays
Captivating cities, medieval architecture and glorious sand-swept beaches – holidays to Portugal are jam-packed with cultural diversity and spectacular beauty. An eclectic mix of dramatic scenery and beautiful seaside spots have been attracting holidaymakers to Portugal for decades. Boasting year-round sunshine, this is the ideal destination to take your next holiday – whether you’re embarking on a romantic trip away or a fun-filled family break. Discover the Algarve’s best kept secrets in the form of idyllic fishing villages offering quiet retreats or stroll along the promenade of picturesque towns – whatever adventures you choose to follow on your Portugal holidays, you’ll discover new experiences and a wealth of things to do.
Top Hotels in Portugal
Paraiso de Albufeira Aparthotel
Clube Praia Da Rocha
Praia da Rocha, Algarve
Alfamar Villas - Algarve Gardens Apartments
Auramar Beach Resort
Terrace Club (ex Key Club Holidays)
Armacao De Pera, Algarve
At a Glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Portuguese
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 3h 5m
When to go
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There are plenty of water parks located in and around the coastal resorts; head to the Aqualand water park near Lagos and let the kids run wild. Portugal is well known for its fantastic golf courses, especially the Algarve. What better way to improve your handicap than playing in stunning surroundings and glorious weather? Take the kids to the Zoomarine in Albufeira where they can see a dolphin show and a sea lion show as well.
Why not take a river cruise in Porto, a city steeped in history, here you will be able to visit a Port wine lodge and the beautiful churches set in stunning scenery. Why not head to the Loule Market in Faro and hunt for some souvenirs and crafts. The market is a tourist hot bed due to its lively atmosphere and market stalls.
Wine and Dine
As you’d rightly expect, Portugal’s cuisine is a traditional feast of sun-ripened fresh vegetables and catch of the day fish. Meat features in the form of rich stews and casseroles. Salted cod is a bit of a delicacy, but it can be an acquired taste! For something out of this world, seek out a wild boar ragu or a hunk of crisp spit-roasted pig. Sardines fresh from the fishermen’s nets are another highlight.
Portugal also makes a wide variety of wine, as well as the famous Port and Madeira. It’d be rude not to sample a glass of each of these, but you should also sup a bottle or two of some local Portuguese wines. Reds from the Douro and Dão regions, and whites from Alentejo and Minho and particularly worth looking out for. Local beers include Super Bock and Sagres.
Fancying a family holiday in the sunshine, but after something a little more exotic than Spain’s sunny shores? Why not just hop over the border and into Portugal? There’s a whole host of activities, restaurants, places to see, and family-friendly accommodation that will keep every age group happy.
Blue Flag beaches dot the Portuguese coastline, and there are plenty of water parks to treat the kids to: Aqualand, Slide and Splash, and Aquashow are three of the best. For slightly older children, a boat trip to the stunning Azores - Sao Miguel being the largest.
Action and Adventure
Holidays to Portugal welcome you to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Revel in its glorious beaches, explore its crystal clear waters or explore its vast landscapes. The island of Madeira is a holiday hotspot for many, and boasts a unique blend of vibrant flora and fauna and dainty cobbled streets leading to elegant mansions and striking architecture. Of course, with all this spectacular scenery on display, it would be a shame not to explore this picturesque country.
Whether you want to wander the well-worn paths of Portugal by foot or discover its rocky trails on a mountain bike, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to traverse the area. With its clear waters and vast marine life, it is no surprise that Portugal is a favourite among divers. Zip yourself into your wetsuit and head deep beneath the sea for an underwater adventure crammed full of colourful fish and stunning reefs.
Life's a Beach
For guaranteed sunshine on the beaches head to the Algarve. Many of the beaches in the Algarve are lined with bars and cafés so you are never far away from a refreshing drink or bite to eat in the sun. The capital city of Portugal Lisbon has many beaches scattered along the coastline, here you can try plenty of water sports. Have guaranteed fun by trying windsurfing, canoeing and kite surfing!
With a myriad of places to see and explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice for accommodation choices. You’ll find something at the lively resort of Albufeira no matter what age you are, with its various sandy beaches and sizzling nightlife. If you’d like to sample a slice of island life, head straight to Porto Santo. This small island boasts a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean and miles of sandy beaches to explore. If you’d rather a dose of adventure on your holidays to Portugal, you’ll find a wealth of water sports on Portugal’s shoreline. Whether you fancy a spot of surfing or hopping on a jet-ski, you’ll find some great high-octane adventures in vibrant Praia de Rocha.
The cultural capital of Lisbon is the perfect destination for a fun night on your Portugal holiday, with plenty of bars and clubs lining the cobbled roads you are sure to have a great night out.
Kadok near Vilamoura and Locomia near Albufeira provide great nights out with regular themes such as foam parties and glow parties running through the summer.
For a quieter night out with family and friends head to the beautiful town of Alvor, walk along the beach promenade and take your pick from the seafood restaurants and tuck into some delicious food.
Calling all couples! Portugal is a holiday haven for holidays a deux. Whether you want to sun yourselves happy on the beach, or explore volcanoes and wander cities to your hearts’ content. Madeira is a charming island to explore, home of the delicious so-named wine, and bedecked in flowers, it’s no surprise Madeira is nicknamed the Floating Garden.
Inject a dose of culture into your Portugal holidays by staying in the beautiful cosmopolitan city of Lisbon. Discover numerous historic sites and old districts harbouring a wealth of history or explore the ruins of the Royal Palace and enjoy fabulous views of the city. Portugal itself is packed full of UNESCO heritage sites – from grand gothic-style monasteries to stunning natural beauty spots. For a cultural trip with a twist, head to the Alto Douro Wine Region, the traditional home of port wine –an ideal souvenir for any budding wine connoisseur.
Top Portugal holiday destinations
If you're unsure of where to go on holiday in Portugal, check out some of our most popular destinations: