"From the white sands and sapphire blue waters around the Algarve coast to the thriving cities of Porto and Lisbon, there’s plenty to fall in love with"
Home to the much loved Algarve, a range of dynamic and beautiful cities and breathtaking landscapes, Portugal is a favourite holiday destination and its little wonder why. From the white sands and sapphire blue waters around the Algarve coast to the thriving cities of Porto and Lisbon, there’s plenty to fall in love with. Let’s not forget the stunning island of Madeira that can be found in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean – Portugal holidays are diverse yet always stunningly beautiful.
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.
Where is Portugal?
A European Hotspot
With a myriad of places to see and explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice for accommodation choices on your holidays. 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.
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.
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.
Portugal Beach Holidays
Because of their unspoilt, natural beauty, Portugal boats an impressive selection of picture perfect beaches including Santa Cruz, Praia da Adraga, Foz do Lizandro, Ericeira and Azenhas do Mar. Here you’ll find protected waters surrounded by majestic cliffs- the perfect sun traps to relax on the sand or take a dip in the crystal clear water.
Whether you’re a sun worshipper or more of an active beach sports type, there’s something for everybody on a beach holiday to Portugal. The stunning Oeiras beach just south of Lisbon is a place worth visiting to top up your tan, while the Costa Azul offers adventurous types a coastal tour via horseback.
Portugal is a watersports fan’s paradise, with a mix of activities all around the coast. To the north, the area around Palmeira is popular for fishing, surfing and windsurfing due to its rougher seas, while the Algarve is the ideal calmer spot for swimming or waterskiing on your perfect Portugal break.
With so many popular resorts to choose from, there’s something to suit every holiday budget. The Grand Real Santa Eulalia and Spa in Albufeira offers all out luxury with amazing views overlooking the beach, while the Rio apartments in Vilamoura allow you versatility on a budget.
Portugal Couples Holidays
The Algarve resorts of Lagos, Praia d’Ora and Albufeira offer the best in beaches no matter what your holiday budget. The country’s southernmost strip boasts the best in the sun factor, while its unpolluted, cool waters are an unbeatable place to take a dip before exploring a mix of beachside bars and restaurants.
While Portugal’s mix of bustling nightlife has something to offer every party animal, on a couples holiday you may like to try a romantic dinner followed by a renowned trip to the theatre. With a historical background of famous playwrights including Gil Vicente, we recommend visiting a local restaurant for the best in traditional cuisine, followed by a trip to Porto or Lisbon to catch a performance.
The medieval St George’s castle stands proudly slap bang on the highest hill in the centre of Lisbon, and has been historically occupied by humans since the sixth Century BC. An ideal way to spend an afternoon, take a stroll around the area’s impressive architecture to get a feel of the real Portugal.
There’s lots to do and see on your Portugal holiday, including a lot of world-renowned wines to be tasted! There’s a wide range of indigenous grape varieties still locally grown, and a vineyard tour in Madeira is the best way to experience them. Finish a long day of wine with a romantic horse drawn carriage, available in all resorts for a perfect sunset view.
Portugal Family Holidays
The Lisbon Oceanarium provides something for all the family on your Portugal holiday, the kids will love wandering through its vast aqua exhibitions while you will enjoy learning about how decisions we make in our daily lives can actively promote nature conservation. Continuing on a watery adventure, the Amarante water park contains an impressive mix of pools, slides and toboggans suited to all the family’s tastes.
There’s a big mix of family holiday deals available, so the best place to start is booking your perfect hotel. There’s a mix of all out luxury like the Hotel Jupiter, in family friendly Praia Da Rocha, or a budget family deal in the cheerful Hotel Atismar in sunny Quarteira.
Things To Do
There are tons of fun things to do in Portugal for both kids and adults, including the Interactive Science Museum in Lisbon, which features a range of simulators and lively exhibitions that everybody will enjoy. For a fun day out, bikes can be hired from many resorts, and a shopping trip is second to none for souvenirs.
In all resorts there’s a wide range of restaurants to suit everybody’s tastes. From award winning fresh seafood in Madeira to the best in Italian, Chinese and American in Porto, you’ll find an extensive mix on your Portugal holiday.
Portugal Group Holidays
Portugal has long been renowned as a great holiday destination for the best in European sizzling nightlife. Albufeira offers a wide selection of lively bars and clubs, while bustling Porto offers a selection of live music venues with something to suit everybody.
Things to do
If you’re part of an adventurous group looking for a busy schedule of activities, then Portugal has it all. Golfers find paradise all along the Algarve coastline, while horse riding in the Costa Azul is second to none. Madeira and the Azores also boast unique wildlife with breathtaking views for hikers or walkers.
The dare devils in your group will certainly be well catered for on a holiday to Portugal. The country has an excellent reputation for Algarve rock climbing and abseiling, while white water rafting trips on the Minho and Paiva rivers offer an unbeatable experience. Many resorts offer popular skydiving excursions.