Portugal Holidays 2021
Portugal is jam-packed with cultural diversity and spectacular beauty. An eclectic mix of dramatic scenery and beautiful seaside spots have been attracting summertime holidaymakers for decades.
What type of holiday does Portugal offer?
Portugal is great for a relaxed beach break, with destinations like the Algarve and Madeira being favourites among holidaymakers. The beaches are stunning, and range from bustling hotspots with restaurants abound, to quiet bays inhabited mostly by locals.
It’s a surfer’s paradise, particular areas like Sagres and Lagos, where you’ll find a number of surf themed hostels, shops and bars.
Portugal is great for:
- Family holidays - Portugal offers ample opportunity to get a good package deal for your summer getaway. Top tips for an all inclusive beach break include Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa and Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort.
- Beach holidays - Portugal is a great destination for a last minute beach holiday, particularly the Algarve, where you will find waterparks, boat cruises and surf lessons.
- Cheap holidays - Portugal’s accommodation options range from 5 star resorts to family run hotels, so you can find something to suit any preference or budget.
Why book Portugal holidays
Top attractions to visit
The Alfama, the medieval town of Évora, the Alto Douro wine country, Oceanário de Lisboa
Discover the best beaches
Fully relax upon the Algarve's many golden beaches
Explore the city
Stroll down the cobbled streets & sample the delicious bacalhau in Lisbon
Sample the local food
Top foodie destination - from mouthwatering seafood to silky, creamy pastries
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Visit the fairytale-like village of Sintra with its stunning palace
Must-visit historical sites
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Castelo de São Jorge, Torre de Belém
The sparkling Atlantic surrounds this renowned beach destination on two sides. Holidays in the Algarve put you in the heart …From £90 per person
Sunny Madeira is often voted among the world’s best island destinations. Holidays in Madeira take place on a gorgeous backdrop …From £146 per person
Portugal’s capital city is a hotbed of history, sightseeing and, of course, those famous custard tarts. With the Atlantic Ocean …From £152 per person
For a 2022 holiday that offers a wealth of European culture, alongside beautiful scenery and long sandy beaches, it has to …From £128 per person
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Top resorts in Portugal
Forget moderation, because Albufeira is a holiday destination that has it all. Pack your bags for one of Portugal’s most …From £91 per person
From the quaint historic town to awe-inspiring natural beauty, holidays in Funchal are an irresistible blend of dramatic and delightful. An …From £146 per person
Rest assured, there’s a whole lot more to the Algarve than just amazing surf spots, historically-fascinating Roman artefacts/remains, countless stunning …From £90 per person
One of the most prestigious resorts on the Algarve coast, Vilamoura is home to luxury hotels, championship golf courses and …From £103 per person
Praia da Rocha
Nestled just five minutes away from central Portimao, Praia da Rocha enjoys a well-earned reputation for having one of the …From £93 per person
With visible roots as a sleepy fishing village, Carvoeiro is now a desirable holiday resort just 5km to the south …From £111 per person
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Things to do in Portugal
Golf holidays in Portugal:
The Algarve is the best region for a golfing holiday. Enjoy resorts like Vilamoura, Lagos or Tavira. You can also enjoy luxurious golf courses along the Lisbon Coast as well as Madeira. There are plenty of hotels to choose from where you can enjoy your favourite sport. Choose from the Penina Golf Resort, the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort or As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa.
Surf holidays in Portugal:
Portugal has long been a surfer’s paradise with huge waves rolling into its sandy shores. The whole country’s coastline is perfect for the sport including resorts like Porto, Cascais, Alentejo and Sagres. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find a beach which is just right for your skillset and even a surf school where you can learn.
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.
Many of the towns in the Algarve still retain their old-world Portuguese charm - even Albufeira, the most bustling resort town in the Algarve, has its own charming old town.
Things to do in Lisbon & the Algarve
Things to do in Lisbon:
- Belém Tower – One of the city’s most significant sights, you’ll be able to witness wonderful views from this point.
- Alfama – This famed area of Lisbon is best-known for its hilly streets and also being the oldest district in the Portuguese capital. You’ll find Lisbon’s famous trams in the area too.
- Jerónimos Monastery – This Gothic piece of architecture is a stunning sight to see. What can you expect inside? Fascinating museums and archaeology!
Things to do in the Algarve:
- Zoomarine Algarve – Have fun on the waterslides and the swimming pools whilst also catching a glimpse at the dolphin or seal shows.
- Benagil – This small village right on the coast is home to some of the most unique rock formations you’ll ever come across, including its famous cave.
- Castle of Silves – A Moorish castle which has a number of towers. As well as its historical significance, there are amazing views to be had here.
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Your Portugal questions answered
Not really. Portugal is one of the most budget-friendly destinations in Western Europe. There are regular cheap flights from the UK to various resorts in Portugal. Plus, once here, food and drink is pretty cheap too!
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