With pleasant winters and sun-drenched summers, Portugal is the ultimate year-round destination. From its sandy beaches, excellent golf courses, delicious cuisine to its friendly locals, you will fall in love with Portugal.
With 800 kilometres of glorious coastline, you’ll always have the chance to soak up the cinematic scenery, gaze over cliffs and surf stunning waves. Whether its dolphin watching on the Sado Estuary, kayaking along the Rio Guadiana or memorable walks and bike rides all across the countryside, there is so much to love about Portugal.
But you won’t just get pretty beaches on your holiday to Portugal, you’ll also get your fair share of culture. Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians – all have left their stamp on this Iberian nation.
Take a trip to Lisbon and you’ll get it all. The sleek capital city of Portugal has the Mediterranean climate that you came for. There’s also some unmissable architecture like the UNESCO World Heritage, protected site of the Torre de Belem. The best way to explore the city is by foot, so when your feet get tired exploring, take time out to relax on one of Lisbon’s many Blue Flag beaches or end your day at one of its stylish bars.
If you’re a bit of beach bum you’ll love the Algarve. With miles of golden beaches, top restaurants, water activities and hidden coves it’s somewhere the whole family will love. If you’re up for the challenge, head to the easternmost part of the Algarve. Cycle or walk up to the Guadiana Grande Randonnée that links Vila Real de Santo António to Alcoutim. At 65-kilometre long, the Grande Rota do Guadiana will take you through the Algarve's three distinct types of landscape: the uplands, the Barrocal and the coast.
Outdoor activities in Portugal
If you’ve had your fair share of sand, get outdoors and explore the lush, green mountains of the Island of Madeira or take it up a level and hike amongst the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês.
If golf is your game then you’ve come to the right place! Portugal has around 60 excellent professional courses throughout the country.
It would be rude not to indulge in a few glasses of the red stuff, so why not enjoy a relaxing wine tour in wine country, Porto. You’ll need to stretch your legs once you’ve tasted the famous fortified wine, so take a stroll around Porto’s picture-perfect towns and villages to get a flavour of the region’s history. On your dander, check out Porto’s historical centre which has been awarded a World Heritage status by UNESCO.
Whether you’re looking for a beach holiday or a short city break, Portugal will give you a holiday to remember.