Portugal, once the best-kept secret on the Iberian Peninsula, is now one of the UK’s most popular places to holiday. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why Portugal is popular, but don’t worry, it’s easy to enjoy the hustle and bustles and get away from it all in this versatile destination.
Find out all about Portugal holidays so you can plan your dream holiday in this wonderful country.
Exploring the landscape
If you really want to get to grips with Portugal’s dramatic landscapes then visit the Parque Nacional Da Peneda-Geres.
The park, which is more than 700 sq-km, stretches across gigantic granite massifs and encompasses lush pine and oak forests, mountainous peaks, valleys and acres of moorland.
Within the park are over one hundred granite villages, which are still lived in and the park help to preserve both the landscape and the villager’s way of life.
You can book a guided tour in the park quite reasonably but organize a few days in advance to avoid disappointment.
Exploring the back streets and winding alleyways of Lisbon is one of life’s great pleasures.
There’s a new delight around each corner and a cornucopia of artisan objects of delight to buy.
The city perfectly blends ancient and modern with its cosmopolitan center surrounded by medieval fortresses.
Take a trip on a tram through the tree lines streets and stop off for traditional Portuguese fare at one of the countless restaurants.
Lisbon’s nightlife has something for everyone from theatre and cultural performances to cooler than cool nightclubs.
Every night in Lisbon should end with a stroll along the historic coastline, which will take you back in time to a more glamorous era.
You can choose from a range of Portuguese beach resorts to suit all tastes and budgets.
If you are going all out book a stay at the Martinhal beach resort near Sagres.
Overlooking the stunning Martinhal beach the resort boasts all-inclusive five-star luxury, beachfront activities and a range of spa treatments.
If you’re holidaying with the family there are lots of family-friendly hotels that include kid’s pools and activities to keep your brood happy.
Albufeira is a good choice for families with a range of reasonably priced places to stay, great beaches and the excitement of city life too.
The main resort can get crowded and is a little overuse with shops, bars, and restaurants designed to please British tourists.
If you want to get away from the fish and chips then go to the old town, which has lots of interesting architecture, boutiques and bistros to explore.
If you love water sports then choose a hotel in Alvor.
This bustling port town has fantastic beaches and lots of sites to see, but it’s the extensive selection of water sports on offer that attracts many visitors to the coastal town.
Choose windsurfing, scuba diving or kayaking and spend your entire holiday getting wet and wild.
When it’s time to come out of the water you’ll find plenty of bars and family-friendly restaurants to choose from.
You can find a lot of specialists in all-inclusive holidays, whether you are looking for a luxury summer holiday or a ski holiday in the mountains.
A lot of resorts are fantastic for that family holiday, or even just a last-minute holiday by yourself.