Portugal

There is one thing you will get on holiday in Portugal – variety. There is something for everyone! From beaches to golfing trips, relaxing on stunning islands to action-packed water sports, you will be spoilt for choice!

Algarve

Encircled by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve sits in the south of Portugal and is a hotspot for fabulous sandy beaches. Take a trip to one of the many golf courses on offer, or go dolphin watching – the possibilities are endless in the Algarve!

Beaches

The resort of Albufeira is home to no less than 25 incredible, golden beaches. The resort is one of the liveliest in Portugal and has an abundance of bars and discos to choose from. There are also summer concerts to enjoy, or take part in the famous bar crawls!

Relax

Looking for something more sedate? Then consider a trip to relaxing Vilamoura. Dine by the marina and watch the sun go down with a cocktail. Sheer bliss.

Luxury

If you are looking for luxury, the Algarve won’t disappoint. You could even hire a VIP ‘nomad’ bed on the trendy Puro Beach. For those looking for a glimpse of the traditional Algarve, then head to Carvoeiro to experience the delights of its sheltered coves and charming fishing boats. This resort is also perfect for families as it is home to the Krazy World Zoo and Zoomarine Sealife Park!

Incredible nightlife

Praia da Rocha is another resort famed for its nightlife and fantastic beach – enhanced by an incredible coastline!

Something for everyone

Portugal’s Algarve is one Britain’s favourite holiday destinations and it’s not difficult to understand why. With sandy beaches, rocky coves and a reputation for all things sporty, it’s a natural choice for groups, families or couples.

Sunseekers, food lovers and wine buffs

Sun seekers can head to Lagos’ Praia da Marinha is known as the Golden Beach and it boasts clear waters and dramatic cliffs. The Ilha de Tavira is another great sandy spot, and you can easily catch a boat out to this island. For food lovers, there is Portimão, which is famous for its famous sardines, or head to Sagres to find upmarket restaurants overlooking the marina and enjoy a romantic seafood dinner. Wine buffs – head to Sir Cliff Richard’s award-winning wine business here in Guia, which you can visit. Fans of the Bachelor Boy may notice that the town has named a street after him!

Families

There are several waterparks to choose from, including Aqualand, Atlantic Park and Zoomarine. If you want to hit the open waves then the water is warm all year round, and Ericeira is popular for surfing or bodyboarding.

Weather

Portugal is a small country, with a large range of weather conditions. The country can be climatically split up into 3 main regions: the north, the south and the islands. However, all coastal regions see a variation of the Mediterranean climate type.

On the whole, the north has cooler temperatures than the south and sees significantly more rainfall. As you head east toward the Spanish border, winters become longer and summers hotter as the land as affected by the moderating Atlantic winds.

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