If you’re looking for a slice of action, combine a coastal escape with a stay in the lively Lisbon. Home to a wealth of historic sites, restaurants and bars, there’s no better place to experience the local way of life. For a more laid-back destination, visit the island of Madeira, where you’ll find stunning natural beauty and quiet pebbled beaches that make a peaceful setting to escape to.
When it comes to a true island getaway, Madeira fits the bill. Home to a small but buzzing capital, Funchal, it is a fantastic place to get the best of both worlds. Take a seat in one of the locally run restaurants and tuck into some top-notch Portuguese cuisine, enjoy a laid-back drink in one of the bars, or just spend time catching the rays at the nearby beach. The coastline is also a fantastic place to try your hand at some water sports, including jet-skiing, sailing and surfing.
If you’re interested in golf then you’ll be spoilt for choice on a holiday to Portugal, as the country is home to 14 of Europe’s top 100 golf courses. Whether you already know your way around the course or are a complete beginner, Portugal is a great place to practice teeing off. The nightlife here will also hit the spot, whether you’re after a few laid-back cocktails on the beach or up for a night in one of the trendy bars and clubs.
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.
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 lot’s 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.
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.
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 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.
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.