Portugal is one of Europe’s favourite holiday destinations – great weather guaranteed most of the year, with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine. The golden beaches are one of the main reasons to go, and if sunning yourself and having a chilled-out family holiday is your aim, you won’t be disappointed. And, as you may have heard, Portugal has some of the best golf courses in Europe, so if that’s your game you’re in for a treat. With cities brimming with culture, national parks and some rather good wine and seafood, it has a lot going for it.
If you don’t long for more than a golden, sandy beach to relax on, you’re in luck. There are more than 800 kilometres of them, and the renowned resorts of Portugal’s Algarve region in the south is where you should be heading. Blessed with sunshine, the season is long and you can enjoy a beach holiday here well into the autumn. The golf courses are superb, and if you like active holidays there’s horse riding, watersports, tennis and boating to enjoy, as well as family-friendly attractions from water parks to boat trips. Alongside the bustling resorts there are quaint fishing villages with delicious culinary offerings – the country is said to have a method for cooking cod for every day of the year. Find a beachside restaurant, take a table by the sea and try the local catch of the day against the cooling Atlantic breezes.
If you’re craving a city break, the capital, Lisbon, is cosmopolitan yet full of rich culture and is very easy to get around. Hop on one of the vintage yellow trams and explore the steep streets. Head to Chiado for shopping and theatre, while the Bairro Alto district offers an urban cool vibe, perfect for downing cocktails in stylish bars in the evenings. Porto, after which Portugal is named, is where you can discover museums and fantastic architecture and, of course, every type of port wine under the sun. After some countryside scenes? From Porto, head into the Douro Valley, which is on the hot list for wine adventures. It’s a picturesque area where rolling hills meet castles and rural churches for a very authentic taste of Portugal.
And should you wish to take home a souvenir, typical Portuguese items include traditional basketware, carved cork wood, ceramics, filigree gold jewellery and lace – so it’s easy to find something to fill your suitcase!
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