Portugal, on Europe’s western edge, makes an ideal holiday destination – whether visiting its vibrant capital, Lisbon, and some of Europe’s best nightclubs, or its sun-drenched southern coast, the Algarve, famed for its soft, sandy beaches. Portugal is also a country steeped in history and culture, from the palaces of the north, the medieval relics of Lisbon to the Moorish architecture of the south.
Visitors can take a cruise through the spectacular scenery of the Douro valley in the north, past vineyards and unspoilt villages or get away from it all on the island of Madeira, famed for its natural beauty and flowers. A holiday in Portugal provides many choices. It’s just as possible to see the country from a sun lounger on the beach as it is from the saddle of a horse or a mountain bike whilst travelling through the rugged inland landscape – or experience centuries of culture in the animated city of Lisbon, one of Europe’s most alluring capitals.
Portugal is ideal for an active holiday and offers many possibilities to enjoy water sports such as surfing, windsurfing or scuba diving. It is also immensely popular with golfers, who can exercise their putting strokes on championship courses.
Portugal is one of the warmest European countries, particularly in the south and has a near-perfect climate, with long summers and relatively warm winters. Those seeking a more active holiday tend to opt for spring and autumn, while true sun-seekers enjoy the hot weather of high summer.
Who visits Portugal?
Anyone who likes sun can appreciate Portugal. Sporty types enjoy the many activities Portugal has to offer, while families can look forward to friendly locals and miles of sand, and singles and couples can enjoy lively beaches and buzzing nightlife.
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