There's an idyllic Portuguese holiday paradise to suit everyone. As you unwind on a beautiful beach or pause for a lunch of grilled sardines in a tranquil village, you might wonder why the great Portuguese explorers ever wanted to leave this enchanting and diverse country in search of faraway lands.
Things to do
With some of Europe's finest golf courses, historical sites and a culture of colourful local festivals, the list of Portugal’s attractions is vast; and it doesn't end here. Madeira sits off the coast, adding dramatic scenery, watersports, plus gardens and valleys filled with colourful flowers, to the holiday equation. The Algarve has been a popular holiday destination for years, but there’s a still lot to discover in its charming little villages and Moorish ruins. Bask in the radiant sunshine on one of the Algarve’s golden beaches before stopping in a" "marisqueira" for a plate of freshly grilled prawns and a glass of ice-cold beer.
Places to stay
With its vast, sandy beaches and kid-friendly attractions, it’s no wonder that Albufeira is the most popular resort in the Algarve. Almost 15km west of Albufeira is Armacao de Pera, a lively area with a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants and a quaint little old town. Slightly further afield is Lagos, an ancient fishing village with a modern marina and a palm-tree-lined promenade. Funchal is the biggest city on the island of Madeira. Picture cobbled streets lined with traditional restaurants and charming little shops and galleries. Just 6km east of Funchal is Caniço de Baixo, a tranquil hillside village overlooking the ocean.
What should I pack?
Portugal’s Mediterranean climate means hot, sunny summer days and cool winters, but the weather rarely gets too cold, unless you’re visiting the mountains where there can be snow.
For summer trips to Portugal, make sure you pack plenty of sun cream, a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun’s rays. You’ll also need your swimwear if you’re planning on spending time at the beach or by the pool, as well as something to cover up with if you decide to go sightseeing or visit a restaurant for lunch.
Pack plenty of light, cool clothes for summer breaks, but don’t forget a light jacket or extra layer for cooler evenings or rainy days. With cooler temperatures in autumn and winter, trousers or jeans are ideal for sightseeing and shopping. Comfortable shoes are also a must for exploring, with a pair of sandals or flip-flops for the beach.
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