This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality. Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe.
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.
An increasingly popular European holiday destination, Portugal offers a diverse range of regions and tourist attractions. From vibrant culture and fascinating history to beautiful beaches and breathtaking countryside, Portugal has something to delight all who visit. Most tourists head straight for Lisbon, Portugal’s capital and a treasure-trove of delights. The Algarve, meanwhile, is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, while Porto is a quaint city of medieval alleyways, gorgeous churches and an increasingly exciting dining scene. To see Portugal at its prettiest, though, make your way to Sintra. Wherever you travel, be sure to choose a self-catering Portugal villa, apartment or other holiday rental. Not only will you save money compared to more expensive hotels, you’ll also live amongst the locals for a true taste of Portuguese life.
Things to see & do
Along the Algarve, the beach features at the centre of daily life along with water sports and water parks galore. Golf is also a popular choice on the Algarve coastline. For some culture, head to the Portuguese cities of Lisbon and Porto. Shopping is a popular pastime too with everything from up market shops in the cities to the local markets along the coastline best buys include lace and embroidered linens, ceramics, leather goods and handcrafted gold and silver jewellery. Take a hopon hopoff bus tour in Lisbon, where you can also visit Fatima, a popular place of pilgrimage in the Catholic world where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared. Enjoy a wine tour and discover how the local wines are made from harvesting the grape to bottling the end product.
There are many ways to enjoy on an evening out in Portugal with locals and visitors mingling at bars, nightclubs, theatres, concert halls and cinemas. Dont miss the traditional Fado, which is most popular in Lisbon and Coimbra, and can be heard in many restaurants and music venues late into the night. Along the Algarve coast, Albufeira has a lively nightlife with venues featuring everything from themed bars and clubs with games, DJs, drinks promotions and live acts to Jazz and Brazilian music bars.
Food & Drinks
Seafood is a tasty choice, especially in Lisbon and along the coast. Regional specialities include grilled meats and Bacalhau (dried cod) with Pastel de nata (custard tart) the national dessert. On the Algarve, British favourites of a cooked breakfast or Sunday roast feature on many a menu along with burgers, spaghetti and pizzas. International restaurants serving Chinese, Mexican, Indian and Italian fare put in an appearance too. The house wine (vinho da casa) in white (branco) and red (tinto) is always good value and you can also opt for vinho verde which is a young “green” wine, slightly sparkling, light and refreshing or ros Mateus ros being the best known.