Holidays to Portugal line up Blue Flag beaches, sophisticated cities, and picturesque islands.
Where is Portugal?
Portugal is part of the Iberian peninsula in south-west Europe, next to Spain. Its long, rugged coast borders the Atlantic Ocean.
From north to south
Portugal may be small compared to its Spanish neighbour, but it packs in a whole lot of variety. Think charming cobbled cities, sandy beaches, family-friendly hotels and delicious food and drink. There are also two island groups off its coastline – Madeira and the Azores.
The islands have their own cultures and traditions. Madeira
draws visitors in every season. It’s warm year-round, and its natural beauty offers brilliant hiking trails, botanical gardens and dolphin-watching. Its sweet wine is a hit – visit the capital, Funchal
, to sample some. Nearby Porto Santo
is a little more off the beaten track offering lots of sandy coves and a 27-hole golf course.
If it’s a beach holiday you’re after, head south to the Algarve
. This region takes up most of the country’s south coast. One classic Algarve destination is Albufeira
, an internationally famous resort with Blue Flag beaches and a bunch of great bars. For a low-key time, you’ll find quiet fishing villages, where life is still lived at a slow pace. And wherever you are, it’s never far to the nearest golf course.