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.

Beautiful beaches

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.

At a Glance

  • Hop around the Algarve’s beaches
  • Practise your swing on Porto Santo
  • Whizz down Madeira’s streets in a wicker basket

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