Portugal holiday guide

Portugal holidays are simply full of things to keep you entertained during your stay and whether you’re seeking a relaxing break or an action packed adventure, you will find something that appeals.

Portugal holidays by the beach

Portugal holidays are extremely popular with tourists seeking some of Europe’s best beaches. The warm climate and luxurious coastline makes Portugal an ideal location to relax in the sun.

The Algarve boasts some of the world’s most impressive beaches and is ideal for a relaxing beach break. The 200km stretch of coastline provides beaches with seemingly endless stretches of sand and smaller, more intimate, coves for sun seekers to enjoy.

Portugal holidays with things to see and do

While the beaches may be the main attraction for the majority who choose to holiday in Portugal, there are still plenty of things for the intrepid explorer to see and do during their stay.

The Algarve boasts not only stunning beaches but equally attractive countryside and visitors may choose to hire a car in order to discover the delights of this picturesque region. The Algarve has a large number of lighthouses, including the Cabo de São Vicente (one of Europe’s largest), which has been in operation since 1846 and houses a small museum.

Portugal holidays that bring you closer to nature

The Ria Formosa National Park spans 60 kilometres along the coast and is a must see if you’re planning a day away from the beach during your stay. With a diverse range of fauna and flora, this wetland provides a stopping ground for hundreds of species of bird throughout the year, including flamingos, and is great for families looking for something a little different.

Portugal holidays for thrill seekers

The Algarve is also home to one of the country’s largest water parks, which provides fun for all the family. Aquapark houses the daunting 95m ‘Kamikaze’ water slide, making this popular tourist attraction ideal for adults and children alike. Tourists who fancy something a little less exhilarating may take a trip to Zoomarine, where visitors can watch presentations with dolphins, sea lions and seals.

Events and festivals in Portugal

Portugal holidays provide opportunities to enjoy and discover more about the local culture. A great way to discover a little more about the Portuguese way of life is to visit during one of the many festivals and events which take place throughout the year, especially in the summer months.

The Algarve is home to the Fiesa, an international sand sculpture festival, which is the largest of its type in the world. Every year sculptors from across the globe make the trip to Portugal to demonstrate the art of sand sculpture and this unique event is well worth checking out if you’re on holiday in Portugal between April and June.

There are many other festivals and carnivals for visitors to enjoy, including the Festival de Gastronomia Serrana (a food festival where local cuisine is celebrated), the Loulé Carnaval (a three day festival held in late February/early March with street parties and various floats) and the Festival Internacional de Música do Algarve (an international music festival held between April and June).

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