Portugal is just a three hour flight from the UK, and with 300 days of sun per year, has plenty to offer all sorts of holidaymakers from Europe and beyond. For city breaks or longer stays, many flock to the capital, Lisbon, or Porto, both of which offer history and culture in spades.
If your ideal holiday is more bucket-and-spade, then the Algarve is the most popular part of the country. Its golf courses are well-known and highly regarded among those who come to perfect their swing, while small, hidden coves and long stretches of golden sands satisfy those who come in search of fun in the sun. The coastline is backed by rugged, rocky scenery that also adds a sense of drama to your Portuguese escape too. Whether you want to stay in a peaceful former fishing village or a bustling, contemporary resort, lots of the beach hotels in Portugal are to be found on the Algarve.
Then there’s the nearby island of Madeira to discover. The capital, Funchal, combines old and new to charming effect, meaning you can explore ancient relics and dine in a traditional taverna, or shop the stylish boutiques then sip a cocktail in a sophisticated bar. The island’s Botanic Gardens have also earned the island the ‘Floating Garden’ moniker.
Portuguese food has bank making waves on the culinary scene for some time now, thanks in part to a popular chicken restaurant serving up piri piri and other specialities. Otherwise, menus tend to lean towards typical Mediterranean, featuring cheeses, olives and cured meats such as Portuguese chorizo. The freshest fish and seafood are also expertly prepared and very popular with locals and tourists alike. To finish, or for a snack at elevenses, Portugal’s pastel de nata, the ubiquitous egg custard tarts, are a must.
Portugal hotels encompass a whole range of accommodation options, whether you are planning a solo, couple, family or group holiday. Young single travellers who come to explore the country might want to book into one of the cheap hotels in Portugal, often locally run establishments that provide a warm welcome and clean, comfortable rooms. For those after something a little more upmarket, then a range of 5 star hotels in Portugal can up the level of creature comfort and supply everything you need for an indulgent stay.
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