Portugal Holidays

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Portugal - a land of sunshine

Portugal holidays are your gateway to a host of sun-kissed experiences, enchanting riverside cities and vibrant capitals brimming with culture. 

The country is blessed with a gorgeous climate, perfect for relaxing on the golden beaches that line its Algarve coast. 

But there is more to Portugal than sun, sea and sand. In Faro you can explore rich nature reserves and the city’s ancient Cidade Velha, home to atmospheric streets and Moorish-style architecture. 

The country’s capital, Lisbon, buzzes with life and there’s the chance to seek out famous landmarks such as the Belém Tower and 18th-century Queluz National Palace. 

Porto, the country’s second city, is home to acclaimed restaurants on the banks of the Douro river, while centuries of history and culture are waiting to be discovered within its cobblestoned alleys.  

Begin your adventure in this spectacular destination by browsing our Portugal holidays.

Things to do in Portugal

From medieval castles and sleepy villages to busy cities and glorious golden beaches, there’s always plenty to do on a holiday to Portugal.

Discover the Portuguese capital 

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is a place made for exciting experiences. Take a trip up steep, cobblestone streets on one of the city’s charming, old-style trams.

Visit the Estrela Basilica, an 18th-century church with a spectacular dome. 

Head to the National Museum of Ancient Art and see work by the likes of Bosch, Tiepolo and Sequeira. Afterwards, check out the views from Sao Jorge Castle. 

Parts of this hilltop castle are over 1,200 years old and it’s a place that has served as a military barracks, royal residence and more recently, the city museum.  

Where to stay in Portugal

Heart of the action 

Many people choose to stay in the Baixa district when visiting Lisbon. This area is packed with restaurants and shops and is handily placed for some of the capital’s main tourist attractions as well as the vibrant Cais do Sodre neighbourhood.

Good accommodation options here include the five-star Avenida  Palace, which is less than a mile from Lisbon Cathedral.

Delights of Porto

Porto is an excellent location for a holiday in Portugal. Staying in the heart of the city by the Douro River gives you easy access to shops, tourist attractions and restaurants.

Top accommodation choices include the five-star Pestana Porto, which is a 10-minute walk from Bolhao Market, and the four-star Porto Royal Bridges Hotel, where the amenities include a restaurant, coffee shop and bar.

An Algarve base

Faro is packed with great places for a luxury holiday in Portugal. Take a look at the four-star Hotel Faro & Beach Club, which has an outdoor pool and on-site spa services.

For an extra touch of luxury, head west along the coast and check in at the five-star Pine Cliffs Hotel.

It has indoor and outdoor pools, shops, a hair salon and more than 200 air-conditioned rooms.

All you need to know about Portugal

Local currency

The euro (EUR) is the currency of Portugal. ATMs are widely available and most shops and restaurants will accept debit and credit cards. 

Getting around

Taxis are probably the most convenient way to get around the cities, while bus and train services, along with car hire options, are also available.

Languages spoken

Portuguese is the official language of Portugal. Visitors will find that English is widely spoken, particularly in the country’s main tourist areas.

Public holidays

Key dates in the Portuguese calendar include Liberty Day (25 April), Portugal Day (10 June), Republic Day (5 October) and Independence Day (1 December).

More about Portugal

Local cuisine

Portugal holidays deliver a feast of delights for food lovers. The first local delicacy you should sample is a platter of freshly grilled sardines, or sardinhas assadas. Another must-try is acorda, a broth-type dish made with thinly cut bread, garlic and poached eggs. 

Pastel del Nata, delicious custard tarts, can be found at most food markets and bakeries.  

Cozido a portuguesa is made from slow-boiled meats, smoked sausages and vegetables. The seafood stew known as caldeirada is always a tasty treat.  

Music and arts 

Portugal is a melting pot of many different cultural influences. Fado music plays an important part in life here, along with folk dance styles such as bailarico and corridinho. 

Literary figures who loom large in the national story include Luís de Camoes, a 16th-century poet with a flair for language to rival that of Shakespeare and Virgil. You can visit his tomb at Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. 

You’ll find that the country’s people are warm and friendly and always ready for a chat over a drink and a snack. 

One likely topic of conversation is football, which is hugely popular thanks to the exploits of clubs like Benfica and Porto. 

History

Portugal has a history that stretches back tens of thousands of years. The Romans, Greeks, Celts, Phoenicians and Carthaginians all had a presence on the Iberian Peninsula at one time. 

Portugal became a major European power in the 15th and 16th centuries. 

The achievements of explorers like Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias during the same period are commemorated by the Padrao dos Descobrimentos – or ‘Monument to the Discoveries’ – in Lisbon. 

Why we love Portugal 

“Portugal has something for everyone. Lisbon and Porto are full of life, culture and energy while the Algarve’s beaches are perfect for a sunshine-filled break.”

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