Portugal is next door neighbours with Spain, and it enjoys having the Atlantic Ocean on its West and South coast. Portugal enjoys wonderful weather, with the mountainous north influenced by the Gulf Stream, and the South having a Mediterranean like climate, with dry hot summers and pleasant winters.
For a family fun packed beach holiday, Portugal is a great place to visit. There are over one hundred sandy beaches and has the characteristic rugged limestone cliffs, full of sheltered coves, perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
The views of Portugal are breathtaking and wonderful to take in during a leisurely stroll along the beautiful beaches. The velvet soft beaches of the Algarve are a great way to spend long, lazy days relaxing in the warm sunshine. You’ll notice that most of the villages in the Algarve were originally small fishing villages with white washed houses and narrow cobbled streets.
Portugal can be contrasting to say the least. On one hand there are the highly developed resorts with large hotels, English style restaurants and lively bars through to the tiny unspoilt villages still full of local tradition. There is a variety of sightseeing pursuits. Perhaps check out the tiny villages of the Douro or spend sunny days exploring the Lisbon coast. For those who prefer city breaks, the medieval city of Lisbon and the elegant historic city of Oporto are fantastic options. Certainly Portugal is a place with fascinating history and an ideal sunshine getaway.
Along the coastlines of Portugal there is a range of accommodation available from family friendly resorts through to more intimate cottages, villas and apartments. As far as activities are concerned, in Portugal, they are endless.
Portugal boasts the best golfing facilities in Europe where champion golf is played. If golf isn’t your cup of tea, you can ride horse back through the verdant pastures of the countryside, or go big game fishing along the coast. If you’re sporty, there is tennis, cycling and if you’re not, there is great shopping. There is plenty in Portugal to keep families busy, from water parks to museums, restaurants to beaches.
There is great nightlife with welcoming restaurants and bars on tap. After all the sightseeing, try some freshly caught sardines and locally made Vino Verde to the delicious pastries and famous rich tasting port. Relax in style in one of the smallest countries in Europe, which has so much to offer.