Where To Visit On Your Portugal Holiday
Portugal is an ideal all year-round holiday destination with temperatures rarely dropping below 15%, making it comfortable to play golf even when the courses are flooded and frozen in the UK.
There are several ways to enjoy your holiday in Portugal:
- A long weekend in Porto or Lisbon
- A golfing break in the Algarve
- A Family holiday in the Algarve from Easter to half term
- A road trip from Porto to The Algarve
Thre are many flights into Portugal’main international airports from the UK: Porto, Lisbon and Faro are the biggest and easiest to get to.
Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, Porto is a fascinating and vibrant city that is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations. The city boasts an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions, and a buzzing nightlife, with outstanding tourist facilities. There is a lot to see and do in Porto, and this diverse city appeals to a wide range of visitors.
Porto is a historic and varied city, from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribeira district through to the grand plaza of the Trindade district. The region is famed for the production of Port, which is still stored and matured in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the Douro River.
The main attractions in Porto include:
- Avenida dos Aliados
- Church of S. Francisco
- Foz (river mouth)
If you’re dreaming about your next trip to Europe, go and discover Lisbon, a historical city full of stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15oC.
Lisbon is a capital city where you feel safe wandering around day or night, where the cuisine is dedicated to creating over a thousand ways to cook the beloved bacalhau (salted cod), and where you’ll find hotels and restaurants to suit every taste, budget and requirement.
In Lisbon, old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation.
The top attractions in Lisbon include
- Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
- National Ancient Art Museum
- Arco da Rua Augusta
- National Coach Museum
It was here that, in the 15th century, the Portuguese set off on the epic journey that led them to discover other peoples and cultures
And there are also the mountains, where people live in harmony with nature and maintain traditions that they love to share.
At the table, you will be delighted with the fresh fish and seafood, either grilled or in a casserole. These are divine flavours which you can enjoy on a simple beach terrace or in the most refined Michelin-starred restaurants, where chefs turn out new versions of traditional cuisine. They are further experiences not to be missed on a visit to the region.
Repeatedly considered to be the best golfing destination in the world, by magazines devoted to the sport, and by international associations of specialist tour operators.
The climate – with over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and a low annual average rainfall, – the Algarve enjoys mild weather throughout the year.
From long, sandy beaches protected by golden cliffs to small bays nestled between rocks, the Algarve has beaches to suit all tastes.
Driving Tour in Portugal
The best way to get around Portugal is to hire a car, so that you are not limited by train or bus timetables. Most locations in Portugal are only 3-4 hours apart and, with the exception of Porto, parking around Portugal tends to be relatively cheap compared to the rest of western Europe.
During the summer months the Algarve, Lisbon and Porto tend to get very busy, but off the beaten track in Portugal the crowds are not so bad. One thing that will slow you down, though, are the number of tolls.
Note, that you are likely to have a pay a one-way fee for dropping your car off at a different location than you collected it.
A minimum of 4 days in needed in Porto to visit the nearby towns and villages
As well as Porto, we suggest that you take day trips to Igreja do Carmo which is full of beautiful monuments and landmarks.
It is also worth considering Aveiro which is about an hours’ drive away or Nazaré which is one of the most famous big wave surfing spots in the world, or the Douro Valley is one of the best wine regions in the world.
4 days is needed in Lisbon as it is not one of those cities where you can hop from tourist attraction to tourist attraction (like Rome).
Allocate a day to venture to the UNESCO-listed Sintra, 15 miles away from Lisbon. Sintra is a charming town nestled in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains
Cascais is an easy 20-30 minute drive away from Lisbon, and is a charming seaside town with a number of nearby landmarks to visit including Cabo da Roca and Boca do Inferno.
The Algarve will be a combination of sightseeing and relaxing.
Visit Cape Saint Vincent, Tavira, ,the Farol da Ponta da Piedade viewpoint and Praia do Camilo.