What is it about Portugal that keeps holidaymakers coming back year after year? Is it the gorgeous golden sands that make up its popular south coast? Its manicured greens and professional golf courses? The captivating capital of Lisbon – resplendent with beautiful architecture and quaint cobbled streets? Portugal’s popularity can be pinned to all of these things, and much more besides.
Let’s start with the Algarve. Home of sizzling summer breaks and cheap holidays, Portugal’s southern coastal region is a summer holiday classic. It’s got those all-important ingredients of sun, sea and sand, with the added benefit of dramatic coastlines and bubbly beach resorts. It’s highly accessible too, thanks to the frequency of flights to Faro Airport and the short transfer to its main resorts.
As you might expect from such a popular holiday destination, Portugal’s coastal regions are incredibly diverse. Sun-seekers who want nothing more than to kick back on golden sands, with little more than the sound of the rushing shore and the tinkle of children’s laughter in their ears, should head to quiet Carvoeiro, the fishing village of Olhos d’Agua or the tempting sands of Tavira. For a seriously rural retreat, head for the hills and enjoy the seclusion of Bordeira – a gorgeous little place that’s nestled well away from the tourist trail. Or, if cheap holidays are on the agenda, you’ll find plenty of great deals in lively resorts like Albufeira and Lagos.
Beaches aside, Portugal has plenty more up its sleeve to delight holidaymakers. Hire a car and head inland to explore its sprawling vineyards. Drive along its meandering rural trails and country lanes, perhaps stopping to buy locally-made produce from a village or town, before making your way to one of many different beauty spots to enjoy a picnic with a view.
Whatever you’re after – from cheap holidays to self-indulgent rural retreats – Portugal is a fantastic place that’s bound to give you a perfect holiday.