Portugal has long been a popular destination for British visitors looking to enjoy a round of golf on the Algarve, but fear not – there’s plenty more to keep you busy if you’re of the opinion that it’s a sport that simply spoils a good walk…

Despite being the most western country in Europe, Portugal benefits from impressive weather akin to that found across the Mediterranean, with average temperatures during the summer months topping 30 degrees.

That means plenty of sun in which to enjoy your HOT Holiday away from home, with little in the way of rain.

Even in the winter months, the milder temperatures help to make Portugal a true year-round holiday destination – with weather that will certainly be better than that found back home…

As with most of the top European destinations, there are plenty of options when it comes to where to head on a Portuguese holiday.

If a city break is what you are looking for, then the chance to visit the capital Lisbon is something you won’t want to miss; particularly if history and culture is your thing.

One of the oldest cities in Europe, Lisbon sits on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and is home to some of Portugal’s most famous landmarks, such as the Belem Tower.

Should you have more of a desire to head for the beaches, then there are few places to match the Algarve on the southern tip of the country.

As well as hidden coves and sheltered bays, the Algarve is home to some of Western Europe’s most impressive beaches – many of which have been given Blue Flag status.

The crystal clear waters are also ideal for families, whilst you can expect to find a selection of watersports to enjoy if you are seeking a more action-packed break in the sun.

Then there is always the golf if you want to make the most of the many excellent courses that are to be found across the Algarve.

When you add into the mix the lively entertainment and fine dining within the main resorts like Albufeira and Vilamoura, it’s clear to see why Portugal is such an appealing option for overseas visitors who want to make the most of their time in the sun.

There’s also the small matter of the Azores and Madeira, the islands that are under Portuguese rule and where you can escape the crowds to enjoy a relaxing and stress-free break.

  • Destination Info
  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Portuguese

Hit the beach

Portugal is home to some impressive beaches along the coast of the Algarve, with mile-upon-mile of impressive golden sands – much of which is given a Blue Flag rating. The area around Albufeira and Vilamoura is particularly popular for those who want to make the most of the favourable weather conditions to top up their tan.

History and culture

There is plenty of opportunity to explore history and culture during a Portuguese break, from the many delights of Lisbon to the Old Town of Albufeira and the famous castle protecting Portimao from attack.

Family fun

With themeparks and waterparks galore, there is something to cater for all ages on a trip to Portugal with visitors of all ages sure to be entertained throughout their time in the sun.

Shop till you drop

From designer boutiques to huge high-street stores and quaint little markets where you can barter for the best deals, there is plenty of opportunity to seek out top class souvenirs during a break to Portugal.