Portugal is one of Europe’s top destinations for a Summer holiday and weekend breaks, the Southern European country has impeccable coasts filled with holiday resorts and beautiful beaches, bustling cities and traditional towns. Such is the location of Portugal it has been heavily influenced over the years by many African and American nations and the country now has a rich variety of influences and styles. If you have been considering a trip to Portugal this year then here are some destinations that you should be considering for your trip.
This former fishing village is now a popular tourist destination that has several bars, nightclubs and beach resorts. Albufeira is full of life and colour, many of the villas and sea-front properties are multi-coloured and give the town a great look. The marina is still used for the fisherman to sell their shellfish and by night the seafood restaurants open their doors for some seaside dining. Albufeira is also the best place in Portugal to sample some of the famous Peri-peri chicken that has become some popular in recent years. For sun, sea, sand and seafood head to Albufeira. Flights to Albufeira’s nearest airport Faro are relatively cheap from most European cities and if you search online for deals, companies like Monster Travel offer discount holidays at fantastic rates.
The Algarve is Portugal’s most famous region for holiday-makers, the area has the best beaches and holiday resorts in the country and the climate is perfect for those looking for some sun. The Algarve has also gained fame for it’s numerous golf-courses, many of which designed by professionals. Such is the popularity of the golfing culture in the Algarve, many tour operators actually offer golfing-holidays and many hotels have been built around the popular courses. For those of you that aren’t golfers the Algarve is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing holiday in a hotel or private villa, also along the coast of the Algarve are several activity centres and tour companies for those wishing to get the adrenaline flowing or see more of the region. For those of you searching for some luxury, this is the perfect place for you as there are several luxurious locations and hotels available in this part of the country. There is a reason that the Algarve is the most popular area in Portugal and that is because it provides you with the perfect combination of accommodation, locations and activities so if you are heading to Portugal this year then don’t overlook the Algarve.
Portugal’s capital is a coastal city that is full of life, colour and culture, the perfect way to see the city is on a weekend where Lisbon really comes to life with music, dancing and bustling cafes. There are two sides to this city, the old town which comprises of the imposing Sao Jorge castle and ancient buildings and streets with traditional shops, restaurants and cafes, and the new city with business centres, trendy bars and cafes, museums and art galleries. Just outside Lisbon you can find some beautiful and relatively quiet beaches and they are easily accessible by local transport. Despite it’s busy nature, Lisbon has a very relaxed feel about it and simply wandering through the city, people-watching and absorbing the varied architecture is an adventure in itself.