Portugal offers centuries-old cities and medieval castles, beautiful golden beaches, soaring mountains, superb wine and myriad outdoor activities. So, it’s no wonder that this little country has become very sought-after for an idyllic holiday. Portugal is lively, beautiful, charming – and there are still places to visit where you can escape the crowds in high season. Even its busiest Algarve resorts still boast havens of tranquility.
With its picture-perfect villages, meandering coastlines and flower-covered hills, this stunning country is a holiday paradise. Its capital, Lisbon, is one of the greatest ports in the world. It’s steeped in history, with numerous historic and modern attractions. Just 30km away is the tiny village of Sintra, with its quaint alleyways, glamorous palaces and gardens. And further afield you’ll find mountains to ski, seas to surf and the incredible Azores volcanic islands, full of dramatic cliffs, crystalline lakes and natural pools.
Why we love Portugal
The Portuguese know how to party – their nightlife is vibrant.
It’s one of the most picturesque countries in the world.
It’s also one of Europe’s oldest countries, with many centuries-old castles and historical sites to visit.
Traditional culture is evident in this authentic little country.
There are more than 100 beaches to sunbathe on – and no, not just on the Algarve.
Portuguese wine is internationally recognised for its quality and flavour.
Golfers love it here, and there are many excellent golf courses around the country.
There’s a bakery on every corner with delicious tarts and pastries to enjoy.
The weather is glorious, with perfect summers and mild winters.
Fabulous food and wine, a festival atmosphere and glorious weather are all reasons why people enjoy unmatched holidays in Portugal. Let Thompsons Holidays arrange a tailor-made Portugal travel package for you, your family, with friends or travelling with your partner.
Things to do in Portugal
Historic cities, ancient castles, famous food, spectacular sights and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches all await you on holiday in Portugal. With its complex history, dramatic landscapes, turquoise sea, golden beaches, narrow cobbled streets, excellent wine and friendly people, this little European country is a delightful place to visit.
Enjoy a beach break on the famous Algarve, go golfing (Portugal is Europe’s best golf destination), surfing or exploring fascinating museums and ancient sites. Portugal has an enigmatic charm, and its traditions are charming. Its Fado music is as famous as its delectable custard tarts, the Port wine as delicious as the seafood, the lace as beautiful as the scenery.
Things to do in Portugal
Discover charming Porto, home of Port and gold-leaf medieval churches.
Savour a freshly-baked pastel de nata (custard tart).
Spend time on the island of Madeira.
Catch a live performance of traditional Portuguese music at a Fado bar.
Go surfing on the coast just north of Sagres.
Explore one of Europe’s best contemporary art museums, Serralves, in Porto.
Visit the UNESCO-listed medieval centre of Guimarães.
Soak up the sun on a golden beach in Albufeira.
Visit Mata Nacional do Buçaco, once a monastic retreat, with its own royal palace.
Attend a rock music festival in Porto or Lisbon.
Visit the famous pilgrimage site, the Shrine of Fátima.
Go ziplining, paragliding, hiking, surfing, skiing… adventure activities are as numerous as the reasons to visit this gorgeous country.
Lesser-known pursuits include whale watching, visiting a village built out of rocks and seeing a church made out of human bones. Thompsons Holidays can make your dreams come true with a fabulous holiday package to this charming country, so call us right away about your Portugal holiday.
Portugal is on Western European standard time, the same as Greenwich Mean Time, 2 hours ahead of South Africa during the winter (November to March) and 1 hour behind South Africa in the summer months (last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).
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