Soak up the sunshine on one of the Algarve’s glorious beaches.
Venture through the lush, green mountains of Madeira.
Try succulent espetada and freshly caught sardines in one of Funchal’s
quaint little restaurants.
Language:The language spoken in
Portugal is Portuguese.
Currency:The currency used in
Portugal is Euro (€).
Local time:Portugal has the same
time as GMT/UK time.
Fly to:If you’re going to the
Algarve, you’ll arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) which is 4km west of Faro. If you’re staying in
Madeira, you’ll fly to Madeira Airport (FNC), 16km northeast of Funchal.
Flight time from UK:3-4
Tourist Information:Further Portugal
tourist information can be foundhere.
Visas & HealthBefore you travel,
click herefor recommendations and advice on visas and health
for your holiday to Portugal.
Weather & Climate
Temperatures:Summers are generally
hot and dry with temperatures averaging between the mid and late 20s (°C).
Best time to visit Portugal:Pleasant
throughout the year, with mild winters and comfortable summers.
Weather in Portugal varies from region to region. Portugal weather is
usually mild during winter, with temperatures rarely falling below 10°C. Coastal regions such
as the Algarve are slightly cooler than inland areas, but still warm and sunny.
By taxi:Resort areas have plenty of
taxi ranks. Be aware that it is standard for taxi drivers to charge extra for
By hire car: A hire car is a good
idea if you want to explore the more rural areas of the Algarve or Madeira.
By train: Portugal has a vast railway
network that covers most of the country. The state-of-the-art Alfa Pendular trains are a great
option if you want to travel directly from the Algarve to Lisbon.
Carnival timeFor a real Portuguese
party, visit the Loulé Carnaval in February. The locals dress up in neon colours, feathers and
lots of glitter as they parade through the streets to samba music.
Floral floatsTwo weeks after Easter
is the Madeira Flower Festival, one of the biggest annual events on the island. Floats travel
through the city of Funchal, each decorated with the island’s native blooms.
World musicThe Loulé Med Festival is
a popular world music celebration which attracts thousands of festival-goers every
For golfersIf you’re a golf fanatic,
you won’t want to miss the Portugal Masters which takes place in October.
There's an idyllic Portuguese holiday paradise to suit everyone. As you
unwind on a beautiful beach, or pause for a lunch of grilled sardines in a tranquil village,
you might wonder why the great Portuguese explorers ever wanted to leave this enchanting and
diverse country in search of far-away lands.
With its vast, sandy beaches and kid-friendly attractions, it’s no
wonder that Albufeira is the most popular resort in the Algarve. Almost 15km west of Albufeira
is Armacao de Pera, a lively area with a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants and a quaint
little old town. Slightly further afield is Lagos, an ancient fishing village with a modern
marina and a palm-tree lined promenade. Funchal is the biggest city on the island of Madeira.
Picture cobbled streets lined with traditional restaurants and charming little shops and
galleries. Just 6km east of Funchal is Caniço de Baixo, a tranquil hillside village overlooking
Relax on the Algarve’s sun-drenched southern coast where 160km of long
golden sandy beaches slope gently into the sea. Meanwhile challenging golf courses sit on the
Algarve’s clifftops with spectacular views across the lush countryside. When booking your
holiday to Portugal, you can choose from modern resorts where hotels and facilities cluster
around sparkling marinas.
The Portuguese island of Madeira lies 560km west of the African coast
and is often described as a floating garden – possibly because national parks make up two
thirds of the island and exotic plants thrive in the year-round sunshine.