Portugal is a perfect choice for a self-catering holiday with its great local cuisine and vast number of local markets. Pizzerias, seafood restaurants and cafe-bars are all there to be enjoyed, while Portugal also boasts shopping centres, supermarkets and a variety of shops, bars and restaurants that are perfect for your self-catering holiday.
Portugal is well-known for its bars, cafes, boutiques and restaurants. Every culinary taste is catered for along the way – from Indian, Chinese and Mexican to English and, of course, local Portuguese.
Other unmissable experiences include traditional Fado music, country fairs where centuries-old folk traditions are lovingly re-enacted, port wine tastings and mouth-watering fish suppers. Fish and seafood figure very prominently in Portugal, thanks to its vast stretch of coastline and you can try everything from exotic squid and shellfish, to fish stew, or cataplana, or a simple grilled fish dish. Fish specialists will let you choose your fish and watch while it’s cooked right in front of you. You'll find sardines everywhere - incorporated into every meal whenever possible. Book a self-catering holiday to Portugal and enjoy the best of this mouth-watering cuisine.
Lapeiras is found on the tiny island of Porto Santo, which is located 46km north east of Madeira. A tranquil, Atlantic hideaway, the island has two mountain ranges and a 9km stretch of golden sand.Read more
First settled in 1420, Machico is a city steeped in history. Located on the eastern side of Madeira, the town features a pebble-stone beach and a marine reserve that is popular with divers.Read more
Santa Cruz is a region of Madeira famed for its natural beauty. A popular part of the island, there are over 20 beaches all surrounded by rugged mountains.Read more
The Faro district, equal to the Algarve, is composed of the 16 municipalities. Encompassing the southern tip of Portugal, it features some fantastic beaches and lively towns and resorts.Read more
At one time a tiny fishing village, Algarve increased in popularity from the ‘60’s as a key getaway resort; as an outcome the tide of travel swelled and it now has over 15,000 stable occupants.Read more
Make your self-catering holiday in Portugal as perfect as possible by choosing one of our great accommodation options; from resorts and hotels to villas, cottages and apartments, we’ve got the right place for you. Book your Portugal self-catering holiday with Thomas Cook and call the shots on what happens and when.