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Holidays in Portugal

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 faraway lands.

25-28 °C

Portugal is pleasant throughout the year, with mild winters and comfortable summers.

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3-4 hours

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.

Book a holiday with us to Portugal today for medieval market towns, quaint little fishing villages and sun-kissed sandy beaches.

Recommended offers in Portugal

Hotel Vila Galé Nautico

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • A few minutes' walk from the beach
  • Peaceful, family-friendly resort
  • Regular evening entertainment (May-Oct)

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1667 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

smartline Amarilis

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach, bars and restaurants
  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Bright, spacious apartments

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 506 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

SENTIDO Ama Islantilla

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Quiet location in southern Spain
  • Spacious complex
  • Complimentary shuttle 2.5km to the beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 675 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

SENTIDO Garden Playanatural

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Quiet location in southern Spain
  • Protected beach reached by ferry
  • Adults only 16+

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1322 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Pinhal da Marina

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Set back in peaceful gardens
  • Beach & marina within easy reach
  • Apartments sleeping up to eight

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 568 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person). As a guide this provides a weight allowance of 15kgs. Your actual luggage allowance will be shown on the next page. You might be able to purchase additional luggage allowance by contacting the Airline direct.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • Your transfer will be provided by one of our partners. Information on how you will be met at the airport will be included in your travel documents.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.

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 the ocean.

With some of Europe's finest golf courses, historical sites and a culture of colourful local festivals, the list of Portugal’s attractions is vast; and it doesn't end here. Madeira sits off the coast, adding dramatic scenery, watersports, plus gardens and valleys filled with colourful flowers, to the holiday equation. The Algarve has been a popular holiday destination for years, but there’s a still lot to discover in its charming little villages and Moorish ruins. Bask in the radiant sunshine on one of the Algarve’s golden beaches before stopping in a marisqueira for a plate of freshly grilled prawns and a glass of ice cold beer.

Portugal’s diverse beaches range from rugged, volcanic shorelines to long stretches of golden sand. One of the best places in Portugal for beaches is the Algarve. Families will love Praia Monte Gordo near the Spanish border for its warm waters and seaside restaurants. For the ultimate in relaxation, take the short boat trip to the remote island of Culatra. If you’re in Madeira, visit Porto Moniz to see its unusual giant black lava rocks. One of the best places to visit in Portugal is the small island of Porto Santo, known for its azure blue waters and honey-coloured sands.

Fish is fresh and plentiful across Portugal and it plays a big part in the Portuguese diet. The most traditional fish dish is bacalau, a velvety soft salted cod, often served with sliced potatoes and rich cream. In the Algarve, most menus will feature cataplana, a mouth-watering stew of pork and fresh clams, cooked and served in a traditional copper pan. If you’re in Madeira, make sure you try espetada, succulent chunks of beef marinated in garlic and salt, then cooked on a skewer over a hot grill. Wash it all down with a glass of the famous Madeiran wine.

Whether you’re in the bustling city of Funchal or a quiet fishing village in the Algarve, you’re never too far away from one of Portugal’s exciting attractions. The Cabo Girão cliff-face in Madeira provides remarkable views of the island’s lush, green landscape. Wander the cobbled streets of Funchal and take a cable car up to the charming village of Monte. There are plenty of things for kids to do in Portugal too, with Madeira’s Aquaparque promising thrilling water slides for all ages.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to Portugal, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/safety-and-security


Portugal is best for...

Sun-worshippers: Soak up the sunshine on one of the Algarve’s glorious beaches.

Walkers: Venture through the lush, green mountains of Madeira.

Foodies: Try succulent espetada and freshly caught sardines in one of Funchal’s quaint little restaurants.

More about Portugal :
Overview, Things to Do, Weather, Useful Phrases, Currency


Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Portugal is Portuguese.

Currency: The currency used in Portugal is Euro (€).

Local time: Portugal is the same as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Faro Airport. Transfers to the Algarve resorts take between 30 minutes (Vilamoura) to 1 hour (Albufeira) and 1.5 hours (Lagos).

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Portugal is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Tourist Information: Further Portugal tourist information can be found at www.visitportugal.com/en.

Visas & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Portugal.


Weather and 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.

Weather in Portugal
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Getting around

By taxi: Resort areas have plenty of taxi ranks. Be aware that it is standard for taxi drivers to charge extra for luggage.

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.


Events

Carnival time For 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 floats Two 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 music The Loulé Med Festival is a popular world music celebration which attracts thousands of festival-goers every June.

For golfers If you’re a golf fanatic, you won’t want to miss the Portugal Masters which takes place in October.


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