Discover a Wealth of Beauty across Portugal

Discover a Wealth of Beauty across Portugal

If you’re looking for a country filled with superb beaches, medieval towns, charming cities and even tropical islands then Portugal will easily match and exceed your expectations. Europe’s most western country offers a more relaxed pace of life and a beautiful Mediterranean climate in which to enjoy plenty of sightseeing and activities all year round.

From the vibrant city of Lisbon to the indulgent beaches of the Algarve to the garden island of Madeira – there’s a piece of Portugal to suit everybody. A lot of holiday companies, such as Saga Travel, make Portugal holidays happen throughout the year, so let’s take a look at its offerings in more detail.

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The relaxed and plentiful beaches of the Algarve are a major draw for the millions of visitors who arrive in Portugal each year. Popular resorts such as Albufeira, Alvor and Lagos, all offer Blue Flag beaches with easy access to first-class golf courses. These little towns are also within a few hours of the charming capital city of Lisbon, which offers atmospheric restaurants, sightseeing via the vintage cable cars and historical buildings around every corner. Spend your mornings sunbathing on the sands and then wander through the medieval Lisbon streets to view sights such as the 15th-century Manueline monastery or the Gothic architecture of the Belem Tower.

Dramatic scenery

Portugal’s landscape is diverse and the coastal route features long sandy beaches, sleepy little fishing villages and charming beach towns. However, if you explore a little further you can enjoy trekking across the peaks of the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês or take in some dolphin watching at the 57,000 acre Sado Estuary Nature Reserve. Head east to explore some of this country’s most beautiful landscapes and spend some time cycling, kayaking and horse riding at the Guadiana River. The historic province of Beira is far from the crowds and a popular place to indulge in some wine tasting tours or visit the medieval mountaintop village of Monsanto, known as the most Portuguese village in Portugal.

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Portuguese islands

A trip to this country also means you can choose to travel to some of the world’s most idyllic islands such as the Azores, Madeira and its tiny sister island of Porto Santo. The Azores are an incredibly beautiful group of islands and the ideal place for those who love scuba-diving, whale watching, canyoning and horse riding through some of the world’s most scenic countryside. If you’ve only heard of Madeira in connection with the famous fortified wine then this lush flower-filled island will come as a pleasant surprise – and, of course, wine tasting tours are available. If you’re visiting Madeira make sure to take the short boat ride to Porto Santo to view the most unspoilt beaches; these are the reason Porto has been named the Golden Island.

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Portugal has a lot to offer visitors, especially those who love getting out and exploring. You can easily see something new every day in this country, if you can bear to leave the beaches that is.

Image by Luis Ascenso Photography, Pablo Nieto and Helen Simonsson, used under the Creative Commons license.

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