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Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. With a hot sunny climate, culture rich atmosphere and glorious coastline, a villa holiday in Portugal is a great way to enjoy some time in the sun. Whether it be for the family, with friends or just the two of you there is something here to suit all tastes.

Popular destinations in Portugal

The Southern region of Portugal is home to the Algarve where its beaches are a major attraction Much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire. Towering red rock cliffs and the glorious beaches of the gorgeous Algarve make it a picture perfect destination to book a Portuguese villa holiday. From here you can take a road trip north to see the stunning views of Portugal’s capital city Lisbon should you wish.
 

Things to do in Portugal

Portugal is not only about the weather and the beaches, it’s also home to some of the country’s best bird-watching hotspots especially in the Algarve region. Ria Formosa Natural Park stretches from the west of Faro all the way along the coast to Cacela Velha. From marshes to dunes to saltpans and lagoons there are so many different habitats for you to explore. Choose from a range of villas in Portugal and take the opportunity to spot seahorses and chameleons in their natural environment. Head out on a dolphin spotting mission, the Algarve coastline is one of the best areas in the country for spotting dolphins.

Algarve, Portugal
Algarve, Portugal

Beachlife in Portugal

Portugal has more than 800km of incredible coastline, so if its beaches you are looking for a beach villa in Portugal would be the perfect place for you. There are some amazing coastal gems throughout Portugal, but the Algarve provides some of the best with its spectacular sea caves and cliff-backed golden beaches, many of which have been awarded Blue Flag status.
 

What to eat in Portugal

Portugal’s incredible coastline means that fresh fish and seafood are served everywhere, but local specialities can vary depending on what region you visit. Across the country you’ll find Bacalhau which is Portugal’s signature salt cod dish, considered a national treasure. When in the Algarve, you must sample the traditional cataplana stew, traditionally cooked in a copper pan. Other regional favourites include Cataplana de Marisco which is basically a seafood extravaganza and Cataplana de Carne de Porco com Amêijoas which is a surf-and-turf mix of pork and clams. Desserts and sweet treats are a big part of the Portuguese culinary scene, but by far the most famous are the 'Pastel De Nata' Portuguese custard tarts, which you can find in most local bakeries.
 

Pastel de Nata
Algarve, Portugal

When to go to Portugal

Portugal enjoys a Mediterranean climate with blue skies and hot sun for the majority of the year. December and January are the coolest months but daytime temperatures can still get up to a possible 18 degrees. February, September and October are good months to travel if you are looking for warm sun ideal for sightseeing. In the summer months of June, July and August the country hits its peak with daytime temperatures that can reach up to the 30s.
 

Useful Information about Portugal

There are direct flights to Faro Airport from the UK; the average flight time is approximately 2 hours 40 minutes. Portugal is on the same time as the UK so no need to change your watches.
The local currency is the Euro, and you can use ATMs, debit and credit cards as normal.
 

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