Tourists looking to avoid the conventional trips to Spain should look to the west and towards Portugal, a charming little country with a fantastic Atlantic coastline. Package holidays to Portugal that are organized by tried and tested tour operators are favorable summer options for those who want to unwind and relax in a place that is known for its beautiful sunshine and pristine beaches.
The Algarve is situated in the southern reaches of Portugal and consists of a large region of the country. It’s a popular hotspot for tourists and features a number of sun-stained cities and towns such as Faro (the capital), Praia da Luz and Lagos. It’s a relatively inexpensive area as well, populated with clean beaches and beautiful waters, making it an ideal holiday experience for all the family. As well as beach-fun, Lagos offers an inner look at the old remnants of the country’s rich history and is a charming, quaint town, adding a little extra incentive to visit.
Madeira & Porto Santo
Madeira is part of Portugal but sits in the Atlantic Ocean and is classified as an archipelago. The ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’ is a fascinating visit, full of rich, tropical wildlife and unmatched in terms of climate (in Europe, anyway). Its vast, mountainous terrain makes it perfect for hiking and those that decide to rent a car won’t be disappointed either. Porto Santo is an island in the north part of Madeira and features over nine-kilometers of beaches with tourism at the heart of the island’s income. The beaches here are the best in the entire archipelago and are said to have extreme healing properties as well.
Porto is a renowned city in Portugal and sits on the coast so those interested in visiting beach-bars and restaurants with exquisite views should head here on their holidays. Visitors should take a cruise up the river and a stroll through the beautiful, cultural city as well as ordering an exotic drink in one of the many laid-back beach-bars.
Portugal gives it all when it comes to tourism and with much of the country surrounded by coast, it’s a very attractive and enticing offer. Visitors should be sure to consider the islands off the coast, such as Madeira, as they offer a little extra alongside the city-breaks, emphasized by the likes of Porto and the capital city, Lisbon.