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Portugal is a great destination for a relaxing holiday. With its mild climate, miles of sandy beaches and continental Europe’s furthest south-west point, the Algarve has long been a popular spot for sun-seekers. And there’s more to the country than just the Algarve – Lisbon, Portugal’s hilly capital, is full of character with its mosaic-tiled sidewalks, trams and hilltop castle. Porto, in the north, is known for its port wine production and picturesque bridges spanning the Douro River. Whether you’re looking for sandy beaches or city sights, Portugal has something to offer everyone.
With so much on offer, it can be hard to know what to add to your perfect Portuguese holiday itinerary. Here, we take a look at some of the places that have to make the cut – you won’t be disappointed.
Alto Douro Wine Region
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The Alto Douro Wine Region is one of the oldest wine regions in the world, and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in northern Portugal, the region is known for its unique climate and terrain, which make it ideal for growing grapes. Home to some of the most iconic wine producers in Portugal, including Porto and Vinho Verde, the region’s wines are renowned for their quality and diversity.
The producers here are passionate about making the best possible wines, so a wine tour is sure to be a treat. Whether you’re a fan of red wine or white wine, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. So why not pay a visit to this beautiful part of Portugal and discover the wines of the Alto Douro for yourself?
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If you’re looking for a sunny beach holiday with a difference, then a trip to Lagos in Portugal may be just what you’re after. This historic town is located on the picturesque Algarve coast, and its sheltered bay and sandy beaches make it a popular destination for sun seekers and water sports enthusiasts alike.
There are plenty of things to keep you occupied in Lagos, from exploring the Old Town with its maze of narrow streets and traditional shops, to taking a boat trip out to see the dramatic cliffs and caves that line the coast. And of course, no visit would be complete without enjoying some of the delicious seafood for which the region is renowned.
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A slightly curveball entry to this list, Madeira is a Portuguese island located in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Morocco. Whilst you might not squeeze a visit in on a short trip, Madeira is actually only a 90-minute flight from Lisbon, so if you’re in Portugal for a couple of weeks, it’s well worth allocating a few days to this paradisiacal island.
Its mild climate, lush vegetation and dramatic landscapes make it a popular destination for holidaymakers. Visitors can explore Madeira’s mountainous interior, relax on its sandy beaches, or take part in a number of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and paragliding.
Madeira is also known for its traditional embroidery and hand-painted tiles, and its capital, Funchal, is home to a number of museums and art galleries. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that Madeira is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.