Portugal is a sun-soaked retreat with enough family-friendly activities, spa resorts, golf courses and bustling cities and towns worth dragging yourself off the beach for.
That's if you want to leave the beaches of the Algarve: you might just find your perfect spot on the sugar-soft sand along the miles and miles of lovely sun-dappled coastline.
Most holidays to Portugal arrive into Faro Airport (FAO) in the southern region known as the Algarve. Visitors here will find a slice of holiday heaven in one of the splendid resorts. Popular resorts for visitors include lively Albufeira, while Carvoeiro, Praia da Rocha and Vilamoura are a little more peaceful
Other well-liked resorts on the Algarve include Praia da Luz, Quinta do Lago, Quarteria, Vila do Bispo, Alvor, Armacao de Pera, and Monte Gordo. Purpose-built Vale do Lobo slots nicely into the pine-clad landscape and attracts golfers to its two courses. Portimao, Sagres, the city of Lagos and Moorish Faro also attract tourists looking for a dose of history and culture, which sits so nicely alongside family holiday attractions in Portugal, such as fun-filled waterparks.
Of course Portugal is not all about the sun, sea and sand. Visitors also fly into Lisbon and Oporto to experience Portuguese city life, or to explore the northern half of the Iberian Peninsula, which is home to stunning places such as the Douro Valley, where vineyards cling to hillsides and provide for the country's thriving wine industry.
Whatever your age, whatever your perfect break looks like, and whether you're travelling in a group, with family, or as a couple, Portugal holidays are sure to tick the boxes of your holiday wish list, with fantastic and good value accommodation ranging from hotels, where your every whim is catered for, to do it yourself breaks with self-catering apartments and villas.
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Portugal bathes in plenty of sunshine and average temperatures on the Algarve peak at around 30C in July and August, rarely dipping below 15C in January. The winter months, though mild, see more rainfall, and you would be extremely unlucky to see rain on the Algarve at the height of summer (you get 12 hours of sunshine instead).
Algarve Carnival; February/March: It's carnival time on the Algarve in February and March. Colourful processions and fun festivities mark the beginning of spring at a variety of locations in the region.
St Anthony Festival; June 12-14: Portugal's patron saint is celebrated in style with fireworks, dancing and street parties. The best place to see the action is in the capital Lisbon.
Oceans Festival, Lisbon; August: The capital is once again the place to be to see the music, art, theatre and a host of other entertainment that forms part of the cultural celebration.
Monchique Fair, Algarve; September/October: Local crafts are highlighted in this annual fair, with the chance to buy leather, wood and weaving in Marmelete.
Portugal Masters; October: The world's best golfers arrive with their clubs in October to compete at a course in Vilamoura designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer.
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Romance: With breathtaking views stretching up the Lima Valley, the summit of Monte de Santa Luzia is the perfect setting for romance. Reach it by funicular and round off your trip with a visit to the Templo do Sagrado Coração de Jesus.
Babies & toddlers: Little ones will enjoy coming face to face with cheeky chimps and mischievous monkeys at Lagos Zoo. There are numerous animals for them to spot including lemurs, pot-bellied pigs, wallabies and hippos.
Kids & teens: Older kids and teens looking to burn off excess energy will find the waves at Ericeira Beach good for surfing. So book some lessons for all of the family and jump on your boards!
Grown-up families: Both beautiful and fascinating, the Convento de Cristo in Tomar is an interesting day out. Explore this huge monastery with its cloisters, murals and stunning architecture.
Free & cheap: The hilltop town of Sintra will enchant you. Tropical gardens, beautiful palaces and stunning mansions litter this picturesque town, and it won't cost you a penny to explore it.
Nightlife: The heart of Lisbon's nightlife can be found in vibrant Bairro Alto. With its numerous bars and clubs, you could pick a different one for each night of your holiday.