Great weather in the summer months, family-friendly beaches, cosmopolitan cities - Portugal has it all, and cheap flights make it a great value destination...
Portugal has long been a favourite destination for British tourists who love the country's great offering of stunning coastlines (great for surf and sailing lovers), exceptional golf courses, including some of the best in Europe and also, Portugal's fabulous cities such as Oporto (or Porto) and Lisbon.
A holiday here is ideal for both families, couples and sports lovers. The easy pace of this country adds to the sense of warmth and famous Portuguese hospitality. There are many options to look at when thinking of a stay here. How about a city break to Lisbon, or a walking/cycling holiday through the incredible vistas of the mountains of Monchique north of the Algarve?
Whatever your destination, car hire from the airport is useful if you plan on venturing outside the city of Lisbon. Recommended trips include the coastal resort of Estoril in Cascais, and Sintra, a wonderfully unique and historic hill town less than an hour from Lisbon (think tales of princesses and castles).
Further north, Oporto (Porto in Portuguese) is a buzzing city and a great jumping-off point for exploration of the verdant Douro Valley and its fruits, which produce Portugal's famed port wine. You'll definitely want to return home with a few bottles.
The spirit of exploration trots along hand in hand with Portugal. Setting sail from these shores on a number of occasions, Christopher Colombus is often reported to have been Portuguese (though the Italians would disagree). Car hire in Portugal is essential if you want to indulge your own spirit of adventure and really see what Portugal has to offer.
The Algarve is popular year-round and the weather rarely fails to cheer, with around 3,000 hours of sunshine every year in the Algarve.
Flights to Portugal are plentiful from the UK and bargains can be found when you compare prices...
Most flights to Portugal land on the stunning shores of the sunny Algarve in Faro Airport (FAO), where holidaymakers lap up the warm weather, relaxed resorts, fabulous beaches and the gracious hospitality of the locals.
Portugal flights also carry visitors to the delights of city living, with Lisbon Airport (LIS) and Oporto Airport (Porto; OPO) welcoming arrivals in the northern part of Portugal.
Whatever your destination, and whatever type of holiday you want in Portugal, book flights early to avoid disappointment.
Prices are generally cheaper outside the peak months of June to September - expect an average flight time of 2 hours 45 minutes.
Portugal's major airports have a good transfer system suitable for all budgets...
Transfers into the capital city of Lisbon from its airport are easy by bus, taxi and dedicated airport shuttle services.
Faro is also well serviced as it is the key airport for holidaymakers visiting the Algarve, and buses, taxis and a shuttle service run regularly in the summer months.
Self-catering villas, family-run B&Bs and smart hotels - Portugal has a great array of accommodation for travellers...
Self-catering accommodation is hugely popular in Portugal for holidaymakers. Good deals can be found if you book ahead, and many private owners often rent their villas and apartments out in the summer months too with discounted deals the longer you stay.
Modern resort accommodation along the Algarve or west coast contrasts with the more traditional houses inland in the villages or the apartment living in the cities.
Hotels in the major cities offer some great deals if you book online and in advance.