Cheap Holidays to Portugal

This charming region enjoys idyllic temperatures which makes it perfect for a year round destination. The coastline consists of a long stretch of great sandy beaches broken up by extraordinary rugged cliffs and fantastic grottoes which are best explored by boat. The area also offers some fantastic golf courses for those looking for Golfing holidays.

Whether you prefer relaxing and soaking up the sun on a beach in the Algarve or taking in some culture in the bustling medieval city of Lisbon you will not be short of things to do in Portugal

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How Hot?

Portugal's capital city of Lisbon is a great place to visit anytime of the year, with temperatures rarely going below 50ºF, the city is generally mild and sunny (though rain can be expected throughout the year). Portuguese summers are hot hot hot and in the Algarve can top 86ºF (30ºC).

Out and About

Portugal was once thought of as a destination for those looking for nothing more than a beach holiday or a golf holiday but Portugal has changed over the years and people now realise that whatever sort of holiday you are looking for you can find it in Portugal. Whilst Portugal is famous for it's golf courses, there are also some beautiful beaches, medieval castles and picture perfect villages.

There is one national park in Portugal, Peneda-Geres which offers 70,000 hectares of dramatic mountain scenery, old stone villages and some amazing opportunities for outdoor activities.


There are a couple of UNESCO World Heritage sites to see, the first of which is Ribeira which is in Porto. Here there is history lurking round every corner, from it's neo classical Stock Exchange Palace to it's romanesque-gothic Cathedral and there are some amazing views along the waterfront of Cais da Ribeira. The other site is Sintra which is an idyllic town surrounded by wooded hillsides. A must see here is the former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and the beautiful Monserrate gardens.

There are many other historic sites to see in Portugal and a visit to the capital, Lisbon is a great day out. As well as having some great beaches, Lisbon is an art lover's paradise and has a great number of museums and galleries to explore. Lisbon is also well known for it's architecture and is home to the Ponte Sasco de Gama which is the longest bridge in Europe and the ninth longest bridge in the world. St George's castle is also worth a visit and once you have trekked up the hill you will be greeted with some fantastic views.

Out for Lunch

Portuguese cuisine is influenced by the Mediterranean cuisine, full of flavour and colour. A lot of spices are used in the cooking in Portugal including Piri Piri, cinnamon, vanilla, black pepper and saffron. Garlic is widely used as is herbs and olive oil. Fish is a very popular choice of food in Portugal and is found in most restaurants around the country. Portugal is among the top 4 in the world for the highest fish consumption in Europe. Serra da Estrela cheese is very popular amongst residents and the convent bakers are responsible for the national speciality sweets and pastries.

Dining in Portugal ranges from your local cafe and snack bar right up to luxury restaurants serving every kind of cuisine you can think of. Local delicacies will be found in the smaller restaurants in the more residential areas whereas in the tourist areas you are more likely to find International menus.

Quick Facts

Flight Time - From London around 2 - 3 hours depending on your departure point in the UK

Currency - Euro

Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs and Cafes - mixed

Best Time to Visit: April to October

Top Hotels In Portugal

Here's a list of our top accommodations in Portugal, ranked by our customer ratings and reviews.

Interpass Zarco Apartments View rates for Interpass Zarco Apartments
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Vilamoura, Algarve
Within 3km of the resort centre, the beach, marina and several golf courses, the Zarco Apartments are well situated to enjoy the leisure and recreation facilities of Vilamoura....

4.7 / 5 from 20 reviews

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Lagos, Algarve
Overlooking the marina and just steps away from the historic centre of Lagos, the small and friendly Marina Rio Hotel offers a comfortable and convenient base within easy reach of all the amenities an...

4.8 / 5 from 15 reviews

Interpass Alvaflor Apartments View rates for Interpass Alvaflor Apartments
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Vilamoura, Algarve
Situated in the golf course area of Vilamoura, the Alvaflor Apartments is a self-catering complex of one-bedroom apartments with access to a shared pool....

4.8 / 5 from 5 reviews

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Tavira, Algarve
The adult only Maria Nova Lounge Hotel is situated close to the town centre, offering an outdoor pool with swim-up bar, a rooftop bar and a spa centre with indoor pool. ...

4.8 / 5 from 5 reviews

Algarve Mor Apartments View rates for Algarve Mor Apartments
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Praia da Rocha, Algarve
Algarve Mor Apartments offers simple accommodation in a convenient location, just steps away from the beach and all the resort amenities....

4.4 / 5 from 9 reviews

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Faro, Algarve
A centrally located hotel overlooking the marina and Ria Formosa, offering comfortable accommodation in downtown Faro....

4.8 / 5 from 4 reviews

Colina da Lapa Apartments View rates for Colina da Lapa Apartments
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Carvoeiro, Algarve
The Colina da Lapa is located on the outskirts of Carvoeiro, approx 3km from its centre and its beach....

5 / 5 from 3 reviews

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Albufeira, Algarve
A small complex of self-catering studios and apartments, offering a convenient location just a short walk from the 'Strip' with its nightlife, tourist shops and restaurants....

4.2 / 5 from 19 reviews

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Olhao, Algarve
A modern hotel with a spa and innovative facilities, stylish accommodation and a prime location in front of the leisure marina....

4.9 / 5 from 9 reviews

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Portimao, Algarve
The Vitor's Village is a chilled out holiday village located close to the resort centre where you’ll fine a number of local shops, bars, and restaurants....

4.6 / 5 from 5 reviews

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