- 7 Nights,
19 Apr 2015
- Self Catering
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A well-established player in the tourism game, Portugal has a winning combination of sunny weather, great hospitality and fantastic family-friendly facilities.
Sunbathing to the west of Spain, with its toes tipped in the Atlantic, Portugal is often overlooked by its bigger brother when it comes to holidays on the Iberian Peninsula. But that doesn't mean Portugal is any less culturally rich or geographically diverse. It's also the only European beach destination that shares the same time zone as the UK – perfect for fussy body clocks and forgetful types – and being just 2.5 hours from London, it's a great choice if you prefer shorter flights.
Portugal's beaches are a combination of sweeping stretches of golden sand and secluded coves that bask under 300 days of Mediterranean sunshine. The surrounding wild, craggy cliffs provide a pretty spectacular backdrop for catching some rays whilst sheltering sunbathers from the refreshing Atlantic breeze. In fact, we reckon Portugal's beaches are better looking than Spain's – but don't tell Spain we said that.
If you're a keen surfer or windsurfer you'll ride the best waves in the northern Minho region or on the shores surrounding Lisbon. The aptly named "Silver Coast" is home to soft, white beaches that are just waiting to be wandered along, whereas the almighty Algarve region takes the crown for clean, safe shores that are perfect for sandcastle-building tots.