Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
- 7 Nights
- 29 Feb 2016
- Bed and Breakfast
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Between the resorts found in the Algarve or one of the islands lying off the coast of Morocco, Portugal holidays promise visitors laidback surroundings with dozens of beaches from which to enjoy the perfect sunshine setting.
The Algarve, Madeira and Porto Santo share a terrific Mediterranean climate inspiring landscapes that are rich in nature. The culture within each of these destinations show hints of other European influences but are still proudly Portuguese.
Tourists are welcomed to each resort with some fantastic villas and hotels to choose from while idyllic beaches are never too far away. Championship quality golf courses are almost as frequent a sight as the beaches in Portugal thanks to the consistently fantastic playing conditions.
There are resorts for chilling, resorts for partying and resorts for family fun on both mainland Portugal and on the islands. You're sure to find exactly what you need with holidays here.
Covering the entirety of Portugal's south coast, Algarve is filled with an array of resorts that cater for a range of purpose holidays. You're never more than a short walk to the beach in most resorts which is ideal for tourists wanting to make the most of this region's phenomenal climate.
Aside from the beaches you can slip and slide at two fantastic waterparks or interact with animals at Lagos Zoo or the Zoomarine.
Most resorts are perfect for relaxing but many know how to let loose with a spattering of lively nightlife found in certain areas.
This Portuguese island sits in line with Morocco and enjoys a hot Mediterranean climate. The landscape of this small island is a dramatic blend of magnificent volcanic mountains and beautifully formed floral displays through the gardens and forests of Madeira.
The capital Funchal appears to have it all when it comes to the holiday checklist: historic surroundings, hundreds of restaurants, plenty of shopping opportunities, a lively nightlife and four beaches to choose from.
Those who choose holidays to Madeira will not be left disappointed by the mix of relaxation and adventure that is available to all ages.
A tiny island lying 40km north of Madeira, Porto Santo enjoys weather that is just as glorious as its neighbour while a headlining 10km beach provides the perfect place to relax on holiday.
Along the massive beach there are plenty of resorts and towns featuring waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants. There are also water sport opportunities as well as the chance to travel inland and discover the wildlife this island hides.
During the summer this Porto Santo lets loose at the Vila Baleira port where guests will find lively bars and late night clubs.
The climate across all regions is mostly Mediterranean which has led to the nature of each being part rocky and part green. There are over 300 days of sunshine guaranteed in each resort every year with summer highs of 30C in July and August.
While you can visit between March and November and find suitably hot temperatures, visit Portugal during the summer months to find a full schedule of local celebrations. At certain times you'll find many areas featuring outdoor performances, parades and food stalls to enjoy.
A popular tourist attraction, this western Algarve animal park is home to an array of colourful birds and friendly critters who are well cared for in their natural environment. Lagos zoo doesn't feel manmade as you walk through a thick forest that is also a welcome shaded area from the sun.
The full title for these ancient burial tombs is the Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar. Having been in Portimao for 4000 years, this brick structure is worth the trip just to see how it has stood the test of time. Walk through long narrow tunnels to reach the dark chamber rooms as things get a little eerie.
There are two fantastic water parks to choose from within central Algarve. Whether you head towards Aqualand by Armacao de Pera or Slide and Splash close to Ferragudo, all ages are sure to enjoy the thrilling rides found at each park.
Taking a golfing holiday to the Portugal is a long-running tradition for lovers of the game. Courses have been popping up all over the region for 50 years thanks to the superb climate and playing conditions. Wherever you stay, you'll never be too far away from a championship quality course.
Taking you on a gondola style cable ride, this 15 minute journey takes you from the centre of Madeira's capital Funchal up to the parish area of Monte. Beautiful views are a guarantee along the way and Monte is also home to resplendent gardens. Afterwards you can choose to take a fast paced toboggan ride back down through the streets.
Found on the north east corner of the island of Madeira, the water within these pools is colder than the name suggests but it is still a terrific aquatic experience. Natural rocks and manmade shelters drag the ocean into this swimming area where you're free to relax and play out in the sun.
Though he is the world's most famous explorer, not many places can claim to host Christopher Columbus's house. The Porto Santo residency where the famous Italian lived with his Portuguese wife has now been turned into a small museum that provides a fascinating insight into their lives.
This mini botanical garden stands out from its dry plain surroundings in Porto Santo with lush palm trees and refreshing ponds. Within the vibrant area is an array of birds from swans to emus. There are places to eat at the park and there is also a small play area for children to play in.