Portugal in showbiz speak is a talented triple threat – great weather, even better beaches and waves upon waves of culture. Celebrity addiction is practically a British pastime, so no wonder we flock to these gorgeous coastlines year after year. What could be wrong with sandy beaches, clear waters and sardines straight out of the ocean? Absolutely nothing, it’s perfect! For those seeking a big hit of art and history on a Portugal holiday, the capital of Lisbon with tiled streets and galleries should be the first port of call, whereas sun-seekers will definitely feel at home in the beautiful Algarve. One bit of advice for you lively, adventurous types is to give the quiet, cobbled town of Alvor a miss and leave its Gothic Cathedral for another time.
So, you’re thinking all of this sounds right up your street and you’ve never felt more suited to anywhere else in the world...so isn’t it about time you booked a holiday in Portugal? The choice of beaches is outstanding and the seafood, pastries and port wine are mouth-watering. We know you’re tempted...go on! Book a holiday to Portugal with Qwerty Travel today.
When: Head out anytime between May to September to top up your tan, browse the boutiques and meet a fellow solo traveller in an art gallery.
Where: Definitely stay in the capital, Lisbon, to soak up the lively atmosphere and learn about the history of your new favourite location.
Why: Because you love Blue Flag awarded beaches and want to lie in the sand before treating yourself to some delicious pastries from late-night bakeries. Yummy!
When: Definitely enjoy your Portugal holiday in the summer months from May to September. Clubs will attract top drawer entertainment and talent of every kind!
Where: Spend time in the bars, clubs and discos at Albufeira for fun nights. You’ll enjoy great DJs, cocktails and showcase your dance moves to unsuspecting locals!
Why: This one isn’t rocket science! There are more beaches than you can shake a stick at, the nightlife is buzzing and the country produces port wine! We bet it’s your signature drink, right?
When: To avoid sunburn that’ll stop you touching each other – you don’t want that! - book in either spring or in September and October.
Where: For thrills and luxury, head to Vilamoura. Stroll along the marina, buy each other holiday gifts in the many shops and, if you’re feeling lucky, head to the casino.
Why: Because there’s an endless supply of cobbled streets, beaches and even golf courses to lock-lips on! We’re not setting a challenge but how about trying your best? You’ll love it!
When: Go anytime from May to September to get your dose of vitamin D. You could even try the Easter break so the homework doesn’t build up for your return home!
Where: There’s a long list but Madeira is one of the most popular and Praia Da Rocha is particularly family friendly. It has one of the most famous beaches in the whole of Europe, as well as a zoomarine with dolphins!
Why: There’s a big mix of water parks, museums and zoos to keep everyone having fun; big kids as well as the little ones! We’re looking at you Dad...
Portugal is pretty much the Mediterranean climate, so it’s already doing it better than Britain. You get long hot summer and mild winters but there’s a bit of a north-south divide...sound familiar? North Portugal sees summer months in the mid-20s, whereas the south is hotter with average temperatures in the low 30s and highs of 35C. Either way, pack your sun cream and beach towel!
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What to expect
Be prepared for days laughing on the beach, historical walks and tasty treats. The coastlines are stunning, the history is fascinating and the port wine delicious. Whatever you do, don’t leave without sampling the pastries and desserts, especially the famous custard tarts that are better than anywhere else. Promise? Good! If you want nightlife over scenic surroundings, head to Lisbon for lively bars that spread out into the streets, or visit Albufeira for a range of clubs and wild nights out.
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