Once known as the Iberian Peninsula's best-kept secret, Portugal has become a must-visit destination Europe. From the beaches and world-class golfing resorts of the Algarve to the rustic villages and vineyards of the Douro, via cosmopolitan cities - you can't fail to be impressed by the beauty and variety of Portugal.
The historic capital, Lisbon, remains one of most undervalued cities in Europe. For a touch of culture and history on your Portugal holiday, the city is unrivalled. It is home to excellent museums and galleries, as well as Unesco World Heritage sites including the beautiful medieval quarter. The city's nightlife is one of the most vibrant and fashionable in Europe, while there are many pristine Atlantic coast beaches in the region.
An equally popular city destination for Portugal holidays is the northern cultural capital of Porto. Occupying a dramatic location at the mouth of the River Douro, Porto is a beautiful city with a cobbled Unesco-listed historic centre with a striking blend of architectural styles. Port wine comes from here and the vineyards north of the city are worth a visit.
For most, holidays to Portugal are all about the Algarve. This 100 mile-plus stretch of golden coastline is home to some of the finest beaches and beach resorts in Europe. A long-time favourite among families, couples and groups, the Algarve offers it all. Glorious sunshine, gorgeous sandy expanses, water parks, pretty whitewashed villages, fashionable shopping, exquisite dining and lively party resorts, this is the complete beach getaway destination.
Whether you plan on never leaving the beach, jet-skiing or partying 'til dawn; a beach break in the Algarve ticks all the appropriate boxes. The lively resort of Albufeira a is popular with families and groups, while glitzy Vilamoura with its glamorous marina and boutique stores is ideal for those seeking a little luxury on their beach escape.
Golf is huge in the Algarve. The region is without a doubt one of greatest golfing holiday destinations in Europe, and is home to over 35 courses. Some of which are used on international and European professional circuits. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced expert, you'll have plenty of opportunities to improve your handicap in the Algarve.
Of course, sunbathing is one of the preferred pastimes in Portugal. But if you do want a break from the golden sands, you can try out some of the many water sports available including windsurfing, snorkelling, diving and surfing.
Around 740 miles as the crow flies from mainland Portugal, the beautiful island of Madeira is a fabulous choice for a winter sun holiday. Adventure sports fans and outdoorsy types will love taking advantage of the island's breathtakingly rugged landscapes.
With year-round sunshine, friendly locals and outstanding natural scenery, Portugal really is an ideal destination for everyone.