So why visit Portugal? The simple answer is that Portugal has it all, including beautiful beaches for sunbathing, championship golf courses, history and culture, an incredible interior to explore, a variety of land and water activities and a great club scene. The Portuguese people have a deep respect for their heritage and traditions, hence the many festivals held throughout the country throughout the year. These festivals and parties are an excellent way to experience local culture, traditions and cuisine.
Portugal is known for its wide variety of golf courses with a series of courses designed by the 3-time British Open champion Sir Henry Cotton who lived in the Algarve. Most of the courses are in the Algarve, but there are good golf courses throughout Portugal, including the Lisbon area.
The continental territory of Portugal and its islands offer more than 500 miles of coastline, which makes it a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. Windsurfing, surfing and sailing are extremely popular among the most experienced surfers heading to the coast of Lisbon. Far from the sea, the rivers of Portugal are becoming increasingly popular among kayakers and canoeists.
Portugal offers all kinds of resorts that you could want, from relaxed fishing villages to resorts built specifically like Vilamoura, there is something for everyone and for all budgets.
The Algarve is located in southern Portugal and is the most tourist area in the country. Here, in the Algarve, you will find over 100 miles of beaches that vary from long stretches of open sands to small lonely coves. Licked by the Mediterranean Sea, the east is the most popular side, as it is a bit warmer than the western coast. The resorts north of the Algarve are excellent for beach holidays and water sports at any time of the year.
The coast of Lisbon and the Costa Verde in the north of the country have a unique charm. These areas are more popular among visitors seeking culture and exploration. History plays an important role in these areas with the historic cities of Lisbon on the coast of Lisbon and Porto on the Green Coast. However, they still offer beautiful beaches, plenty of countryside to explore, lots of sports and a lively nightlife. For those people who want the best of both worlds, this is the place to visit.
The interior of Portugal is waiting to be explored. The Peneda-Geres National Park is the only national park in Portugal and, together with the Montesinho Natural Park, offers incredible landscapes, villages that seem to have stopped in time and protected species such as the golden eagle and the wolves.
Horse lovers will not be disappointed when they visit Portugal. With a long equestrian tradition and famous for the Lusitano horse, the country offers a variety of equine facilities, including the famous riding schools, where you can improve your dressage skills to the stables where you can take out a horse and discover the beauty of the countryside surrounding.
The Portuguese eat 10 times more fish than meat, so fishing is very important for them. The restaurants offer tasty freshly caught fish on their menus, perfect for a dinner accompanied by a glass or two of wine while contemplating a white sandy beach. Along the Algarve and the west coast, visitors will find rental boats and guides that will take you to try mackerel, marlin, tuna, stripe, salmon and swordfish. The lakes and rivers of Portugal also offer peaceful fishing opportunities.
The climate in Portugal varies greatly from one area to another. Summer temperatures in the Algarve reach 30 ° C with clear blue skies and about 12 hours of sunshine a day. The further north you travel, the temperature will drop to around 25 ° C with more rain, especially from December to March. You will also notice a significant drop in sea temperature as you go north.
Here is useful information:
– Portugal and the United Kingdom are in the same time zone.
– The coin is the euro.
– Flight time from the UK is approximately 2-3 hours, depending on where you fly from.
– Useful phrases are please or please (please) and obrigado (thanks).