Portugal has been a firm favourite on the European holiday scene for generations, with a selection of great beaches, great scenery and great food to relish in. With a flight of just a few hours and a fabulous summer climate, it's the perfect destination for holidays with your loved one. Plus, with a broad range of resorts available including luxury five-star resorts, the Algarve in particular is a destination you should consider for your next getaway.
Millions flock to the Portuguese coastline each and every year to enjoy one of the most diverse coastlines Europe has to offer. You’ll find sleepy fishing villages and majestic cliff-faces, sand-swept coves and lush Championship golf courses – Portugal has an endearing love affair with the Atlantic, and why wouldn’t it? The Algarve in particular has magnetic appeal, with Faro, Albufeira, Vilamoura and Lagos basking in year-round sunshine.
Europe's Leading Beach Destination
The Portuguese region of the Algarve is known for its 300 days of sunshine, turquoise seas and golden sands and now the region’s beauty and offering has been officially recognised by the World Travel Awards 2015, winning the title of Europe’s Leading Beach Destination. The prestigious World Travel Awards looks to reward and celebrate excellence across the tourism market and provides winners with a hallmark of quality they can proudly share with the tourism market. The winners of the 22nd World Travel Awards were voted for by travel agents and high-end consumers, making each accolade a title to be very proud of.
Spa and Wellbeing
If lounging on the beach isn't your cup of tea, the Algarve has over 40 spas for you to choose from to restore your energy and relax in. Therapeutic massage, reflexology, tai-chi and Reiki are just a few of the treatments and experiences you can enjoy, which are sure to take away the stresses and strains of everyday life.
The Algarve boasts a wealth of gastronomic highlights including fine seafood for you to enjoy. Drawing on fresh catch including oysters, squid, cockles and clams, local maritime delights are sure to excite every visitor's palate. Make sure to sample the local favourite, "cataplana", made up of mussels, clams, chorizo, bacon, garlic, onions and olive oil, as well as some of the regions famous fish stew, "caldeirada". If you're lookng to sample cuisine in restaurants that have been honoured with Michelin Stars, the Algarve boasts the most Michelin Star restaurants in the whole of Portugal, such as Ocean Vila Parc, Henrique Leis and Willies Restaurant. If you'd prefer to sample authentic Algarve cuisine, head to Paixa, Estaminé or Churrasqueira Ramires.
However you prefer to stay while you’re travelling, from great value convenience to five-star luxury, we’ll find the perfect place for you to rest your head. Here’s a selection of our favourites in Portugal.
With independent access to travel suppliers throughout Portugal, we're always looking to add more value to your holiday. Take a look through just a few of our selected offers below – but for our very latest offers on Portugal’s best places to stay, your Travel Counsellor is just a phone call away!