Madeira's sub-tropical climate might even entice the more active souls. The country has it all.

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Portugal Holidays: An Overview

Portugal packs quite a big punch for a little place. Whether you're a surfer, sun seeker or sailor, the South has a little something for everyone. The North and pit stops along the way, boast great countryside, cities and cuisines. Madeira's sub-tropical climate might even entice the more active souls. The country has it all.

Claudia and Flora are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Lisbon is a deeply civilised city, with excellent boutique hotels and a pumping nightlife
  • Wine tasting, be that in the Douro Valley or Alentejo. Portuguese wines are a wonder waiting to be enjoyed in situ. You can't escape the importance of Port wine in the up-and-coming city of Porto. Its production is prominent, and a visit to a cave is a must if you're on holiday in the area - followed by a glass in one of the many buzzing wine bars, of course
  • The beautiful Alentejo and West Algarve coastline boasts secluded wild sandy beaches that often, you'll just be sharing with a few surfers
  • Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide
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Original Highlight

Head to Alentejo in September (the grape harvest season) and you'll be able to get involved in making your own wine from start to finish. It’s especially fun to participate in the moon harvest of the grapes at midnight.

Flora, Original Traveller

A note on price

A weekend getaway to central Lisbon will start from £400 per person including return flights and transfers. On the other end of the spectrum, a two week long luxury family holiday for four staying in a top hotel in Sagres in a two bedroom suite with private pool will cost around £9,000. Learn more about our pricing

Top picks for Portugal

The Yeatman

The Yeatman

Porto & the Douro Valley

We at OT have known about Porto as a perfect Big Short Break destination for years, but always baulked at recommending it due to one crucial factor – the lack of a decent hotel. No more.

Where to stay

The Yeatman
Aquapura

Aquapura

Porto & the Douro Valley

Aquapura is the quintessential modern boutique hotel – a tasteful and contemporary renovation of a classic 19th-century manor house offering all the mod-est cons in elegant surroundings.

Where to stay

Aquapura
Surfing

Surfing

The Algarve

The beaches of the Costa Vincentina nature reserve are some of the most beautiful in Europe.

What to do

Surfing
Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

The Algarve

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel has set itself a modest goal - to be the finest luxury family resort in Europe. We like what we see so far.

Where to stay

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel
Madeira

Madeira

Portugal

Great for walking and hiking and catching some late autumn or early spring sunshine within easy reach of the UK.

Where to go

Madeira
Memmo Baleeira

Memmo Baleeira

The Algarve

This white washed cliff side hotel was first constructed in the 1960s, and has since been spruced up to quite the chic beachside oasis, and is ideal for anything from a relaxing weekend away to a family holiday.

Where to stay

Memmo Baleeira
Lapa Palace Hotel

Lapa Palace Hotel

Lisbon

The 19th century Lapa Palace is situated on the hilltop overlooking the Tagus River in the diplomatic quarter of Lisbon. The sub-tropical gardens surrounding the hotel make it a peaceful oasis from the busy city.

Where to stay

Lapa Palace Hotel
Carro de Cesto

Carro de Cesto

Madeira

Who said Madeira was boring? If you want to try a novel form of transport, take the cable-car from Funchal

What to do

Carro de Cesto
Walking the Levadas

Walking the Levadas

Madeira

Madeira is a renowned destination for walking or hiking.

What to do

Walking the Levadas
Aldeia da Pedralva

Aldeia da Pedralva

The Algarve

Just a few short years ago Pedralva was a ramshackle village full of derelict houses and one small pizzeria catering to the local surfing community. Then in 2008 along came Antonio Ferreira, an Algarvean advertising exec looking to develop a property in this beautiful unspoilt corner of the Algarve, the Natural Park of Costa Vicentina.

Where to stay

Aldeia da Pedralva
Lisbon

Lisbon

Portugal

Historical yet accessible and great, great fun - welcome to laid back Lisbon.

Where to go

Lisbon
The Algarve

The Algarve

Portugal

For those wanting to stay poolside, the Algarve that we know and love couldn’t be more perfect, but for those looking for something a bit different, there are a couple of undiscovered spots to be found off the beaten track.

Where to go

The Algarve
Porto & the Douro Valley

Porto & the Douro Valley

Portugal

The Brits have long had a penchant for port, but the vineyards where the fortified wine is created and the eponymous city of Porto are, in themselves, a delight.

Where to go

Porto & the Douro Valley
Longevity Wellness Resort

Longevity Wellness Resort

The Algarve

With a total of three spas and a secluded position in the hills of Monchique, renowned for its thermal waters and fresh mountain air, there is no doubt that guests will leave this new spa resort in the Algarve feeling revitalised.

Where to stay

Longevity Wellness Resort
Pine Cliffs Resort

Pine Cliffs Resort

The Algarve

Pine Cliffs is an immaculate, five-star resort set above the ochre cliffs of Portugal’s Algarve coast between Faro and Albufeira.

Where to stay

Pine Cliffs Resort
Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Madeira

Madeira wine might not be everyone’s particular cup of grog, but the history surrounding its evolution is fascinating.

What to do

Wine Tasting
Farol Design Hotel

Farol Design Hotel

Lisbon

This stylish hotel is an old Portuguese villa fused with a contemporary modern design, planted on the edge of an outcrop of rocks, overlooking the Atlantic.

Where to stay

Farol Design Hotel
The Alentejo

The Alentejo

Portugal

The Alentejo is home to beautiful cork oak forests, rural countryside and elegant wine estates and with a mild climate it's an ideal location to visit all year round.

Where to go

The Alentejo

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