Mile upon mile of golden sun-kissed beaches framed by dramatic natural cliffs, verdant countryside and enchanting old-fashioned towns with cobbled streets and medieval architecture make cheap holidays to Portugal an enormously popular choice for those looking to book a bumper beach break. Now firmly established as a top destination for package holidays, you can still find the space to enjoy a peaceful, relaxing stay. Even in the bustling Algarve, a tranquil trip to a picturesque village or a pine-scented forest is only a short journey away. The long days of bright sunshine and the crystalline, warm waters lend themselves perfectly to swimming, snorkelling and whole host of water sports.
Reasons to visit
Rich, full-flavoured, Mediterranean cuisine can be found in every resort and village and Portugal’s extensive seafaring systems means you’ll have every opportunity to savour mouth-watering fresh seafood on or away from the coast from Porto to Portimao. The buzzing resort bars will cater for anyone wanting great nightlife from their package holiday to Portugal and the vibrant towns such as the capital Lisbon in the south provide bars, clubs and restaurants that cater for every taste and budget.
Things to see and do
Nature lovers on cheap Portugal holidays will appreciate the wide-open green spaces, no more so than at the north’s Peneda Geres National Park with its varied flora teeming with wildlife. The stunning, meandering southern coast affords spectacular views over the sea where countless hidden beaches and sheltered coves are waiting to be discovered. An equal number of delights are in store for culture vultures wishing to find out more about the country’s rich history during their beach holiday to Portugal. Day trips to many of the charming Old Town areas, to resorts such as Albufeira and Lagos with their ancient buildings and paved promenades shouldn’t be missed. Golf enthusiasts can also enjoy a broad choice of courses in the country. Or for those wishing to venture further afield, a trip to the numerous attractions of neighbouring Spain could be on the cards.
From the safe, clean and beautiful beaches to the numerous aqua parks, themed mini-golf sites, adventure cruises and marine wildlife safaris, there will be plenty of activities for kids on your family holiday to Portugal, no matter where you choose to stay.
One of the main draws to a package holiday to Portugal is the classic Mediterranean climate. Hot and dry summers, with a refreshing breeze at the coastal areas and temperatures hovering around the late twenties mean one thing you won’t have to worry about is the weather.