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Great golf; better beaches
Holidays in Portugal aren’t just about the mainland. The country’s full of beautiful scenery and fantastic activities, while Madeira is a cultural hub with plenty of opportunities to relax. With a short flight time of around two and a half hours this is the ideal country for families with young children, as well as couples and those wanting to explore. Families will love the many Blue Flag beaches dotted along the coast in the Algarve, while the Lisbon Coast is home to cosmopolitan Lisbon and pretty fishing villages.
Couples will find plenty of opportunities to relax on holiday in Portugal, including beaches and luxury hotels with infinity pools, spas and excellent restaurants. The Algarve is perfect for golf lovers, as well as those wanting to enjoy walking and mountain biking, horse riding and lots more. Upmarket restaurants sit side by side with family run tavernas and little cafés where you can watch the busy cobbled streets of the towns.
Madeira is open and welcoming UK visitors. Mainland Portugal however, remains restricted with the FCDO advising against all but essential travel.
If you are due to travel to Madeira a COVID-19 PCR Test needs to be completed 72 hours before you fly. Between 12 - 48 hours before your departure you will also need to fill in an online traveller questionnaire and attach test results.
Please familiarise yourself with the information found on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors. For general booking FAQs, head to our Travel with Confidence page.
Whether you’re looking for quiet village charm, cosmopolitan towns or a golf and spa break we have a fantastic range of luxury holidays to Portugal. The beautiful island of Madeira offers stunning views of the sea from most of the hotels, as well as rural interiors and upmarket restaurants where you can enjoy a fantastic range of dishes. Local vineyards mean you can enjoy a spectacular variety of wines, while the farmlands ensure all of the menus are created using locally sourced fruit, vegetables and seafood.
The Algarve is home to pristine Blue Flag beaches where you can enjoy lively water sports and bustling tavernas, as well as finding your own secluded cove. Head to the Lisbon Coast for beachy towns within easy reach of the country’s capital where you can experience this history and culture of Portugal. Take the cable car through the cobbled streets leading down to the sea or indulge in delicious international cuisine.
With short flight times and year round sun, Portugal is a fantastic choice for a family holiday. Travelling with little ones can be a bit of an act. From finding the best family friendly accommodation to packing all the right things, it takes a lot of planning and organising.
Portugal has a mix of climates, including Mediterranean, so the weather depends on where you’ll be visiting. The Algarve in the south is famously sunny, with temperatures soaring from June and often peaking at 30°C in July. Winter and spring are pleasantly mild, too. Down in Madeira, meanwhile, an equal serving of sunshine in summer and rain in winter is what makes its famous gardens blossom. It tends to be a little milder down here in the winter, with temperatures in the mid-to-high teens.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal.
Tipping in Portugal is generally optional. At cafés and when taking taxis, you can just round up to the nearest euro. When in restaurants, it’s common to leave around 10%.
The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.