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Luxury Portugal Holidays

Great golf; better beaches

Portugal

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.

Portugal has something for everyone

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.

Destinations in Portugal
Algarve
The Algarve rolls out amber beaches and ocean-view golf courses along the cliff-fractured coast of southern Portugal. Wave-cut arches, long sands, lively beach resorts, whitewashed villages – it’s got them all.
Lisbon Coast
Lisbon is in vogue right now – but what about its coastline? Delicate dunes, beach resorts, lighthouse-crowned coves and great surf decorate the shoreline bookending the Portuguese capital.
Madeira
Madeira is an archipelago flung far off the south-west coast of Portugal. Most visitors hone in on the main island – also called Madeira – and its vineyards, beaches and flowering capital.

Family holidays in Portugal

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.


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When to go

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.  

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal.

Tipping

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%.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

Our pick of the top hotels in Portugal
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Blue & Green The Lake Spa Resort

Algarve, Vilamoura
  • Five star facilities include three swimming pools, restaurants and bars
  • Relax in the spa or on the sun loungers and terraces
  • Beautiful architecture and gardens make this ideal for a tranquil break

Pine Cliffs Village

Algarve, Praia da Falesia
  • Five star hotel perfect for families
  • Ideal for golf enthusiasts with a nine hole course on site
  • Direct access to a Golden Flag beach

VILA VITA Parc

Algarve, Porches
  • Direct access via steps to a secluded sandy beach
  • Ideal for families with seven swimming pools and kids club for 4-11 year olds
  • Deluxe rooms and family suites with an Algarve seaside theme décor

Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort

Algarve, Praia da Falesia
  • Perfect for family holidays with Kids Clubs suitable for children age 6 months–12 years
  • Direct access to Golden Flag awarded Praia de Falesia Beach
  • Personal service, luxury accommodation and a range of sporting activities

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

Algarve, Vilamoura
  • Contemporary and elegant 5-star resort
  • Family friendly with clubs for teens and kids and babysitting 24 hours a day
  • Surrounded by picturesque golf courses 

Palacio Estoril

Portugal, Lisbon Coast
  • Dates back to the 1930s and has hosted European royalty and WWII spies
  • The hotel is just a few minutes from a sandy beach, bustling town and golf course
  • Enjoy classic décor with modern facilities such as a world-class spa and wellness centre
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Samantha Grist

Madeira and the Algarve make a great multi-centre combination. Spend a week on the Algarve's beautiful beaches, then fly south to explore Madeira's dramatic mountains and valleys.

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