Portugal is the perfect holiday destinations, with mesmerising medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches. The scenery is breath taking, take a walk or bike along the coast to see the stunning views or go for a mountain trek to bump into shepherds in the Serra da Estrela, or go exploring the pretty towns of the Minho. The old fashioned traditions of Portuguese village life, and their beautiful food will have you falling in love with the country.
If you love to learn the history of the country you are visiting then you’ll be happy to know the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians have all left their mark on the Iberian nation. You can gaze upon 20,000-year-old stone carvings in the Vila Nova de Foz Côa, watch the sunset over mysterious megaliths outside Évora or lose yourself in the elaborate corridors of Unesco World Heritage Sites in Tomar, Belém, Alcobaça or Batalha. Visit mist-covered woodlands, craggy clifftop castles and stunningly preserved medieval towns.
If you are looks you will be visiting whilst one of the many festivals that pack Portugal’s calendar is taking place. You will be able to drink, dance and feast your way through all-night revelries such as Lisbon’s Festa de Santo António or Porto’s Festa de São João. Or kick-up-your-heels country fairs in the hinterlands, and rock- and world-music fests all along the coast. Any time of year is right to hear the mournful music of fado in the Alfama, or join in the dance party in Bairro Alto.