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Portugal Holidays

Portugal truly has it all for that unforgettable holiday- a fascinating history, warm, friendly people, gorgeous national parks and incredible beaches.

With so much natural beauty and character it’s no wonder that visitors return year after year to this beautiful haven. Portugal is bursting with an old-fashioned charm and its proud heritage can be felt everywhere.  Its medieval castles and picturesque villages scattered over meandering coastlines and flower-covered hillsides draw in flocks of tourists looking for the perfect holiday experience. The breathtaking sea cliffs, wild dune-covered beaches, protected coves and long sandy islands of Portugal's coastline have delighted visitors and locals alike for years.

We offer a range of Holidays to Portugal from sun holidays to city breaks and even an excellent range of christmas getaways, all of which will help you fall in love with this beautiful country. If you are planning to travel alone we also have an excellent range of solo-friendly options for your trip.

Our escorted holidays include return flights, the expertise of a knowledgeable local tour guide, hotel accommodation, all ground transfers and our exciting range of excursions and activities- ensuring your holiday is one to remember. 

Climate

Portugal experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers and wet winters. The summer time heat is cooled by sea breezes making the conditions extremely pleasant. Maximum temperatures reach approximately 25°C and the country experiences about 11 to 12 hours of daylight per day during this season. Winter on the other hand reaches a maximum of around 16°C and daylight hours are between 5 to 6 hours on average. September to November are the most popular times for Portugal holidays, as well as March to June.

Highlights

The Lisbon Coast

Located in the north of Portugal, this region has a variety of experiences to offer those on Portugal holidays. A visit to Sintra is a must, where the National Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the mountains, the castle has a fairytale-feel and was once home to the Portuguese Royal Family. Other notable sites in the region include the picturesque town of Óbidos, Alcobaça which is home to a 12th century monastery and the scenic fishing town of Nazaré.

Porto

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Porto is located in the northwest of Portugal and is known for producing excellent port wine. The city boasts an array of galleries and museums and presents outstanding architecture to persue at your leisure. Holidays to Portugal must include a relaxing boat ride along the Douro River, passing under six of Porto's magnificent bridges. Other highlights include the Ribeira quarter, the Chamber of Commerce, the Porto Cathedral, Palacio da Bolsa, Mercado do Bolhao and breathtaking views from the top of Clerigos Church.

The Algarve

Boasting superb beaches with quaint villages dotting the coastline, the Algarve is a location to add to the list for on a visit to Portugal. Located in the southernmost region of Portugal, it offers modern amenities and resorts for travellers but provides fishing ports and whitewashed towns for a peak into the roots and history of the region. Points and towns of interest include Lagos, Sagres, Cape St. Vincent, Silves, Faro Town and Olhao Market.

Madeira

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, between mainland Portugal and the Canary Islands, Madeira offers scenery unparalleled. The islands are known for their Madeira wine and sub-tropical conditions. Highlights include; Funchal offering markets, botanical gardens and wine tasting; the West Island with lava pools and a volcanic backdrop; and Lavada Walk, a path leading through the stunning Paradise Valley.

Food & Drink

In Portugal you can enjoy delicious food matched with beautiful local wines at incredibly reasonable prices. The local specialities Piri Piri chicken or 'Cataplana', and really fresh seafood, complemented by tasty, ripe vegetables and fruity olive oil. Vinho Verde is a refreshing, slightly sparkling white wine which is light in alcohol and a pefect match for grilled fish dishes.

Cuisine can vary significantly from region to region however. Madeira has many traditional specialities, including the ‘bolo de caco’ bread, and beef cooked on a skewer with garlic, bay leaves and sea salt. The açorda, a soup made of large pieces of bread, garlic, poached egg, winter savory and olive oil.  Fresh tuna and scabbard fish are popular, as are tasty dishes made from bacalhau (dried cod).

General Information about Portugal

Practical Information

  • Currency:Euro (€)
  • Local Time:WET (Western European Time)
  • Passport:A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements.
  • Climate: Subtropical climate with warm summers and extremely mild winters.

Average Prices for the Region

  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €2.50
  • Glass of wine: €3.00
  • Light lunch: €7.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.30

Packing List

  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

 

 

Peace of mind with Travel Department

Why us?

  • We’ve done the research for you, creating perfectly planned itineraries
  • Outstanding value for money – Flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions included in nearly all our tours
  • We are experienced and dedicated to your experience
  • No holiday surcharges –
    guaranteed

Our guides

  • Friendly and welcoming everywhere you go
  • Local experts, passionate about their area
  • Take pride in making your holiday memorable
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions

 

Our promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service

Fully protected

  • 24/7 emergency contact number while abroad.
  • We are a privately owned company and have been in business for over 20 years.
  • Travel Department holidays are fully licenced by the Civil Aviation Authority and are ATOL Protected.

Our Customers are fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority 
Air Travel Organiser’s Licence No. ATOL 9373