The untamed, west coast of Portugal is literally, a surfer’s paradise. Portugal is one of the most charming destinations in Europe. From the cosmopolitan cities of Lisbon and Porto to welcoming beaches of the Algarve the best known Portuguese region to most European tourists. The Algarve offers a variety of holiday resorts, beautiful beaches with over 69 blue flag beaches and year round sunshine. Since Portugal is so compact, it’s easy to explore the more remote beauty spots by car. Goeasy Travel has arranged the best value Car Rentals in Portugal, pick any location, Portugal is a land of infinite options and astonishing beauty.
Lying immediately west of Spain, Portugal is one of Europe’s smallest countries measuring a mere 560 km in length and 220 km wide. Home to 10.5-million people the country is blessed with beautiful weather. The natural advantages of a sunny country with such diverse geographic features have turned Portugal into a chosen destination for many holidaymakers. The stunning golden beaches of the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost province, with its white-sand beaches and distinctive architecture.
Check out the wonderful silver coast and the choices of river cruises on the River Douro offering a wonderful chance to experience the towns that make the famous ports and wines of that area. Discover the area of Alentejo with new direct flights from London Heathrow into Beja Airport allowing you to explore this unspoilt area of Portugal and gives you the ability to take trips in to the neighbouring spanish Towns. Other towns to consider in Alentejo are Redonodo (renowned for it’s pottery), Vila Vicosa, Estremoz, Monsaraz and the carpet making town of Arraiolos.
Weather in Portugal
Mild year round. Summers are dry and clear, with warm sunshine extending long into Autumn. Winters are moderately cool and are the rainiest time of year, except in subtropical Madeira, where there is little rain. Mid-Summer temperatures range in the 70 F, while Winter temperatures range from the low to mid-50s.
Events in Portugal
The large towns offer a huge variety of entertainment. There are many nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, stage shows, folk dancing and music performances. The traditional Fado can be heard in many restaurants and performances usually begin at about 10.00 in the evening. The theatre season runs from October to May, or you can visit one of Portugals casinos in Estoril, Figueira DA Foz, Espinho, Alvor, Vilamoura or Monte Gordo.
Essential Information about Portugal
Capital City – Lisbon
Language – Portuguese
Currency – Euro
Electricity – 220V
Flight Time – Average 2 to 4 hours from London
Time Difference – Mainland and Madeira GMT other than 27 March to 11 October GMT +1 hour
For more information see the Portugal Tourist Board