The untamed, west coast of Portugal is literally, a surfer’s paradise. It 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 it is so compact, it’s easy to explore the more remote beauty spots by car. Go easy Travel has arranged the best value Car Rentals in Portugal, pick any location as it 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 unspoiled area that gives you the ability to take trips into 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 the casinos in Estoril, Figueira DA Foz, Espinho, Alvor, Vilamoura or Monte Gordo.
Honeymoons in Portugal
Whether it’s a short romantic break of a week or two of luxury, Portugal offers an excellent choice for any honeymoon. why not combine the two with a city break in Lisbon and then a week at the coast in Algarve in one of the many 5 star boutique luxury hotels or if on a budget a one of the many self-catering options available in the Algarve.
Weddings in Portugal
Getting married in Portugal is not as easy as some other countries in europe. There is the small detail of a minimum residency requirement of 30 days. On top of this the bride and groom will need 4 witnesses, a certificate of no impediment and certified translations of all required documents above issued within the last 6 months with apostille stamps.
As always with a marriage in europe the bride and groom will require the following documents
“Full birth certificates showing both parents’ names
“If divorced, you will need to provide your original final divorce papers
“If widowed, you will need to provide the death certificate of your former spouse
“If either the bride or groom have changed their name then legal proof of the name change will be required.
Lastly the Bride and groom cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption
If you would like more information or a quotation on a wedding in Portugal please call 01256 536020 or email
Golf in Portugal
If golf is your game then Portugal is the place to go. There are so many excellent championship courses to choose from the hardest part is deciding where to go and which golf courses to play. If you decide on the Algarve you can’t go wrong by staying in one of the many hotels in Villamoura and using the free golf shuttle bus to get from your accommodation to the golf course.
For more information on Portugal Golf Courses call 01256 536020
Driving & car hire in Portugal
In Portugal all road traffic drives on the right. You will need legal ID; valid national or international driving license, both with photographs, car registration documents or equivalent, proof of ownership of the vehicle or equivalent and insurance certificate. In the case of a hire car, the driver should also bear the hire contract. In addition to any speed limits indicated by the signs, drivers of cars and motorcycles are subject to the following speed limits: 50 km/hour (31 mph) on towns and villages, and 90 km/hour (55 mph) and/or 120 km/hour (75 mph) on main roads or motorways.
On the spot fines are applied for speeding and other traffic fines. Seat belts are compulsory in front and rear of vehicles at all times. The alcohol limit in Portugal is 0.05%. An alcohol reading of more than 0.12% will result in imprisonment.
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 visit the country Tourist Board