Medieval castles, villages with cobblestone streets, beautiful coastal towns and golden sandy beaches: a trip to Portugal can offer so much. History, great food, wines, idyllic landscapes and a vibrant nightlife; and that's just for starters.
Luxury Holidays in Portugal
Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians - they all have contributed to what Portugal is nowadays. When you explore this country you discover the wonderful relics of the past, like 20,000-year-old rock carvings in Vila Nova de Foz Côa, the sunset over the megaliths at Évora or the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tomar, Belém, Alcobaca or Batalha. Portugal is full of palaces high above misty forests, fortresses on rugged cliffs and excellently preserved towns from the Middle Ages.
5 Great Reasons to Holiday in Portugal
- Portuguese delicacies; fresh bread, cheese, red wine, sparkling vinho verde, grilled fish, smoked meat, the culinary possibilities are endless
- Outside the city the scenic beauty of Portugal unfolds in all its diversity. You can stay in castles on hills or in old mansions against a backdrop of vineyards and olive groves
- More than 800 km of coastline offers plenty of space to enjoy the splendour of cliffs, you’ll have a wide view of the sea and can ride waves in front of tree-dune beaches or laze on sandy islands in the calm sea
- The lush Sado-Delta is home to many dolphins; we suggest you set out on a boat or kayak trip down the winding Rio Guadiana
- Silves in the Algarve, the cultural centre of the country during the Moorish occupation, is a sight for sore eyes, especially its red sandstone castle
Things to Do Whilst on Holiday in Portugal
The Portuguese have perfected the art of simple and delicious dishes as well as the art of savouring their cuisine properly. The wealth of the coast and the fertile land becomes clear once you sit down for a meal, and do make sure to polish off as many hot pastéis de nata (little custard tarts) as you can, you won’t regret it. A hike through the vineyards of the Douro valley is another highlight; here you’ll find the best port in the oldest recognised wine region in the world.
Portugal is a small country, with a large range of weather conditions. The country can be climatically split up into 3 main regions: the north, the south and the islands. However, all coastal regions see a variation of the Mediterranean climate type.
Interesting Facts about Portugal
- Area – 92,212 sq miles
- Population – 10,427,301
- The Portuguese language is spoken by more than 230 million people worldwide and is the official language of 9 countries
- Paris has the largest community of Portuguese people outside of Portugal and consequently is considered the second largest Portuguese city after Lisbon
Portugal Holidays in 2017
Drinking, dancing, food, festivals and celebrations; Portugal has so much to offer. Let Kenwood Travel take you on a trip to one of the most fascinating places in Europe.