Fancy a holiday that’s not too far away, relatively low-cost and is as close to perfect as possible? Then Portugal must be fairly high on your holiday hit list.
This fabulous sun-drenched holiday destination is as beautiful and as diverse as they get. A holiday in Portugal can be tailored to suit virtually every age, taste and budget imaginable. You’ve got weekend city breaks, romantic escapes, rural retreats and energetic voyages of adventure. For those with a selective palate, there is mile upon mile of vineyards basking in the non-stop Portuguese sunshine, and more than a few wine tours to help make your holiday that little bit sweeter.
And of course, who could wax lyrical about a holiday in Portugal without paying attention to its spectacular beaches? The coastline of Portugal is a magical affair that’s famous for the southern resort of the Algarve – and for good reason too. Here it’s all about sun-drenched beaches with long swathes of soft golden sands that sparkle under cloudless blue skies. Honey-coloured cliffs soar skywards, leaving pockets of welcome shade and natural windbreakers across the hot sands, while the frothing surf of the Atlantic provides a cooling respite from the summer sun and a great spot for watersports activities.
Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Whatever type of holiday tickles your fancy, you’ll find plenty of choice through major tour operators like Thomas Cook – especially where beach breaks are concerned. Thanks to the high level of competition, many holidays are reduced in price throughout the year too, which helps to make things that little bit easier. Or if you fancy something a little more tailored, you could always go down the DIY route and look for scheduled flights, teaming it with your own choice of accommodation.
From sun to surf, hills to valleys, mountains to cities, Portugal is a spectacular place that’s pretty close to perfect.