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Portugal Travel Guide

Portugal is a great place to visit all year round and although it’s temperatures may not always be scorching, the country is quieter out of season and prices are lower than usual for a destination that is already affordable.

Average Temperature for May-June: 20-25°C 
Travel time from UK: 2-4 hours

Time difference: GMT +0
Local currency: Euro

 

Madeira

Known as the European Hawaii, this subtropical island system has become one of the most popular locations in Portugal and is best known for its hiking, seaside relaxing and as a winter sun retreat. In need of some warmer weather? You're in luck with Madeira, weather in Madeira doesn't need to be a factor when planning your getaway, the temperatures are stable throughout the year which makes Madeira the perfect destination! Visiting the main island and the smaller adjacent islands is always a good plan and Porto Santo is where beach lovers will find one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the whole of Portugal. Other landmarks in Madeira and the smaller islands include the house that once belonged to Christopher Columbus, the Cristiano Ronaldo Museum, called Museu CR7, and the Madeira Wine Museum.

Porto

Porto has beautiful architecture with a mystical heritage that runs within its narrow streets and colourful houses. With breath-taking views from the city and the Douro River, there is no end of places to explore. Porto is a great destination for families looking for a city break within Europe. The Portuguese are very friendly and open towards families, and children will be welcomed in all their hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. There is a range of activities that will entertain children, including tram rides, boat rides and the cable car. Don’t forget to visit the Douro Valley whilst visiting Porto to see some fabulous vineyards to taste some extraordinary wine!

Algarve

The Algarve is one of the best places to go, famed for its sunshine, pristine beaches, and extensive Atlantic coastline, each of the major cities is worth visiting including Albufeira, Lagos, Vilamoura and Portimão. Small bays of topaz blue waters and fascinating cliffs like Benagil Beach near Lagoa can be found across the Algarve and don’t worry about not speaking Portuguese if you need directions as many locals in the Algarve are more English-speaking than Portuguese. Be sure to check out the small Islands off the cost of Olhão for a unique day out as the beaches are served all year with regular ferry crossings from Olhão’s jetty, near to the municipal gardens. Ilha da Culatra is the bigger of the two islands and has permanent year-round residents as well as summer visitors.

 

Óbidos

About an hour-and-a-half drive from Lisbon, Óbidos is a like a fairytale location it's even got a castle open for exploration. Set within city wall that you can walk the entirety of, this Charming, picturesque, and romantic City is a great place to snap some beautiful pictures. Expect traditional white houses set behind bright flowers and souvenir shops, this city has developed a reputation as one of the most romantic destinations in Portugal. While visting, be sure to stay at The Pousada Óbidos that is ultra-romantic solely for its architecture and the castle's restaurant takes an extra step to make sure visitors have an experiance of a lifetime where you can enjoy a meal at either the Moon Table or the Sunset Table, the secluded view of each scene transports you straight into another world.