With the Atlantic Ocean on its west and the Spanish borders to its right, Portugal is more than just the beaches and golf resorts in the Algarve. Charming cities such as its capital Lisbon, and picturesque little towns such as Sinatra are rich in architectural heritage of Gothic monasteries, castles of the Moors and even Roman ruins. Its landscapes of hillsides, valleys and rivers offer a wonderful scenic splendor as you travel from one region to another something highly recommended and easy to do as their motorways are wide are traffic free.
The Algarve is the most popular region in Portugal for holiday makers with in many resorts and beautiful beaches so a great choice for summersun and family holidays. Its all year round warm climate makes it a great all year round destination. Golfing holidays are also very popular, there are many golf course particularly around Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Loboas. These resort are less touristic and have great facilities such as tennis centres and marinas.
Portugal has a long history of great surfing. Its long peninsula offers a unique advantage in its variety of waves. Peniche and Baleal have some wonderful remote beaches with constant breaking waves perfect for surfing. The all year round sunny climate of the Algarve offers 12 months of uninterrupted surf. There are a lot of surf camps and academies in Portugals mainland as well as on the Island of Madeira.
Whether you are looking for a city break, romantic holiday, summersun and family holidays, surfing holiday or golfing holiday Portugal has a lot to offer. For more information on Portugal call our specialists at Diplomat Travel on 020 7730 2201.
Main Towns and Cities:
Lisbon, Porto, Sinatra, Faro, Funchal, Estoril, Albufeira, Vilamoura, Armação de Pêra, Lagos, Peniche, Sagres, Baleal.
Language: Portuguese but English is widely spoken in mainland Portugal, Maderia and the Azores.
International dialling code: 00 351
Main Airports: Lisbon (LIS), Porto (OPO), Faro (FAO), Funchal (FNC) and Ponta Delgada (PDL)
Typical flying time: Porto 2 hours, Lisbon 2 hours 20 minutes, Faro 2 hours 30 minutes, Funchal and Ponta Delgada 3 hours 30 minutes
Visa Requirements: No Visa is required for British passport holders
Health requirements: None
Currency: Euro (All major credit cards accepted)
Tipping: Service and taxes are usually included in hotel bills but tip staff. Restaurants include a service charge, where sevice is not included it is customary to leave a 10% tip.
Electricity: 230-240 volts (Adaptor required)
Driving: They drive on the right. An international driving licence is required