Portugal is a gorgeous European country that attracts visitors from all across the globe with its sunny climate, World Heritage Sites, charming cities, pristine coastline, top-class golf courses and vineyards. For such a small country, Portugal has a large choice of leisure attractions and experiences, and it’s less than a 3 hour flight from the UK, so it’s ideal for a short-haul getaway. Brightsun Travel has a great choice of holidays to Portugal from the UK.
Portugal is culturally diverse, especially when it comes to food; the country’s cuisine has a variety of European influences. Here you can sample signature dishes such as salted codfish, grilled meat, casseroles and Portuguese custard tarts. Portuguese wine is also worth noting; the country is renowned for its port wines, though its whites and reds are just as mouth-watering, especially when sampled at the wine region of Douro amidst a backdrop of lush vineyards and hillsides.
Experience Lisbon, the vibrant Portuguese capital which is best known for its contrast of old-world charm and modernity. Here there are plenty of bustling markets, night spots, museums, historic monuments and ancient ruins. If beaches and relaxation is more your thing, consider the Algarve region on the southern coastline of Portugal which boasts picture perfect bays, beaches, coves and charming fishing towns.
Estrada Monumental 274, 9000-100 Funchal, Portugal
Tv. Salitre 7, 1269-066 Lisboa, Portugal
R. dos Estados Unidos da América 34, 9000-090 Funchal, Portugal
Estrada Monumental 335, 9000-236 Funchal, Portugal
Estrada Monumental 248, 9000-100 Funchal, Portugal
Portugal’s Algarve region is located on the country’s southern coastline, blessed with a number of stunning beaches, coves, bays, sea caves, and rock formations. It’s the perfect place to relax, unwind, sample authentic food, enjoy pleasant warm weather, and escape reality. There are many colourful neighbourhoods in the Algarve, filled with trendy restaurants, cafes and bars. Check out our great value Algarve holiday packages and treat yourself to a Portuguese getaway this year.
The Algarve beams with historic charm; there are a number of impressive ancient landmarks to admire here, including the Sé Cathedral in Faro and Silves Castle. You can get a feel of the city’s rich past by browsing old fishing markets, admiring Moor homes and visiting museums. The open-air Cerro da Vila museum is particularly worth visiting, which allows you to walk along the ruins of a Roman villa.
The Algarve’s 100+ beaches provide an abundance of leisure opportunities including surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, banana boat rides, and kayaking, to name a few – and if you’d prefer to sit back and sunbathe, then you’ll still be in the right place. Other outdoor adventures you can enjoy here include mountain climbing, golf, camping, hiking, kitesurfing, and snorkelling. There’s something fun for everyone in the Algarve.
Lisbon is the gorgeous hilly capital of Portugal, situated on the banks of the River Tagus with an interesting blend of contemporary appeal and historic charm. It’s an idyllic city break hotspot where you can browse bustling markets, spend the evening at trendy rooftop bars, check out cool museums and discover ancient ruins. We offer cheap holidays to Lisbon from the UK and luxury Lisbon holidays – make travel fun, book with Brightsun.
Lisbon is an excellent sightseeing destination with many impressive landmarks to marvel at. There’s the Sao Jorge Castle, which is situated atop the Sao Jorge hill; this medieval castle dates back a number of centuries and was formerly home to the kings of Portugal. Another notable landmark is the Belém Tower, which was built to defend the country in the early 1500s.
There are some awesome daytrips you can take from Lisbon; the Portuguese capital is within close proximity to a number of blissful beaches which can be reached via public transport. The Sintra region of Portugal is worth visiting, situated just a 30 minute drive from the city. Here there are plenty of natural wonders to admire, plus impressive palaces, villas and castle ruins amidst the pine-covered Serra de Sintra hills.
Madeira is situated in the Atlantic Ocean and forms port of Portugal, comprising 4 islands off the coast of Africa. Visit Madeira and look forward to admiring diverse natural settings such as ancient rainforests, mountains, sandstone cliffs, coastal valleys, black beaches, and old water channels called levadas, as well as natural swimming pools with crystal-clear waters. The finest way to explore Madeira’s natural landscapes is by hiking one of its levadas; there are over 1000 trails to choose from!
Madeira is blessed with a pleasant subtropical climate with weather averages of around 25ºC in the summer months, and 17ºC in winter. This means that you’ll probably have good weather to enjoy whenever you decide to visit, and allows for prime conditions to enjoy outdoor activities all year round including wildlife spotting boat trips, paragliding, canyoning, mountain climbing, and kite surfing. Book cheap holiday packages to Madeira with Brightsun and look forward to a myriad of unforgettable travel adventures.
There’s so much more to get up to in Madeira; the island produces some of the world’s finest fortified wines which you can sample at hotspots such as Câmara de Lobos and Blandy’s in Funchal, and the island is also the birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo, with a museum called Museu CR7 dedicated to this football legend and his many trophies. Finally, a trip to Madeira is incomplete without immersing yourself in culture at the Farmer’s Market, Mercado dos Lavradores.
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