Portugal is a last-minute destination all year round thanks to its mild winters and pleasant summers. Especially the southern Algarve with its Mediterranean climate has beautiful beach weather. Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula, and is surrounded by Spain. The 832 km long Portuguese coastline borders the Atlantic Ocean. With long beaches, beautiful bays and impressive rocks, Portugal can offer everything beach and sea lovers want.
Portugal has a lot to offer in terms of culture, nature and adventure. Do you like sight-seeing? Then a last minute trip to Lisbon is a good idea. This is where the Torre de Belém awaits you. This defensive tower from the beginning of the 16th century consists of the typical Portuguese Manuel style. From this monument, you have a wonderful view of the Tagus.
Another top seller is Sintra with its palaces and castles. One example that stands out is the colourful Palácio da Pena, which towers high above the city. Travelling to the south of Portugal? Then visit Cabo de São Vicente in the Algarve. On this cape you will find an interesting lighthouse. This most southwestern point of Europe is impressive because of the endless views over the sea. This is why the cape is also called 'the end of the world'.
If you are heading for Porto, you should not miss out on a port tasting. This city is the birthplace of port. If you book a holiday home or apartment in the summer you can of course enjoy a day of sunshine on one of the beaches. Porto is situated on the Costa Verde, which means Green Coast, and has a number of beautiful sandy beaches such as Praia de Lavadores. For a cheap holiday to Madeira, the capital of the island of Funchal is one of the biggest attractions. You will find historic buildings here, such as the palace of São Lourenço or the cathedral of Sé do Funchal. The capital also shows that Madeira lives up to its nickname of 'Island of Flowers', including the Madeira Botanical Gardens full of exotic flowers, plants and birds.
Islanders can also book a last minute trip to Portugal. A great tip? Head to the beautiful flower island of Madeira. Or leave for the middle of the Atlantic Ocean for a holiday in the Azores. On the continent, the Portuguese landscape slowly changes from the green mountainous north into the vast plains of the Alentejo and ends up on the beautiful southern coast of the Algarve via a ridge. This is one of the most popular destinations in Portugal because of the many attractive seaside resorts and beautiful beaches with their special sand and rock formations. Do you fancy a city trip? Then Lisbon and Oporto will be to your liking. These cities also have an international airport. For a trip to the Algarve, the airport of Faro is the best place to land. From here you can quickly reach Monte Gordo, Albufeira or Lagos. Portugal can also be easily reached by car. Depending on the destination, the distance from the Netherlands is approximately 2,000 to 2,500 kilometres.
Throughout the year, events are organised in Portugal. From the Algarve to the Costa Verde. The happenings range from medieval feasts and culinary festivals to major sports tournaments and religious parades.
A popular event in Portugal is the annual medieval festival of Silves in the Algarve. You can immerse yourself in medieval atmospheres for days on end. Carnival is celebrated in the Algarve with parades in Albufeira and Faro. But the largest and oldest parade in Portugal can be found in Loulé.
Are you more of a sports fan? Then, during one of the last minutes to Portugal, you can enjoy sports competitions on an international level. For example, big names from the golf world meet each other during the Portugal Masters, which takes place every year in fashionable Vilamoura. Do you enjoy spending time at a golf club? Try this masterful course too!
Thanks to the varied landscape, you can do all kinds of things during a last minute holiday in Portugal. Walk right through the Algarve on the Via Algarviana. In Portugal, you can also go horseback riding. There are plenty of riding schools all over the country. Are you a real adventurer? There are also many exciting sports for you to practice.
In the Algarve, it is possible to go climbing, canoeing or diving. Furthermore, the Atlantic Ocean with its high waves offers great opportunities for surfers. Praia do Norte in Nazareth on the Costa de Prata has even had the highest wave a surfer has ever surfed on.
To relax in the evening with all the activities, you can enjoy the fado. This Portuguese song of life can be heard in various places in Portugal, but especially in Lisbon. This will be a great way to end the day before you return to your apartment or holiday home in Portugal.
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