Portugal, with its unexpected contrasts, is a country of many personalities. The white holiday beaches of the Algarve with their sophisticated resorts give way to the green Monchique hills, then to the cork tree-covered plains of the Alentejo stretching to Lisbon, among the loveliest of all European cities, and beyond to wooded and vine-covered hills encompassing vibrant towns of the north before finally reaching the Spanish border with Galicia.
Fames for its gorgeous beaches, quiet sandy coves, quaint cobbled villages and glorious hospitality the Algarve offers one of Southern Europe’s most sensitively developed beach destinations with some of the very best family-orientated resorts.
The canny traveller should visit this region before it is justifiably developed into the Portugal’s next luxury travel destination. From acorn-fed black pig hams (Pata Negra) to beautiful beaches reminiscent of the Algarve 40 years ago this as yet under explored location is well worth taking the road less travelled.
The charm of a city break to Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, is its combination of an incredible heritage with a wonderful, laid-back atmosphere. Once the centre of a great maritime empire, the modern city has re-emerged as one of Europe’s most attractive destinations.
A volcanic outcrop in the Atlantic Ocean, 500 miles southwest of its parent country Portugal, Madeira is an outstandingly beautiful island with a wonderful sub-tropical climate. The year-round warmth provided by Madeira’s special micro-climate makes it an ideal holiday destination.