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Luxury holidays in Portugal

Sun-drenched surfer’s paradise, abundant in history and charm

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Boasting a BIG and colourful history that seeps into every element of the country’s modern-day charm, Portugal is a destination that continues to grow in popularity. The exquisite coastline makes it a popular place to enjoy a beach break and due to the rolling swell of the Atlantic, Portugal also presents some of the finest, largely undiscovered, surfing conditions in Europe…

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Bordering Spain, it’s a striking country with dramatic, rugged coastline, where deep-sea fishing for marlin and dolphin watching are two popular pastimes for visitors. Its position in the Atlantic also provides the opportunity for surfing, body boarding and other water sports, as well as offering much appeal for those simply looking to relax and bathe on the incredible white-sand beaches.

Portugal’s rich history is evident in the eclectic mix of architecture found throughout the old and new cities. The Moorish and Roman influences can be witnessed throughout the country, with the centre of Évora designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the Moorish castle of Sintra is a must if you’ve an interest in history or architecture.

The capital, Lisbon, offers its own unique charm, where pretty buildings, pastel hued with ornate tiled facades, sit astride narrow cobbled streets and tram lines which to this day carry locals and visitors to the bustling markets and shops touting tasty local produce such as herbs, grilled sardines and custard tarts. Indulge in a city with a slower pace, and get lost amongst its modern amusements, such as designer boutiques and its contemporary café-culture feel.

The Algarve area is simply stunning with its blue skies and azure seas, offering mass appeal. It’s where shopping, nightlife and spa days can fit perfectly into your holiday itinerary. Art exhibitions and museums showcase the remarkable talents of the Portuguese and acres of manicured courses will keep keen golfers entertained.

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