The complete travel guide to Portugal

Planning a trip to Portugal?

Our comprehensive guide offers local advice about Portugal’s best-loved attractions, places to see and things to do.

Set in the south-western corner of Europe, Portugal is one of the most ancient nations on the continent, boasting a diversity of traditions and a proud seafaring history. Despite its diminutive size, the country is blessed with a variety of landscapes, from verdant mountains and golden plains to beautiful river valleys and miles of sun-drenched beaches.

Lisbon is Portugal’s laid-back capital – a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. Nearby Cascais is home to stunning beaches while a day trip to Sintra’s forests and fairytale castles is highly recommended. In the north, Porto is famous for its Port Wine and picturesque Douro region. If you’re looking for a dose of sun and sea, discover the gorgeous coastline of cliffs and golden beaches in the Algarve, as well as a number of excellent golf courses.

A short flight will transport you to the floating garden of Madeira  – a charming island boasting incredible natural beauty and ancient forests. And if you truly want to get away from it all, the breathtaking tranquillity and wilderness of the Azores islands is an enticing destination.

Finding accommodation is easy – click here to see our recommended 4 and 5 star hotels. We also offer plenty of general information to help you plan and prepare for your holiday, including tips about driving, language and gastronomy, as well as local weather forecasts and insights into Portuguese geography, history and culture. Looking for inspiration? Check out our photo gallery of Portugal’s enchanting towns, castles and monuments.

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