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The Best of Portugal, Your Travel Guide

Updated on January 24, 2011


Portugal is a favourite travel destinations among tourists all over the world and is somewhere for you to go on holiday which has natural beauty, an abundance of culture and activities and perfect for all ages to visit. This guide will give you an idea of things to do while you are on holiday in Portugal.

Portugal has an incredible 600 miles of coastline, mostly sandy beaches and is certainly a beach-goers paradise. It attracts thousands of holiday makers with the Southern coast of the Algarve being one of the most popular areas to holiday.

Portugal has long sandy beaches East of Faro while towards the West, you will find the Ochre Rocks which are beautiful to sunbath in. The beaches are not all long and sandy and do vary, you have the weird and wonderful rock formations of the Algarve coves to the windswept expanse of Guincho near to Cascais. The beaches in Portugal have 18 blue flag beaches, the majority of these within the vicinity of Lisbon. The blue flag award is made up and rated on a number of things which can include the water quality, the beach facilities and whether they are family friendly beaches.

When visiting Portugal there are loads of activities and things to do and the country has so much to offer. Portugal has many water parks to go to and spend a packed out day with the family shooting down the slides and having fun in the lazy rivers. There is a huge array of different water sports and activities on the beach including paragliding and water skiing.

If you love Golf then Portugal is the place to go, its a golfers paradise with over 70 courses to choose from, they vary in difficulty and design and have all courses for beginners to professional. Portugal is home to the Portugal Masters and tournaments are regularly held for professional golfers from all over to come an play.

A great way to spend a day out, whether as a family or a couple would be see the Natural Parks at Minho and Tras-Os-Montes. Here you can experience the beauty of nature and visit the castle where you will get picture perfect views. Don't forget to take a change of swimming clothes with you though as the many streams and rivers that you will come across, are a great way of cooling down in the gorgeous climate.

If you an outdoor person and love nature and wildlife then why not take the opportunity to go whale watching. you will get to enjoy a boat trip out to sea and see if you can spot over 24 different species. After your day at sea and touched nature you will be able to visit the Scrimshaw museum where you will learn all about what you’ve just seen and be able to pick up some interesting facts.

Make sure to pick up some euros before you travel as this is the official currency and used throughout all of the shops, bars and restaurants. You can also take your credit and debit cards but be careful you don't occur lots of charges.

Overall Portugal is such a beautiful country with something for everyone, whether its history, sports, beaches or natural parks, you will not be disappointed and with an all year round warm climate, you can't ask for anymore.

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      travelespresso 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      What a lovely hub Vicki. I would love to have seen some photos to accompany your lovely words though!

      I've never heard of the Blue flag beaches and I wonder what that system means for me as a tourist.

      Thanks for your good work.

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