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Holiday Letting Price Information in Portugal
In the above graph, you can see Portugal is most expensive in July (13/07 - 20/07), when prices are on average £98 a night. The cheapest week to book a holiday rental is in November (23/11 - 30/11).
Holiday Home Availability Information in Portugal
Check how busy Portugal is with our availability graph. The week with the lowest percentage of available properties is in August (03/08 - 10/08). It will be easy to find a holiday home that suits you in one week in October (19/10 - 26/10), when 81 of the rentals are still available.
Enjoy life to the fullest in a Portugal villa rental
Portugal has a wealth to offer visitors looking for a holiday off the beaten path. Whether you come by yourself, with a partner or with your family, our holiday lets will offer you a pleasant home away from home.
Many of our villa rentals are just a few minutes' walk away from the ocean, so you can enjoy the wonderful white beaches every day. If you are seeking an active getaway in Portugal, there are many holiday villas and apartments spread all over the countryside and even close to the treasured national park in the north.
How to get to your holiday villa in Portugal
Portugal has several airports and it is easy to fly into Lisbon, Porto and Faro, the three major cities of the country. You can also travel by train, but this is mostly between the major cities. In order to get around in the countryside and be more flexible, renting a car is highly recommended.
When exploring the main cities, using public transport is generally not necessary as most things are within walking distance. However, Lisbon and Porto both have underground systems and taxis are affordable.
What weather can you expect on your holiday in Portugal
Portugal has a warm Mediterranean climate, with temperatures varying between 16°C and 25°C, depending on the season. While July and August have the warmest temperatures, Portugal shows its prettiest side in April and May, with all its spring flowers and mild temperatures. Between November and March you will see the wettest months, although the rain never falls for too long.
What parts of Portugal to visit
A highlight for visitors to Portugal is its vibrant capital Lisbon, with iconic streetcars, colourful houses and romantic, winding lanes. Rent a villa or holiday apartment here and you'll find endless places to explore.
Art and museum lovers can enjoy contemporary art in its many museums, such as the Berardo Collection Museum. Other great destinations for culture connoisseurs are the Castelo de São Jorge, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém, all of which impress with their typical Portuguese architecture and historical relevance.
If you're heading to Lisbon for a few days, Sintra is an absolute must-see. A short train ride from the capital takes you to this gorgeous town dubbed "glorious Sintra" by Lord Byron. Walk or take the bus up to the Pena Palace, a Disney-like castle with panoramic views over the forest.
Housing a 13th-century university, one of the oldest in Europe, Coimbra - just north of Lisbon - has plenty to offer history buffs and fun-seeking families. Gape at Sé Velha, a cathedral with a dramatic, fortress-like appearance, and take the kids to Portugal dos Pequenitos, a theme park with miniature towns.
In the beautiful far north of Portugal is the quaint city of Braga, where Bom Jesus do Monte rests atop a grand staircase among manicured gardens. At this religious retreat, it's easy to understand why so many flock to Braga, although the Peneda-Gerês National Park here is also wonderful to visit.
In the ancient city of Évora, you can see one of Europe's most splendid examples of surviving Roman architecture, a Roman temple built for Emperor Augustus in the first century. The Neolithic graveyard and Catholic bone chapel add to the city's fascinating history.
6. Vila Real
For outdoorsy travellers looking for somewhere special, Vila Real has many hiking opportunities. Serra do Marão rewards active holidaymakers with views of the nearby mountain range. There's also an observatory atop a hill, and back in town is the Santuário de Panóias archaeological site.
Book a holiday villa near Portugal's best beaches
For many, trips to the seaside are synonymous with Portuguese holidays. Here's what to expect from the coastal areas in each region, from the popular sunshine spots of the south to the more secluded northern beaches.
Coastal hotspots in the Algarve In addition to being home to the popular city of Albufeira, the Algarve has plenty of sublime beaches to tempt sun-seeking travellers. Lagos has a white sand beach and stunning cliffs, while Praia do Barril is a favoured spot for windsurfing and other watersports.
Beaches close to Lisbon Take the train for about 30 minutes from Cais do Sodré in Lisbon's centre, and you'll reach a selection of superb beaches. Check out Estoril, where you'll find the casino that inspired Ian Fleming to write the James Bond novel, Casino Royale, or popular Cascais, which is large and ideal for families. Parede, a quieter beach, is perfect for lazing with a good book and perhaps a cocktail as the sun slowly crosses the sky.
Northern Portugal's waters Matosinhos, a popular coastal area, is just 15 minutes from Porto. Travellers flock here for swimming, sunbathing on the golden sands, and a variety of watersports.
Holidays with children in Portugal
Portugal is an ideal destination for family holidays. Besides playtime at the beach, you can find many family-friendly villa rentals all throughout the country. Why not get comfortable in a hammock in a farmhouse near Coimbra while the kids are playing in the pool and waiting for a dinner from the BBQ? With a five-minute biking distance to nearby markets and bakeries and lush hiking trails through nature, every day will be full of adventures.
Nightlife, fado and more!
Even though most Portugal holiday villas will provide you with your own cooking facilities, you should also enjoy the local cuisine and visit restaurants near your holiday letting. In Lisbon, the Belcanto has become a favourite among travellers due to its top-notch quality and excellent wine menu. To learn more about Portuguese food and wines, you can join tours around wine regions and stock up on many full-bodied, fruity wines.
If you are looking for exciting nightlife, look no further than the Portugal holiday villas throughout the Algarve. Albufeira and its bar street, called 'the strip', are especially famous for nightlife. You will find no shortage of bars and restaurants, each with their own live shows and music.
Naturally, Lisbon has its own brand of nightlife. For instance, check out a Fado concert, where you can hear the famous traditional music that is Portugal's answer to flamenco.
Nature holidays in Portugal
For those with wanderlust and a taste for hiking, excursions to Penedo-Gerês, Portugal's only national park, should be on your list. Hire a 4x4 car and head out from your Portugal holiday villa in the north to the beautiful park. Take a bath in the wild Arado Waterfalls and then overlook the sweeping landscape from the Pedra Bela Viewpoint before you relax at the Gerês Spa village.
Events and festivals
Portuguese summers are full of festivals. For a good dose of music, the NOS Alive and Super Bock, Super Rock in Lisbon, and NOS Primavera Sound in Porto are among visitors' favourites and will add some festive atmosphere to your stay in your Portugal holiday villa. If you are looking for a more cultural and artsy event, the Algarve's Med Festival sees the historic city centre fill up with a huge range of artistic events.
Your perfect holiday in Portugal: Where to book
The south, particularly in the Algarve, is where you'll find many of Portugal's best beaches, while central Portugal is home to the capital, Lisbon. The north features charming historic destinations such as Porto and Braga.
The sunshine region of the Algarve Portugal's south is the area most beach travellers think of when heading to the country. The Algarve has everything, from huge beaches to charming old towns, such as Albufeira, as well as excellent golfing and hiking opportunities.
Nightlife and beaches in Faro If you like the idea of combining city and beach life, head to Faro, the Algarve's capital. By renting a holiday villa here, you can easily access stunning small islands, such as those of Ria Formosa, and also find a vibrant night clubbing scene.
Wine tasting in Porto The northern city of Porto is synonymous with port wine, one of the country's most famous exports. Tour the wine caves here and stroll along the river past its many splendid bridges.
History in the capital Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, sits west of country's centre. It has easy access to dazzling beaches, such as Estoril and Cascais, and its castles, monasteries, and other monuments are well worth exploring. Check out São Jorge Castle, which sits atop a hill overlooking the old part of Lisbon.
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