Regions: Portugal Overview

Get To Know Portugal

Nevski Cathedral

Bulgaria's Nevski Cathedral

For a wonderful, exciting place to go on holiday in Europe, it would be hard to do much better than Portugal. Located in the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal might be next door to Spain but the country is actually very different, making it a great place to explore.

There is a fantastic range of things to do within Portugal, as well as many great choices when it comes to accommodation.

Landscape & Climate

The geography of the country is really varied, which makes it great for people who are looking to explore.

Borovets Ski Run

Skiing in Borovets

For instance, in the south of the country you'll find beautiful beach destinations such as the Algarve. Then, slightly further north you will find areas such as the Alentejo region where the ground is almost like a desert.

The centre of the country is largely populated by rocky mountains, while the north features lots of green mountains covered in trees and vines.

In terms of the weather, Portugal is fairly warm, which makes it a great place to stay at most times of the year.

Portuguese villa properties are especially popular during the hot summer months: during July and August temperatures can get up to 40 degrees or more.

However, it isn't uncommon for the mountains in the north of the country to experience snow in the cooler winter months. There is also some variation between different parts of the country, which is something to bear in mind if you're planning a trip.

For instance, the Azores are much rainier than Madeira, which experiences very low levels of rain in general. As one of the warmest European countries, though, Portugal is great place to visit in all seasons.

History & Culture

Nevski Cathedral

Bulgaria's Nevski Cathedral

Portugal also has a long and interesting history, which is well worth exploring if you decide to take a trip there. The country is more than 900 years old and has played an important part in world history.

Its explorers discovered much of the New World and also created an empire by colonising areas of Africa as well as other countries such as East Timor, Brazil and Macau.

The country has also had its share of turbulence: like much of Europe, Portugal was once ruled by a monarchy but this was overthrown in 1910.

The early years of the republic were very fragile and a military dictatorship took its place until the country was liberated in the 1970s.

In 1986, Portugal joined the European Union and even though it still experiences some economic difficulties it has developed into a fantastic destination for tourists.

It is possible to access Portugal by plane, train and bus (from Madrid and Paris), as well as by boat.

When travelling around in the country, the bus is popular and the train is good for some journeys. There is also a Metro system in Lisbon and Porto, the two largest cities.

Something For Everyone

There is a lot to do in Portugal no matter where you stay, so if you do decide to visit then you certainly won't be bored.

Bulgarian Kebapche

Kebapche, Bulgarian Cusine

The capital city of Lisbon is vibrant and exciting, and has some great nightlife. If you prefer a typical beach holiday then head for the Algarve which is well-known for its beaches.

The islands of the Azores and Madeira are also great for natural wildlife and scenery, and Portugal is also known for its impressive selection of golf courses.

Overall, there is so much to see and do in this exciting country that you're sure to want to go back again and again.

There are lots of villa rentals in Portugal, and these offer great accommodation for parties of a range of sizes. There's plenty of choice so you are sure to find a villa to suit you in this beautiful, intriguing Mediterranean country.

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