Portugal Vacation Guide
Famous Portuguese explorers like Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco da Gama have been credited with discovering much of the New World. Now it's time to return the favour and discover the country of the explorers themselves, where you can visit mystical Moorish palaces in Sintra, travel the wine route in Porto and Gaia, cruise down the Rio Duoro, or live it up in South Portugal's beach towns.
Cosmopolitan Lisbon effortlessly mixes trendy restaurants and bars with medieval churches and fortresses, and is the best introduction to the rest of Portugal and its people. Away from the capital, there are quaint university towns, Stone Age relics well preserved to this day, and terraced riverbanks which provide an idyllic backdrop to sip on your wine and watch the world go by. Depending on what you're in the mood for, you can grab a cheap all inclusive deal for a stress-free seaside vacation on the Algarve, or simply book a holiday package which includes your flights to Lisbon, a couple of nights at a hotel, and a rental car in which you can head off and explore the country at your own pace.
Top Destinations in Portugal
How to Save on Vacations to Portugal
Going off the beaten path is one of the many ways you can save you big bucks on Portugal vacations. For example, skip out on the crowded southern beaches packed with water sports activities and thousands of sunbathing tourists, and head instead to the quieter shores of Cascais near Lisbon. Not only will you have more breathing room, you will also save on transport from the capital and get a better discount on your hotel rates by staying for two or more nights.
Flights to Lisbon or Porto are usually the best option for cheap Portugal vacations, but if you're booking well in advance, all inclusive vacation packages could get you great discounts on direct flights to the islands of Madeira or the Azores, as well as Faro, in the South. You can then save on inter-city flights or a rental car by arriving in area where you will be spending most of your time.
Portugal's peak tourist season runs from June to September when the average temperature soars into the low 30s (Celsius), and cloudless, sunny skies are the order of the day. But with year round temperatures hovering between 15-18°C, you can book a vacation to Portugal at practically any time and still enjoy some amount of good weather. This is especially true for the country's south coast which is seemingly excluded from the rainy season which lasts from November to March in the rest of Portugal. Discount deals are particularly easy to find for vacations in the Algarve and if you book in the off-peak season — before or after the summer months — the prices drop even lower.