Summer is coming and by this time it is only natural for you to be thinking of the best travel destinations for a dream holiday. As a rule, your thoughts might be pulled towards distant places and paradisiacal destinations, where the touch of mysticism that always permeates other countries and cultures is always apparent. Still, the truth is that to find paradise, we do not need to cross the border. Portugal, being a rich country full of the most splendid offerings, extends a range of beautiful and varied options that are (sometimes, literally) only two steps away.
From North to South, Portugal guarantees that everyone can find what they are looking for, and today, that's what we will show you with a quick visit to the best places to spend your dream holiday at based on your tastes and preferences.
Although we cannot promise that the descriptions will live up to the beauty of our country, we can at least invite you to join this trip and perhaps help you decide where your dream holiday will be.
Want a summer holiday on the beach?
We start from the south to show the splendour of the Algarve beaches, known for their warm, crystal-clear waters. Here, we can recommend destinations like Portimão, with its famous Rocha beach; the Lagoa, where the beautiful beaches of Marinha and even Albufeira that takes us to the amazing Olhos de Agua are located.
But the Algarve is just a taster for those who want to spend their summer holidays on the best beaches. By following the map, we can find destinations, such as the Alentejo coast, where you can not fail to experience beaches as beautiful as Comporta and Melides in Grândola; the Zambujeira do Mar beach in Odemira; the beach of São Torpes in Sines and the enigmatic (and less known) beach of Samoqueira, Porto Côvo. Already in the region of Lisbon, dream destinations to fulfill the summer pleasure will be the beaches of Adraga and Magoito, in the region of Sintra; Guincho beach in Cascais or Meco beach in Sesimbra.
In the central zone, for dream holidays, you can choose places like Figueira da Foz; the beaches of Torreira or Costa Nova; Osso da Baleia; or a touch of the river and sea offered by Foz do Arelho. In the northern zone, you can enjoy the Moledo beach, in Caminha; the famous Vedado Cabedelo beach; or the beaches of Aguda and Senhor da Pedra in Gaia.
Want a holiday in nature?
Your wish is granted! If what you are looking for is the green and secluded tranquility of the nature, to enjoy your summer holiday in a quiet way and away from the crowds, there are also several options in our country.
An obvious and never tiresome option is the wonderful scenery of the Serra do Gerês. This park was considered as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and where the sound of falling water and lush greenery offer the opportunity to experience the best of nature in peaceful surroundings. From here, we can go to Serra da Estrela which, contrary to what you may think, does not lose its charm when the snow melts. From here, the invitation will be extended to spend a dream holiday in the lesser known Serra do Espinhal, in the region of Penela, where you can get to know one of the places where the natural domain created a magical universe, returning to an old watermill next to the Cascade of Pedra da Ferida.
When descending towards the south, you will find the Arrábida National Park, next to Setúbal. Between breathtaking landscapes and also wonderful beaches, you will have the opportunity here to experience a fabulous holiday. Finally, next to Tavira, in the Algarve, see the beauty of Ria Formosa and discover the ideal destination for your holiday.
Want a holiday for pure fun?
Summer rhymes with fun and it is not by chance. We recommend that you visit Vila Real and its NaturWaterPark, a water park that also has a pedagogical farm; in the area of Foz do Porto, the World of Discoveries for a moment of culture and family fun; or take advantage of the wonders of a miniature tour of Portugal in Pequeninos, in Coimbra.
In Alentejo, in Vila Nova de Santo André, the Badoka Safari Park will take you to the wild world, and finally, the aquatic parks in the Algarve, such as Aquashow and Zoomarine will bring together the best in the world of marine animals and fun in the water .
We may not know what you are looking for in your summer holiday ... but we know for sure that Portugal has it all! Once you start your discovery trip, you will find out that Portugal is the true paradise.