Although Portugal is probably best known for its fabulous coastline, sun-kissed beaches, medieval buildings and delicious cuisine, it is also known for its advanced economy and infrastructure. Throughout its long history, the country has been inhabited by many, including Romans, Celts and Christians, all of whom have left their influence on its well-preserved, medieval towns and quaint fishing villages. Portugal is also home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites, and many protected landscapes, reserves and parks, including Peneda-Gerês National Park.
The Algarve has been a popular holiday destination since the 1960s, with thousands of tourists from Britain and beyond seeking its sun-drenched beaches, which it has in abundance. Often flanked by breath-taking cliffs like the one in Armação De Pêra, there’s a beach to suit every occasion, whether you’re paddling with toddlers or fancy a spot of deep sea diving. Children of all ages are well catered for in the Algarve, with many waterparks, including Slide and Splash in Lagoa.
Portugal is well known for its delicious and diverse cuisine, with something to suit all palates. Peri peri chicken is a popular takeaway dish, with seafood stew (known as ‘cataplana’) also served up in its many restaurants. If you want to party in the Algarve, then Albufeira is a popular hot spot, with several streets packed with karaoke bars and late night clubs. For a more relaxed evening, there are many resorts that offer decent entertainment for families, such as Carvoeiro. The arc-shaped beach gives way to a charming square with a stage for performers to entertain the crowds that fill the surrounding bars and restaurants.
The European country of Portugal is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on its western and southern side, and by Spain to the north and east.