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Portugal – A sun-soaked land on the Iberian peninsula with plenty to offer to both short- and long-term visitors. Portugal’s greatest attraction is its gorgeous coastline, and in particular, the southern region of the Algarve. An array of top-class beach resorts (once sleepy fishing villages) provide luxurious ocean-side accommodation. The region’s year-round fine climate, and its easy accessibility mean that it is a popular winter sun destination. As well as the perfect place for a weekend getaway when the daily grind of city-life becomes too much. Seaside towns like Albufeira and Lagos are home to some of the best beach resorts in the Algarve. They provide a heady mixture of sheltered beaches, outstanding natural scenery and high-quality lodgings.

There is far more to it than its beaches, however. The Alfama district and the medieval town of Evora are home to some breathtaking architecture, and some true cultural treasures. Notable tourist sights in Lisbon include the Jeronimos Monastery, a prime example of Manueline architecture. The iconic Monument to the Discoveries, and the most-photographed building in all of the country, the Tower of Belem. This craggy, forested mountain range is also a great area for walking and hiking trails. It is also the place to go for those craving the pampering of a spa resort holiday. For the more active people there are skiing opportunities as well as many golf courses too.

The climate in Portugal

The south has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. There is very little rain and summers are warm, but refreshing sea breezes make for pleasant conditions. Summer temperatures in the Algarve can pass 86°F (30°C), and reach as high as 116°F (47°C) in the Alentejo. In the north the weather is wetter, particularly in winter, and cooler, with temperatures influenced by Atlantic currents and the Spanish Meseta.

So don’t delay, call Mint Holidays on 01282 930295 to book your holiday in Portugal today!