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Set on the south-western Atlantic coast of Europe, Portugal is a country of fine foods and wines, white beaches and crystal blue seas. Perhaps one of the most unique things about Portugal its eclectic landscape: a mixture of sandy shorelines and rolling green countryside, providing a truly breathtaking setting for a summer getaway. It’s not uncommon for hot countries to have a dry and dusty landscape, but Portugal is a lush oasis of verdant flora and vegetation, meaning there is beauty wherever you look. There is so much of Portugal waiting to be discovered and here we reveal some of the hidden gems that you may otherwise have not known about.
Madeira – Situated just off the coast of Morocco but officially part of Portugal, this Island is blessed with magnificent mountain ranges, picture-perfect villages of white-washed buildings and golden beaches. With temperatures averaging at around 23 degrees in August and September, this is the ideal heat for enjoying the sun while exploring everything that the Island has to offer. If you are travelling with children, then there is plenty to keep them occupied: take them to The Santa Cruz Aqua Park with its slides and pools (and for you, a bar)! When planning holidays to Madeira it may be wise to do some research about the area if travelling with children and make a list of places to take the kids when they’re in need of some entertainment.
Alvor – You’ll find this charming port town on Portugal’s southern coast. This little place is ideal for those who enjoy cultural landmarks and has its very own castle, dating back to the 7th century. Alvor is a fishing town so you mustn’t miss the opportunity to settle down in one of the cafes and enjoy some fresh seafood. Although small, Alvor also offers many activities – even those the kids will enjoy, such as water sports including canoeing and even sailing lessons. For the adults and those who prefer to stay on dry land, there are quaint churches and medieval streets to explore.
Cascais – 30 km from the country’s capital of Lisbon is Cascais. If you’re looking for somewhere with a great nightlife, then this may well be the place for you. With a variety of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from, you’ll have the ultimate chance to wind down with a cocktail or two after a busy day of sunbathing! Cascais has much to see and do, from a zoo for the kids to a wide range of ancient buildings for those who want to experience a bit of local heritage.