The 5 Best Beaches in Portugal

109-praia-dona-ana-beach-suWe are not lucky enough to be blessed with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches here in the UK, which is a real shame – because we clearly love them.

The heat wave this summer has seen our beaches swarming with the general population trying to soak up the most of this rare sunshine we’ve been enjoying.

However, when we find ourselves day dreaming of our holidays – what is it we’re thinking of?  More often than not, we are imaging lying on the beach, digging our feet into the warm sand whilst feeling the sun warm our bodies from head to toe, hearing the waves lap the shore in the background.

Okay, I got carried away then.  Anyway, the point is – we all love a beach and Portugal is the home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.  So we thought we’d take the time to compile a list of the best 5 beaches in all of Portugal, so you know where to go on your travels.

1. The Falesia Beach, Albufeira.

This beach boasts beautiful white sands and stretches long enough to deem it enough to take a long beach stroll.  There also some exquisite rock faces along this beach which give off an orange glow at sun set – a must see.  The water is lovely and clear, perfect for swimming in.

2. Ponta Da Piedade, Lagos.

This beach is famous for its beautiful caves and grottos, all of which can be accessed by taking the boat trips that can be found near the beach.  The beach offers free parking and has plenty of room so that even in peak season you can find your ideal spot for the day.

3. Praia Dona Ana, Lagos.

Another beautiful beach from the region of Lagos, this one with a slightly different type of sand that excellently doesn’t stick to your skin.  The beach also has two fabulous restaurants meaning you have the best of both worlds.  If you like exploring, you can also swim out to some of the coves and find some hidden beaches!

4. Troia Beach, Troia.

This beach is a lot quieter than some of the others but boasts the same stunning white sands and crystal clear seas.  Many deem it the best in Portugal and describe it as an absolute paradise.

5. Guincho Beach, Sintra.

A fantastically clean and well maintained beach, this is a surfer’s favourite – due to its wild waves because of the wind you often find here.  Making this perhaps not a favourite for people looking to relax.  But if water sports is your thing, then the Guincho beach is for you.

 

Where is the cheapest holiday in Europe?

article-0-05BE2F21000005DC-936_468x286Unfortunately this article may be a little late to the party, as a lot of our readers have probably either already been on their holidays or have had it booked for months!

We all know how much more fun it is to create the anticipation of a 4 month wait for your holiday; putting red crosses through each days as it passes on your calendar.

However, if you’re looking to catch a last minute deal – then this is the article for you. If you’re not, you can continue too – because it’s interesting and you know you want to!

A study was recently carried out by the Post Office Travel Money where they selected 12 typical holiday purchases and compared how much each would cost you in a lot of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations.

I read about this in an article in The Sun – and simply had to share some of the results with you.

You may now know that we’re quite big fans of Portugal here – but we promise to be in no way biased in this article.  Portugal came out on top, a lot.  It is deemed one of the most affordable holiday destinations this summer.

An example of this is that a family dinner for four will cost you on average £70 in Turkey, but only half of that in Portugal.  On top of that, a cup of coffee in Cyprus will set you back £2.70, as compared to just 63p in Portugal.

In fact the report states that in Portugal average prices have dropped by approximately 30% compared with the year previous.  This is a pretty big drop, but more surprisingly the average cost of food in sunny Portugal has dropped by a whopping 47%.

So there you have it, if you’re looking to save the pennies this year for your family holiday, look no further than Portugal.

Have you already been away this Summer?

Where did you go and how did the prices compare there?

10 Things You Did Not Know About Portugal

The 10.5 mile Vasco De Gama Bridge

The 10.5 mile Vasco De Gama Bridge

Portugal is often overshadowed by its next door neighbour, Spain.

A common consensus it that it is a lot like Spain – but that couldn’t be less true.

Portugal is an incredible country with its own amazing culture and history.

So here are ten things you may not have known about Portugal.

  1. Portuguese is spoken by approximately 240 million people around the world, and is the official language of 9 countries! It ranks in as the 8th most spoken language in the world.  The top 3 being: Chinese, English and then Spanish.
  2. A lot of people around the world are of Portuguese descent.  Estimates show that 12% of inhabitants of Luxembourg are of Portuguese descent.  More interestingly, Paris has the second biggest Portuguese city inhabitants outside of Lisbon.
  3. Last time you popped open a bottle of wine; chances are that the cork was made in Portugal, as they are accredited with over 50% of the world’s cork being produced there.
  4. The Portuguese Empire was actually the first global empire in the history of the world. It was in 1494, that the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed – which essentially gave Portugal the eastern half of the “New Word”, this included Brazil, Africa, and Asia.
  5. Portugal is the oldest country in Europe!  Portugal has had the same country borders since 1139, which makes it the oldest nation-state in the continent.
  6. The longest bridge in Europe can be found in Portugal, the Vasco De Gama bridge stretches for 10.5 miles and can be found in Lisbon.
  7. Portugal suffered one of the worst earthquakes in European history, killing 275,000 residents of Lisbon.  The earthquake recorded a 9.0 on the Richter scale and was followed by a tsunami – leaving a lot of the city in rubble; in fact reports say that almost 85% of the city’s buildings were destroyed!
  8. Portugal was the first colonial power to abolish slavery.  A long time before the US and Britain.
  9. Lisbon is the oldest European capital, only after Athens.  It is reportedly over 4 centuries older than Rome.
  10. Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, was the first man to sail around the world on his expedition in 1519.

So there you have it, 10 amazing facts about Portugal.

Next time you think of Portugal make sure to think of its rich history, or it’s incredible explorers.

The Climate of Portugal

Beautiful Beach in Faro, Portugal

A Beautiful Faro Beach | Photo by mac_filko

Portugal has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers being a particular feature which attracts many holidaymakers.

There are differences depending on the specific region you are staying in though so we have put together this short guide to help you decide which area would be best for you.

The Algarve

One of the most popular areas for the traditional ‘beach holiday’ the Algarve is generally the hottest part of Portugal during the summer months of July and August.

It has a long summer season and whilst temperatures don’t ever get too cold in the winter months (averages of around 12°C – 13°C Dec – Feb) from mid-May onwards it starts getting hot! July and August has averages of over 24°C and it stays well over 19°C right through to October.

Lisbon

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon (or Lisboa) has a very similar temperature chart to the Algarve however it stays a degree or so lower throughout the year.

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