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?

What is the Festival of the Ocean in Lisbon?

festival-oceanosEvery year in Lisbon, they celebrate the Festival of the Ocean (Festival Dos Oceanos) for a two week period.

This year’s festival begins on the 30th of July – so if you’ve got a holiday booked to Lisbon in the next couple of weeks, then you are in luck.

Every year the festival attracts around 300,000 people to the city for a series of events that span a fortnight, day and night.  Most of these events are free and can be found all around the city.

There is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for tranquil street performers of wild parties in the evening – you can find it at the Festival of the Ocean.  The events include street performers, concerts, fireworks, cultural entertainment and more.

The first Festival of the Ocean was in 1999 and its objective was to maintain the national spirit achieved from the EXPO’98.  They had clear objectives when they created the festival, looking to promote a cultural event that would increase tourism to the country in months which usually suffered from a lack of tourist interest.

The event has proven to be a success and now attracts masses of tourists who will stay in Lisbon for the entirety of the two weeks to ensure they don’t miss any of the concerts or events.

The event is based in three areas of Centro Histórico, Belém and Parque das Nações.  These areas weren’t picked randomly; they were selected for good reasons.

The historic centre (Centro Histórico) is supposed to resemble the soul of Lisbon due to its copious amounts of history.  Bethlehem (Belém) is often considered the cultural hub of the city due to its many museums.  Finally the Nations Park (Parque das Nações) is supposed to play the role of modern Lisbon and has some of the best tourist facilities in the city.

Will you be visiting Lisbon for the festival this year?  Or perhaps you’ve been before?  We want to know, leave a comment below.

Visit Portugal, An Unrivalled Holiday Destination

Porto Covo, Alentejo Coast, Portugal

Portugal’s stunning coastline | Photo by Nuno André Silva

For a wonderful, exciting place to go on holiday in Europe, it would be hard to do much better than Portugal.

Located in the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal might be next door to Spain but the country is actually very different, making it a great place to explore.

There is a fantastic range of things to do within Portugal, as well as many great choices when it comes to accommodation.

Geography and Climate

The geography of the country is really varied, which makes it great for people who are looking to explore.

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