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With its 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 km of Atlantic Ocean beaches, Portugal makes for a lovely getaway whenever and wherever you choose to visit.
Each of Portugal’s seven regions has its own character and unique treasures. Pick the one that’s right for you and have a summer to remember!
Explore one of the seven Portuguese spectacular regions while saving on flights
1. Lisboa Region
Influenced by many cultures throughout its history, every historic neighbourhood of Lisbon features a unique village feel. Be sure not to miss out on the Belém’s World Heritage medieval quarters and modern leisure spaces, such as the Parque das Naçes.
Portugal’s capital opens the doors to a lush and diverse region that appeals to every sense and every taste. Just a short drive from Lisbon, you’ll see beautiful beaches and resorts that combine early 20th century villas and hotels with marinas, terraces, and wonderful golf courses.
Further along the coast, you’ll find not only picturesque seaside towns and world-class surfing beaches but also immaculate palaces scattered throughout the cultural landscape of Sintra.
2. Porto and the North
Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities — no wonder its whole core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.
You are welcome to begin your journey across the North of Portugal in Porto. The region is known all over the world for its Port wine, but it also boasts an architectural heritage that combines ancient churches with striking modern buildings.
If you want to experience Porto and the North to the fullest, take a cruise along the River Douro with wine tasting on board!
3. Centro de Portugal
Aside from the world’s largest waves in Nazaré, stunning castles, and mountain communities, there are historic villages, thermal springs, and some great wineries waiting for you in the heart of Portugal.
The local UNESCO list of world heritage sites includes the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, and the Coimbra University, among many others. If you’re after getting closer to nature, Serra da Estrela, the highest peak in mainland Portugal, is offering beautiful scenery, glacial lagoons and an endless choice of routes to explore.
They say life in the Alentejo goes at the pace of the wind. This region of south-central Portugal, yet unexplored by many, provides the perfect setting for slowing down and taking a deep breath.
Locals love Alentejo for its compelling scenery, including wheat fields, miles of almost deserted beaches on the west coast, castles and Roman ruins perched atop hilltop villages, olive groves, and vineyards. Come and admire those vistas with them!
Algarve is your spot for beach holidays of a lifetime.
The golden sand stretches far and wide here, framed by dramatic cliffs and secluded coves. Deep blue hues, warmth, and calmness of the ocean beckon to take a long swim and fully indulge in water sports.
6. The Azores
A brief history of the Azores: once upon a time, in the blue immensity of the Atlantic Ocean, Mother Nature has created a land with lots of natural wonders, ready to be explored.
Choose your favourite Azorean Island:
- Santa Maria: white-sand beaches and amphitheatre-like vineyards
- São Miguel: the largest one, famous for Sete Cidades, Fogo Lagoons, geysers, hot thermal waters and volcanic lakes, as well as for the unique stew dish Cozido das Furnas slow-cooked underground
- Terceira: World Heritage town of Angra do Heroísmo and some vibrant festivals
- Faial: lots of blooming hydrangeas, Marina da Horta (a popular mid-Atlantic stop-off for yachts), Capelinhos volcano
- São Jorge: the Fajãs and the cheese, a unique speciality with an unmistakable flavour
- Pico: vineyards planted in black lava fields
- Graciosa: green fields, vineyards and iconic windmills
- Flores: natural waterfalls and lakes carved out by volcanoes
- Corvo: bird watching
A natural paradise in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a dream come true for nature lovers.
There is something extremely inspiring about the exotic flowers that pop out in the background of the blue water and emerald green foliage. In total, two-thirds of the archipelago is a protected area. It is also here in Madeira that you find the largest Laurisilva forest in the world!
Portugal Before You Go FAQ
You can get the latest information for COVID-safe travel at GOV.UK Portugal Travel Advice. Please always check current rules before you go.
There are several ways to lower your health risks while you travel. Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, use hand sanitiser after coming in contact with high-touch surfaces, maintain social distancing, and wear a face mask. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not travel. Instead, you should self-isolate and get tested.
1. Go to the Skyscanner website or app and enter “Lisbon”, “Porto” or just “Portugal” as your chosen destination.
2. Select your travel dates or just select the whole month/cheapest month if you are flexible. Our colour-coded calendar will show the cheapest days to fly.
3. Voilà! You can now see the best flight deals to Portugal in the search results in ascending order.