Some of the freshest seafood in Europe washed down with a sumptuous glass of port... a Portugese vacation is always a gastronomic delight. Below are just some of the highlights submitted by you, our readers...
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Albufeira is a lovely old town. Somehow the Portugese seem to find the right balance between preserving these old towns and catering to tourists.
Perfect way to retreat in style, as long as your bank account has your back!
We went there for our homeymoon, and have absolutely NO regrets.
Jai & Nikki
Sao Joao & neighbouring Montechoro are a fair walk from Albufeira centre where the main shopping is. The nearest beaches are Prai da Oura and Praia de Santa Eulalia which are directly to the south... about 10 minutes.
Mr T Hill
Such an idyllic old town. We've been going there for years and whilst it continues to be developed, it's being done in a sympathetic way that allows the town to retain its charm. A+
Mr K Lewes
Albufeira is our favourite ever holiday resort... so much prettier & more civilised than the traditional spanish resorts we have been to in the past. Ideal for those with young kids. Thoroughly recommended.
Mrs Priti Shah
Stayed at Hotel Casino Algarve and it certainly was 1st class. Accomodation excellent, facilities wonderful. Praia De Rocha was quaint and interesting. Lovely relaxing break which I would recommend to everyone
Don't tell anyone but Alvor has managed to retain its traditional portugese feel despite the flood of tourists that now descend on the Algarve. There are two fish restaurants on the main promenade that literally take fish from the boats and put them straight on the barbecue... if you go at lunchtime you can eat a sardines that were swimming around half an hour earlier!
Armacao de Pera
A beautiful family orientated resort with picture perfect long sandy beaches. The walk up the old cobbled streets will be worth it.
We stayed in Villamoura the week before last (April 2010.) We hated the bland generic purpose built soul-less resort so we used our hire car to venture further. I had visited this bar in Carvoeiro on my last holiday in Portugal. I remembered it being the most wonderful place, hidden away from the crowds, secluded, and blissfully wonderful. I was thrilled to find it just as brilliant as I left it all those years ago. My boyfriend & I spent four wonderfully relaxed hours there. It still has the most amazing pri pri chicken & the friendliest staff i've ever met. CAN'T WAIT TO GO AGAIN. Wish I was there now...ahh! :-)
If you live an urban life why not come here and enjoy a week of rural quietness
This amazing ocean-side resort offers breathtaking views of rugged landscape and clear water along Portugal's beautiful coastline. Why don't you come and relax in paradise?
I visited the Algarve a few years ago. Despite only visiting Lagos briefly, it was nice to walk around. It is very touristy (as with most of the Algarve) but still nice especially if your into the maritime side of things. I seem to remember they also put on a great firework display !
Grand, majestic, historic and ever so memorable. When you are in Praca do Comercio (Palace Square) in Lisbon you are surrounded by the most stunning architecture as it stands on three sides of this area, also called Terriro do Paco square. Now I mentioned grand and it really is. On the site, for four hundred years, was a palace which was almost completely ruined in the 1755 earthquake which saw the demise of most of Lisbonís commercial centre of the day. We visited on a chauffer-driven, private tour in a smart, black BMW and our driver was well versed in the history of this stunning square and the surrounding architecturally amazing buildings, now used for government offices and some restaurants and cafes. The day we were there the huge 170m by 170m square was nearly full of little Smart cars, delightfully colourful with advertising all over them. The contrast of modern vehicles in the environment of such ancient and arched buildings was quite memorable for me and there was plenty to capture on my trusty camera - for sure! Near the Tagus river, this tourist attraction has plenty to see including the huge Arch of Triumph (Arco da Rua Augusta) which dominates the square. It has a clock and statues on it, including one of Vasco da Gama a Portugese mariner/traveller. Walk through the arch on your way to the shopping, commercial area of modern day Portugal. There is a huge, impressive, ornate statue of King Jose I on his horse. He reigned over the Portugese during the earthquake/tsunami and was responsible for replacing the palace with a commercial centre - The Square of Commerce. Call in at the really old cafť: Martinho da Arcada which opened its doors to offer hospitality in 1782. Lisbon has so much to offer and I do recommend you include Praca do Comercio in your itinerary as it is huge, wonderful to see and a good place to start your tour of this capital city of Portugal.
Lisbon is a fascinating place, with an astonishing old world feel to the place, cobbled streets, old fashioned trams with a great sense of history. Don't miss the castelo de Sao jorge(above) or the magnificent Torre de Belem (Tower of Belem. Don't leave without trying a Frango a Piri Piri which is a chicken marinaded with chilli oil. It is something else. Very welcoming, and friendly to tourists
Beautiful city with many gorgeous historic buildings. Weather is fantastics and the food is great. Don't miss John Malkovich's restaurant - you might enjoy a celebrity sighting...
Lisbon is like Paris but without the attitude. It is a beautiful compact city on the sea. The Portuguese people are lovely and friendly and very welcoming to tourists. The history of Portugal and Lisbon is fascinating (they were responsible for discovering many countries) and a visit to the museums is a must.
Beautiful panoramic vistas and sunkissed waters of the River Tagus mesmerize you at the Christo Rei. It's a very romantic spot and the perfect place to share a stunning sunset with your special someone.
The view from the Castelo is well worth the trip up the winding little roads. They have a beer festival there every summer and live music most weekends.
Machico beach is pebbles rather than sand but is still a pleasant place to enjoy the sea and sun. Also an interesting town to explore if you want a break from sunbathing.
Don't miss the sleigh rides that depart from up here. Men in traditioinal costumes whisk you down the road on a sled like contraption. Truly surreal!
The Funchal balloon is a bit of a tourist trap but nevertheless gives you some great views of the city and the island.
Hmm.., where should i go to enjoy magnificent views and amazing flora & fauna?'... If that's your question, then head to Funchal which is located in Madeira, Portugal! Check out the view from the cable car, it's breath taking! So what are you waiting for! Get on a plane and holiday in Madeira, Portugal!
Wonderful lush green island. Go in spring to see the thousands of flowers at their peak.
Monchique offers a welcome relief from the heat on the Algarve coast. High in the mountains this pretty village offers shops and eateries with a true portugese menu - a place woth visiting
Praia da Rocha
Exotic, breathtaking, enjoyable, relaxing :D
Pristine and warm, the sand just welcomes you and the warm waters are turqoise blue and stunning.
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