We had never visited the southern part of Portugal. Our trips always had been to Lisbon and the northern part (Oporto). We decided to visit the beaches and shores resort and were very glad of the decision.
Portugal is one of our favourite family holiday destinations – no coincidence perhaps that it’s also considered a great-value European destination.
In the south we love the Algarve’s sun-drenched beaches - make sure you venture to its hidden interior for tranquil leafy valleys, excellent local produce and untouched small villages.
The wild west coast from Sagres to Setúbal has sandy stretches and blustery seas for wind- and kite-surfing lessons.
The unspoiled Alentejo has whitewashed hilltowns and sweeping savannahs ideal for hiking, biking and horse riding.
In the grand old cities of Lisbon and Porto, where buildings are dressed in vintage tiles, you can ride clackety trams, boat down the Douro and visit ancient ruins.