A visit to the small fishing village of Benagil in the Algarve promises to be a memorable and fun day out for all the family. This pretty, coastal village is nestled between the popular tourist towns of Praia do Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra.
Portugal’s most southern region, the Algarve, spans an area nearly 2,000 square miles. It offers a wide range of scenery, history and culture, and is the country’s most popular destination for holidaymakers and those looking to settle down for good.
Gondomar is a municipality, situated to the east of Porto, in northern Portugal. This sizeable region runs along the bank of the River Douro, where river beaches, framed by woodland, provide the perfect spot for a summertime picnic.
If you’re looking for an authentic Portuguese destination, a place where you can discover traditional life in the Algarve, the head to the pretty little village of Estoi.
The Algarve remains a leading European holiday destination all year round. Unlike other areas, many of its sites, shops, restaurants and tourist activities stay open all year round, meaning there’s plenty to do for all the family.
15 kilometres to the northeast of Portimão on the banks of the Rio Arade in the Algarve, lies the attractive town of Silves. Rusty-coloured rooftops, red-stone walls and narrow streets that wind around a hillside, dominant this tranquil rural town.
Faro often gets overlooked as a resort, merely because people head on to other destinations from its airport. That could be said to work in the city’s favour, as for those who do discover its charms, Algarve’s capital city remains relatively unspoilt and retains a predominantly traditional and peaceful atmosphere.
The mouth of the Rio Minho in northern Portugal marks the border both in historical and cultural terms with its much larger neighbour Spain. This important river has given its name to this north-western Portuguese province, the Minho.
Lagos is a beautiful town on the western Algarve coastline, known for its character, charm and hive of activities, which perfectly blends traditional Portuguese culture with lively tourism. The beaches in the Lagos area are hailed as some of the best in the Algarve, with golden sands stretching for miles. Vintage Travel explores some of the best beaches near this magnetic destination.
If you leave the city of Porto and head north until you reach the border with Spain, you’ll be in a region known as the Costa Verde (green coast); including the areas of the Douro Litoral and the Minho. There are some stunning vistas of green and rolling lands and a long striking beach. Small market towns are dotted around where traditions live on, pretty much unchanged for decades.