A luxury holiday in Portugal is undoubtedly shaped by the region. In the north, visitors are drawn to the medieval, and beautiful, coastal city of Porto and the famous wine-making valleys. On the central coast, the vibrant capital city, Lisbon, beckons with its celebrated architecture and vast array of historical sites.
For the ultimate beach getaway, this Algarve, and the islands of Madeira await. The Algarve offers golden beaches, soaring cliffs, white-washed villages, hidden coves, and a buzzing nightlife. Further south, in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira offers warm temperatures year-round, world-class beaches, and crystal-clear waters, ideal for spotting whales and dolphins.
A popular time to visit Portugal is from June to September when the weather is gloriously hot. Temperatures often soar above 30 degrees, ideal for lounging by the sea. For a cooler climate, April, May and October work well with temperatures in the mid-20s.
Don't discount the winter season either, November to March is great for exploring, adventuring and hiking. The Madeira Islands enjoy a warm climate all year round with temperatures averaging above 20 degrees. From June to September, the islands are at their warmest, hovering around 30 degrees.
Portuguese cuisine is infused with both a Meditteranean influence, and ingredients procured from former colonies, such as the famed piri piri spice. Fresh seafood, smoked meats, exotic spices, and pastries define many celebrated Portuguese dishes, and tasting each and every one of them is a mission that you'll enjoy.
Don't forget to try the famous national dessert the pastel de nata (a sweet custard tart), or a glass of port wine made in the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley.
You should carry identification with you at all times and keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Portugal and can stay for up to 3 months. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.