2014 summer holidays in Portugal

Discover Portugal's beautiful landscapes and amazing cities this summer

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Russ Sanchez

Russ Sanchez
HomeAway travel expert


PortugalNestled against the dramatic Atlantic, and warmed by the Southern European sun, Portugal is the ideal destination for holidaymakers who crave that classically Iberian combination of rich culture and glittering coastline, but want to avoid the bustle of Spain. A holiday in Portugal offers endless opportunities: sample the finest Madeira and Port wines, indulge in the freshest seafood - you can even tour a Portuguese cork factory. Additionally, several colourful fairs are held during the summer months: to the south, the Festival do Sudoeste; and in the north, the festivals of Vilar de Mouros and Paredes de Coura.

With flights to Portugal reasonably priced, and excellent transit within the country, there's never been a better time to book a summer holiday in Portugal. And as for your holiday accommodation - HomeAway's array of self-catered rentals has something to suit every family size and budget. Fancy an apartment in the heart of Lisbon? Perhaps a white-washed cottage in Madeira is more your style? Don't sweat it. We've got you covered. 


 

Top five Portuguese summer destinations


   

Summer holidays in Algarve Summer holidays in Algarve

 

The Algarve is home to the some of the world's best and most beautiful beaches, with sands taking up 200km of the coast. From sheltered coves to vast golden stretches, there's no better place for sunbathing than the Algarve, the temperatures of which reach 30º C in the summer. And partiers, hearken: the Algarve is also home to night life hotspots Portimão and Faro.

 

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Summer holidays in Porto Summer holidays in Porto

Overlooking the Douro river estuary, whose fertile vineyards gifted the world with Port wine, the city of Porto boasts a long and fascinating history. Inhabited since the 4th century, its buildings range from Medieval to contemporary in age, and include some of the most gorgeous architecture in the country.

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Summer holidays in Lisbon Summer holidays in Lisbon

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, is every bit as thriving and exciting as you'd expect. Tourists are offered the pleasures of the beach, with the centre overlooking the Atlantic ocean, but intimate alleyways and distinctive architecture could keep visitors busy for days. And don't miss the opportunity to partake in some of the country's many unique delicacies - like leite cremes, a rich custard topped with a decadent layer of caramel - at the local bakeries and restaurants.

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Summer holidays in Madeira Summer holidays in Madeira

Madeira is an enticing fusion of European style and tropical beauty, awash with stunning flora and fauna. It's long been a popular destination with tourists, and yet summer holidays in Madeira remain uncrowded and relaxing. A popular local pastime is following the levada walks - trails that run alongside the picturesque canals that irrigate the Madeiran countryside.

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Summer holidays in Central Portugal Summer holidays in Central Portugal

Central Portugal is criminally underrated as a holiday location. Filled with pine and eucalyptus forests, lush valleys, and mainland Portugal's highest mountain, the Serra da Estrela, any Portugal holiday should include a trip inland. Hiking, rock climbing, paragliding - the adventurous will find plenty to satisfy their appetite for adrenaline. And the more, shall we say, urban-oriented will enjoy a visit to Coimbra, home to some of the country's finest Basque architecture, the oldest university in Portugal, and a stunning 13th-century library.

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The villa is very well situated for all,10 minutes drive from Faro airport and Beaches. This house has an ideal location for those seeking a relaxing holiday, rural environment, as well as being close to amenities. Enjoy a comfortable stay at our ...

ApartmentsApart Casa Calcada - Three Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 7

This spacious apartment has a total area of 95m2 and possesses 3 bedrooms allowing up to 7 guests to stay here comfortably. It is situated on the third floor of a property located in the traditional Pena area of Lisbon, and has corresponding t...

ApartmentsApart Auris Apartments, Apartment 1 - Three Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 4

The apartment is located on the 2nd-floor of a renovated historic building with no lift/elevator, in the very centre of Lisbon. It has 1 main bedroom with 2 single beds and 2 smaller bedrooms, also with single beds. There is a living room, a s...

ApartmentsApart Beco dos Beguinhos - One Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 5

Our purpose is to give the visitors that come to Lisbon the opportunity to live as we do. To intensively experience the most of everything. The sights, the sounds, the smells. Waking up and feeling all the energy around you, and being close to...

ApartmentsApart Alfama River IV - Two Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 6

This two-bedroom apartment is in Alfama, Lisbon's old-town district

Main features :
- air-conditioning
- beautifully restored, rustic decor with original wooden beams and traditional azulejos (typical Portuguese bl...

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