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Destination guide

Seaside fun at Portuguese holiday lettings

Portugal is the western border of the Iberian Peninsula, ranging from the high hills of the Douro Valley in the north to the rockrose-scented beaches of the Algarve in the south. It's also a mecca for culture-loving, sun-seeking travellers who come to laze on golden sands or wander the weathered schist villages in the Centro mountains. Cities like Lisbon offer a clue to the country's long and enthralling history – maritime museums and mighty castles like Sao Jorge abound. Porto offers potent port tipples and cool cafe culture. Portugal holiday rentals with pools mean cranking up the relaxation. Those by the coast have roaring surf and irresistible seafood.

Things to do

Attractions near holiday lettings in Portugal

Portugal's past tells a tale of explorers and adventurers. Portugal holiday rentals in Lisbon are a great place to start exploring all of this history, with the Maritime Museum and its weathered maps, sailing charts and relics of Vasco da Gama's journeys around the globe beckoning down on the Tagus estuary. The nearby Lisbon Oceanarium offers a more natural introduction to the high seas, with sunfish and puffers and sharks of all sorts. Don't miss the National Azulejo Museum, either – it's the place to discover the country's long-held tradition for ceramic art.

Activities

Fun things to do near Portuguese holiday homes

Where to begin? A bout of beach basking, perhaps? Portugal holiday rentals in the Algarve have you covered – the sands are long and lovely, washed by dolphin-peppered seas and backed by high cliffs. Some seafood? Stick to the south, where fishing villages meet BBQ tavernas in towns like Albufeira. How about history? Lisbon can't be beaten on that count – its quaint Alfama district and amazing maritime museums make sure. Hiking? Hit the hills of the Douro Valley, or clamber to the schist villages on the inland peaks. Surfing? There's loads, from beginner-friendly Peniche to rip-roaring Nazare for the experts.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Portuguese holiday homes

Portugal is long and thin. That means the north has a whole different climate to the south, with average summer highs of around 20 common in Porto when the Algarve is being baked in heat of nearly 30 degrees. That makes months like June, July and August perfect for seeking out Portugal holiday rentals with a pool. Autumn is a local favourite, known for its milder weather and warm seas – a surfing trip perhaps? Winter – December, January, February – sees some snow in the north and the chance of skiing in the mountains.

Natural features

Sands, surf and valleys in Portugal

Portugal majestically blends its different habitats. Take Sintra, where the mist-shrouded mountains covered in cork woods drop suddenly down to the Atlantic Ocean, creating wave-battered cliffs that are pure drama from top to bottom. Up in the heights of the Serra da Lousa in Coimbra District schist ridges give way to forests where wild deer stalk. Down in the Algarve, long beaches that glow with golden sand are backed by high cliffs and the seas are home to dolphin pods aplenty. Porto, meanwhile, has the Douro River and its verdant banks clothed with vineyards.

Beaches

Best beaches near holiday rentals in Portugal

Portugal is known for its beautiful beaches and array of seaside amenities. Holiday homes are available near places like Praia da Rocha, a scenic beach with towering rock formations and shops and restaurants, and Praia da Marinha, a popular beach with rustic surrounds, pit caves and soaring cliffs. You'll also find a mix of scenic white-sand beaches and clear waters in Tavira Island.

Food & drink 

Experience Portuguese cuisine

Portuguese cuisine is comprised of Mediterranean influences, such as bountiful seafood from the Atlantic coast, spices from colonial periods and produce from the fertile landscape. Olive oil, garlic, parsley, cinnamon, vanilla and saffron are prominent in Portuguese cuisine, as well as pork, beef, octopus, cuttlefish, crabs and prawns. For an authentic Portuguese experience, visit a restaurant near your holiday accommodation to try caldo verde, salted cod or caramel custard.

How many holiday rentals are available around Portugal?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 36,701 holiday lettings around Portugal. From 6,651 villas to 8,083 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Portugal?

Perhaps it's the glorious ocean vistas, or maybe it's the chance to lounge around during those long summer days. There's just something about a beach getaway that calls to all of us. There are 11,243 beachside rental properties to pick from. Want to give something else a go? See if any of our other properties stand out. Our options here include:

  • 9,764 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 6,318 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 6,175 city-centre holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Portugal?

Discover this destination like a local from the comfort of your very own apartment. You'll feel like part of the neighbourhood in no time! HomeAway has 16,266 for you to select from here. If you get in quick, you could be spending as little as £11 per night. If that doesn't suit your group's style, we've got a range of other self-catering accommodation options available, such as:

  • House: 7,561 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £9 per night.
  • Villa: 6,465 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £17 per night.
  • Cottage: 1,373 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £14 per night.

Can I stay in Portugal in a large group?

Whether you're going on a special getaway with the whole family or spending a week away with your old school gang, it's always stacks of fun being under the one roof! The good news is that HomeAway has options to suit you. 3,657 apartment holiday rentals are listed. Currently, they're the most popular choice here for sizeable groups. In and around the area, the rental options that are suitable for large groups of guests include:

  • Are you looking for properties that can fit 6 people? We have 7,957 that will be suitable. The prices start from £9 per night.
  • If you have 8 in your group, you'll be pleased to find out that there are 3,744 rental properties that are suitable. The starting price is £16 per night.
  • Searching for rental properties to suit 5 people? You'll be pleased to hear we have 2,690 that will fit the bill. You can score one from just £16 per night.

So don't fear! When you book with us you can take your mom, your grandpa and all your friends to Portugal.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Portugal?

Reduce those pesky accommodation costs with a little help from HomeAway. You'll find a range of awesome holiday rentals and save loads! Funchal has bargain written all over it. And with 1,512 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £67 a night, it's not hard to see why. Municipality of Oliveira do Hospital is another place to consider. HomeAway has 127 and the average price is around £75 per night.

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