Where to stay around Portugal?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 31,403 holiday lettings near Portugal. From 16,200 Condos/Apartments to 16,079 Studios, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Portugal is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Portugal?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Portugal. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Faro District: 12,158 holiday homes
  • Albufeira: 6,777 holiday homes
  • Vilamoura: 1,292 holiday homes
  • Municipality of Lagos: 2,124 holiday homes
  • Carvoeiro: 3,926 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Portugal! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Portugal?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Portugal with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Albufeira: 6,777 holiday lettings
  • Carvoeiro: 3,926 holiday lettings
  • Alvor: 3,775 holiday lettings
  • Lisbon: 4,958 holiday lettings
  • Luz: 2,963 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Portugal?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Portugal are:

  • Madeira Airport (FNC): 1,572 self catering accommodations
  • Portimao (PRM): 6,612 self catering accommodations
  • Faro Airport (FAO): 5,883 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Portugal?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Portugal. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Vilamoura Marina: 4,615 holiday rentals
  • Albufeira Old Town Square: 8,121 holiday rentals
  • Lagos Marina: 4,957 holiday rentals
  • Vila Sol Golf: 6,812 holiday rentals
  • Vilamoura Beach: 6,326 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Portugal listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

The varied pleasures of Portugal

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.

An overload of activities in Portugal

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.

Seafarers and sea creatures 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.

Snow to sun in Portugal

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.

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.