- Portugal Luxury holidays
Portugal is Europe's most westerly mainland point, which perhaps explains why the Portuguese historically looked to the ocean and set sail to discover new lands. They were responsible for charting the route to India and around the Cape of Good Hope, as well as discovering Brazil, where Portuguese is still spoken in the present day. But in the modern era Portugal itself has become a popular destination for holidaymakers from across Europe and beyond, from its cities to its coastline and islands like Madeira.
Madeira - Portugal's archipelago
Madeira is actually not one island, but several, forming an archipelago to the south and west of mainland Portugal. They may be the Isles of the Blessed written about by Plutarch in the first century AD, which were described as containing two large land masses separated only naRowly, around 2,000 km from Africa. But it was not until the early 1400s that the Portuguese settled on the islands, and the name Madeira appeared for the first time in 1433. Nowadays the island is probably best known for its fortified wine, which is deliberately heated and oxidised to give the effect of it having been stored on a ship throughout a lengthy voyage.
At the extreme - Portugal's Algarve
The Algarve literally translates as 'The West', although if you look at it on a map, it is more accurate to call it Portugal's most southerly mainland region. Its permanent population is about half a million people, but the peak tourism season triples this, and each year the region is visited by about ten million tourists from overseas and elsewhere in Portugal. This is all within an area of just under 5,000 square kilometres, or about 2,000 square miles. English-speaking visitors in particular are well served, with English-language newspapers printed locally for expats and tourists, and a relatively large number of Britons own holiday homes in the Algarve too.
When should I visit Portugal?
Temperatures 'double' from winter averages of about 12°C to summer's 24°C, although the highest temperatures can reach close to 30°C, and have been known to go significantly beyond that threshold, with an all-time record high of almost 45°C. Rainfall is very low in the summer months, from June to August, so if you want a hot and dry holiday with plenty of sunshine, this is the time to visit.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays offer a wide variety of experiences and delights, all at incredible quality. If you want a memorable family holiday in a luxury resort, you can. If you want to enjoy the finest in local wines, it’s there for you at your hotel bar. The object of a luxury holiday is to create extraordinary experiences in the lushest of environments. By spending that little bit extra, you can take your holiday experience from good to the ultimate escape. Portugal’s sunny skies and warm climate make it an ideal luxury holiday destination. Plus, with its variety of offerings, from city breaks to relaxed beach getaways, there’s something for every tourist.