As we say hello to the new year and goodbye to the Christmas madness, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things. Cue a trip to Portugal.
Now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a well-deserved break, to sit back, relax and a sip on a cocktail or two while soaking up some much-needed winter sun.
Why Portugal you ask? Well, picture-perfect views aside and gorgeous beaches aside, Portugal has much to offer all year round including…
With the arrival of winter, the dreary weather becomes an everyday occurrence. A blanket of clouds seems to hang over the UK day in and day out. The constant drizzle ruins outdoor activities, and the fierce gusts of wind drive people indoors.
In Portugal, the situation is entirely different. Even in winter, temperatures are mild and the sun shines on the country by the sea.
At a sunny 15 degrees, you can take a walk on the beach, dip your toes in the sea, soak up some culture or stroll through the city centre of Porto or Lisbon.
There is an incredible variety of accommodation in Portugal. Next to luxurious hotels, where every little wish is catered for, there are plenty of private guest houses.
What’s particularly great is that most of the accommodation has a balcony and pool – perfect for banishing those January blues.
Another special feature is the wide range of prices. Those who want to spend their holidays in Portugal will definitely find a suitable rental property. Whether low-budget accommodation in the Algarve or a luxury flat in Lisbon – the possibilities seem endless.
Endless fun & activties
One might think that recreational opportunities diminish in winter. But in Portugal, there’s no season shy of having a good time.
Nature lovers can take long walks in the mountain landscape of the north or marvel at the flora and fauna in nature parks such as Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado.
Sports enthusiasts have a wide range of options at their disposal. In addition to hiking, cycling, and climbing excursions, quads can also be rented. It is also possible to visit the island on horseback.
Those who are well-equipped against the cold waters can even jump into the waves and do water sports.
Less adventurous holidaymakers can opt for a city trip and put the charm of the Portuguese people to the test. Visitors are welcomed with open arms in the Atlantic countries numerous restaurants. Fill your belly with Portuguese delicacies and enjoy the hospitality of the locals.
The seafood and fresh fish from the daily catch are particularly recommended. But desserts such as Pastéis de Nata, Arroz Doce, Ovos Moles or Pudim Caseiro are also very popular.
Shopping queens can shop at well-known brands in Lisbon and Porto, or pay a visit to the numerous small boutiques. There are also many handmade products such as jewellery, clothes, ceramics, and home accessories. Made with love, these items are unique and are sure to catch the eye.