Portugal is one of Europe’s favorite vacation destinations thanks to its coast’s sandy beaches, extensive bays, and crystal-clear waters. But there’s plenty more to the country than enjoying the gentle Mediterranean weather.
In the north, Porto is home to extraordinary churches and astonishing architecture and delicious wine available in many bars from the nearby Douro valley.
The capital, Lisbon, is an amazing mix of charming old world and a modern spot attracting thousands of students and professionals from all over the world, seeking a quality of personal and professional life. Not to mention tourists hungry for something fresh and different from what they already know.
In the south, the Algarve is wonderfully diversified, able to appeal to a wide cross-section of tourists. There are intact beaches for families, water parks and theme parks for adventure-seekers, buzzing nightlife for partying and historic towns for cultural visitors. Its 300 days per year of the sun make the Algarve an ideal retreat at any time of the year.
Madeira seems to be the island that has it all: year-round spring climate, mountains rising from the ocean, marvelous seafood, and remarkable wines.
According to various reports, Portugal has one of the best quality of life in the world. The country performs extremely well in many measures, such as quite a low cost of living, health care, food, infrastructure, safety, housing, work-life balance, environmental quality, leisure, tolerance, political stability, and of course, the balmy climate. This unique combination attracts every year thousands of retirees that establish residence here in search of the quality of life at very competitive prices. The number of tourists hit 24 million visitors in 2019. In the face of growing interest, thousands of new accommodation, food hotspots, and cultural facilities have opened in recent years. A new, state-of-the-art airport is to be built near Lisbon, which will help to engage many more tourists who will fall in love with Portugal forever.
Golf and tennis occupy a huge place in the Portuguese tourism offer. The country has won several awards related to golf leisure, including the World's and Europe's best golf destination for several years, and Europe's Best Golf Venue for The Quinta do Lago Golf Course. There are more than 90 golf courses and many academies. Tennis is a sport suited to family holidays – members from every generation are able to play together. The Aroeira Golf and Tennis Resort is the ideal spot for both activities and only 20 minutes' drive from Lisbon. The Algarve's Pine Cliffs and Quinta do Lago courses are among the best in the World. Golfers and tennis players have opportunities to play almost all year round thanks to over 300 days of sun per year and dry winters, unlike most of the rest of Europe. Portugal being a small country, offers varied wonderful sceneries and landscapes you can enjoy while playing a round.