Portugal

Portugal & our properties locations…

Portugal has much to offer as a holiday destination – a rich sea faring past and historic heritage, modern city life and sleepy villages, mild winters and hot summers, golden sandy beaches swept clean by Atlantic tides and countryside landscapes of vineyards and wild flowers, orange, almonds, olive and cork trees. Our selection of rental properties stretches from the north to the south of Portugal. Even if you only have one week’s holiday, some of our properties will accept a short stay at reasonable prices outside the high season, enabling you to split your visit and explore different parts of Portugal… The international airports of Porto (north), Lisbon and Faro (Algarve) can be reached between 2-2 ½ hours flying time from most of Europe’s main cities; whilst Seville airport in neighbouring Spain, is a good alternative and within easy reach of our Algarve rentals. Click on the dots to check our holiday rentals in each area.

 


Douro Valley & North Silver Coast Lisbon Coast Comporta Alentejo Algarve

Douro Valley & North
Home of port wine, the Douro Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site offers spectacular vistas of steep terraced vineyards on both margins of the river Douro in north Portugal. The colour of the land changes throughout the year with the almond blossom giving an added white pinkish tone to the region in February-March, whilst the vines are particularly beautiful in the autumn when they on take a reddish and golden colour.
The roads zigzagging up and down mountainsides and between tributary valleys can make driving difficult, but they do offer some stunning unspoilt scenery. For a more relaxed approach to exploring the area, cruise boats go up and down river negotiating dams and locks of sometimes breath-taking height; whilst the Douro railway line which runs 175 kilometres from Oporto to Pocinho, joins the river at Mosteiro and does not leave the river bank for the next 100 kilometres.
Silver Coast & Centre
Less than 100 kilometres north of Lisbon, the Silver Coast in the centre of Portugal has a relaxed, unhurried and genuinely Portuguese way of life, with picturesque villages and the city of Coimbra a little more inland, hosting the oldest university in Europe dating back to 1290.
The region has an uncrowned coastline, yet its surfing resorts of Ericeira and Peniche are world famous. There are also some impressive historical sights such as the Mosteiro da Batalha (a gigantic gothic masterpiece built in 1388) and the Convento de Cristo in Tomar (once the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Portugal), both with UNESCO World Heritage status. The Miracle of the Sun is said to have taken place at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, a religious site revered by Roman Catholics.
Lisbon Coast
The capital of Portugal is situated on the river Tagus and the city and its surrounds (the golden triangle of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril) has much to offer. Lisbon can be described as contemporary and buzzing, yet in a slow and relaxed pace. Modern architecture blends in with ancient monuments; clanking trams take you around the quaint old quarters of the city; whilst a zest for living is reflected in an insatiable appetite for music and nightlife. Lisbon is rich with a history of exploration and discoveries with many buildings and monuments reflecting its maritime past.
Described by Lord Byron as “this glorious Eden”, Sintra has been recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995 and is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and historic interest; the quaint old fishing port of Cascais situated on the coast, is now a glamorous seaside resort with a wide range of restaurants, shops and a world class marina; whilst in Estoril there is a major casino. Golf courses and tennis also abound in the area.
Excellent motorways heading north-west and north, plus two great bridges (old and new) liking the city to another motorway all the way south to the Algarve, make Lisbon an easy starting point for your holiday.
Comporta & Alentejo
Nestled between Lisbon and the Alentejo, lies Alcacer do Sal and the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve and located within this protected habitat is Comporta – a stunning expanse of unspoilt golden sandy beaches within a picturesque and rustic scene where rice farming, fishermen cottages and salt makers still abound. This magical landscape and simple charm is popular with the international beach loving set, including designer Christian Louboutin and the Monegasque royal family who come here for a low-key beach chic holiday. Amongst luxury holiday homes converted from thatched fishermen cottages and hip beach bars hosting sunset parties, the region thrives with storks and flamingos; you can go horse riding on the rugged sand dunes; or dolphin watching on the estuary. Comporta - land of blue, green, and all the shades in between: watch the video!
Comporta’s neighbour the Alentejo province, is an area of massive prairie landscapes, dotted with sleepy white washed villages and castle towns as well as an outstandingly beautiful 160 km long coastline. Rich in history and ancient traditions boasting two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Évora and Elvas) and with its serene and hospitable peoples, the Alentejo also offers excellent value for money wines and regional gastronomy, as well as a wide range of local arts and crafts to take back home as gifts.
Algarve
The country’s best know holiday region boasts over 3000 hours of sunshine a year and is best known for its golden sandy beaches and over 30 golf courses with year round playing. The Algarve Coast stretches from Cabo São Vicente (Europe’s most south westerly point) to Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Spanish border. Despite its many tourist resorts, travel 30 minutes inland and you will enter a world of quaint villages, Moorish castles and market towns, where orange groves and almond blossom flourish; whilst the coast itself offers pockets of extraordinary natural beauty such as the rugged beaches of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park which popular with surfers and naturalists, the Ria Formosa Estuary, a maze of channels separated from the sea by a strip of sand located in the very centre of the province, as well as the fauna and flora rich marshlands of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António.

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