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PORTUGAL TRAVEL GUIDE
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Why Holiday In The Algarve? 6 Reasons To Visit
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Destination Portugal   by Lee Dennis

Portugal is a European nation whose origins go back to the Early Middle Ages.  It's a democratic republic ruled by the constitution of 1976 with Lisbon, the nation's largest city, as its capital. It is a founding member of NATO (1949), OECD and EFTA; it left the former in 1986 to join the European Union. It's also part of the world's oldest active alliance through its treaty with the United Kingdom.  It's a nation situated on the west of the Iberian Peninsula, being bounded on the north and east by Spain and on the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean.

Climate

As for climate with an average mainland temperature of 55 °F in the north, and 64 °F in the south it is one of the warmest countries in Europe.

Also notable is the fact that Portugal is rich in metal deposits, including antimony, copper, manganese, uranium, lead, tin and iron.

Portugal is very rarely visited by thunderstorms; but shocks of earthquake are frequently felt, and recall the great earthquake of Lisbon. It's almost entirely dependent on imported energy, but is developing large wave and solar power projects and building wind farms to supply energy to some 750,000 homes. Portugal is poised to open what will be the world's first commercial wave farm, and while the coastline's formidable surf will be a source of electricity, the engineers need a decent "weather window" to be able to get their machinery out to sea.

Capital City Lisbon

Lisbon regained its status as the capital of Portugal when Brazil declared its independence from Portugal in 1822. It is a city known as the headquarters of the ship-building trade. It is a widely held belief that Lisbon is one of Europe's most beautiful cities, with a lively and international feel and more than eight centuries of history. The city was founded by the Phoenicians, and became a Roman town, and later was an important trade center under the Moors. It is the birthplace of one of Portugal's most common styles of song: the Fado. Lisbon's geographical position makes it a stopover point for many foreign airlines at airports all over the country.

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Caiscais and Algarve Luxury Holiday ~ Portugal Deluxe Vacation ~ Coastal Self Drive Tour PackageCascais and Algarve Beach and Relax Vacation - On this trip stay in a luxurious hotel right on the beach front of Cascais. For the 2nd half of your vacation you will get a chance to play some golf and sit of the marvellous beaches of the Algarve...more Western Algarve History and Wine Discovery Tour - On this private chauffeur-guided day tour visitors will be able to sample a small taste of what this region has to offer. Lagos played a fundamental part in the geneses of the Portuguese Discoveries..more Eastern Algarve Roman History Tour - On this private day tour visitors sample a small taste of what this region has to offer. Discover Algarve East. The Romans showed in the whole for a deep transformation of living...more Golf Packages at the Sheraton Algarve Resort - Set in glorious surroundings of Algarve, encircled by pine trees and overlooking a white sandy beach. The hotel offers the ultimate in comfort and leisure including golf, health club, water sports...more

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Why Holiday In The Algarve? 6 Reasons To Visit Portugal's South Coast   by Daniel Eyre

Without doubt the best sellers on Search Travel Online are holidays to mainland Spain. This is no surprise, and there are plenty of reasonably priced escapes in the sun to be had around Spain, but I do think people are missing out by not choosing to take a cheap holiday in the Algarve with us. Portugal's south coast is easily the equal of mainland Spain in many respects, and even nicer in others.

So here, without further ado is 6 reasons you should consider a bargain holiday in the Algarve the next time you head abroad:

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Wonderful Weather

As you might expect from Southern Europe, the weather is excellent all year round, but to my mind the Algarve even manages to eclipse mainland Spain. Never too hot, with a pleasant ocean breeze, the Algarve is at it's hottest in July and August where it averages 28 degrees centigrade, but even at its coldest in January it is still 15 degrees, with over 6 hours of sunshine per day! Whether you're planning on heading in the peak of summer, or escaping the miserable British winter for warmer climes, cheap package holidays in the Algarve are bound to provide ample serotonin.
 
Beach, Praia Da Rocha, Algarve, Portugal
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Brilliant Beaches
With more than 30 beaches in the Algarve region, it's fair to say you should easily manage to find at least a handful that you love! The variety also means there are beaches for all occasions - family friendly, shallow beaches, some ideal for windsurfing and water sports, some romantic secluded beaches ideal for couples to walk hand-in-hand along - but all of them drenched in the sunshine, relaxation and good times: The spirit of Algarve package holidays!

Great Golf
What's the perfect relaxed game to compliment the cheap Algarve holiday staple of lounging lazily on the beach in splendid weather? Golf of course! 

There are 19 golf courses in the Algarve meaning that, like the beaches, you're sure to find a couple to your tastes. The most famous is undoubtedly the world renowned Royal Course known for its famous Par 3 hole that requires a shot of more than 200 metres over 3 breathtaking cliffs! The other courses are all entertaining though, and the sheer density of quality venues means you're never far from a swift round if the mood takes you on a cheap package holiday in the Algarve!

Fantastic Food

One of the simple pleasures of a bargain holiday in the Algarve is dining in the local restaurants - and this usually comes an a very reasonable price, explaining perhaps why eating out is far more common in the region than it is in the UK. It's quite normal to get a quality meal for £8-£10 per person, including wine. The food is mostly prepared using local ingredients, so expect quality seafood on the coast, and spiced chicken and pork dishes as you move more inland. For those who refuse to indulge in the local cuisine (you're missing out) there are a handful of places selling English food for the tourists, so you needn't feel homesick for long on your cheap holiday in the Algarve!

Captivating Culture

Okay, bullfighting may not be everyone's idea of culture, but there are plenty of other reasons to leave the beach on your Algarve holiday. There are seasonal music, art and drink festivals throughout the year, and you are never far away from a fascinating local art gallery or museum to get a greater feel for the region's history during your bargain Algarve holiday.

Noteworthy Nightlife

The nightlife of the Algarve is certainly varied, and for once it's fair to say there really is something for everyone, with a clear divide between the club scene and local cultural, relaxed evenings under the Portuguese stars. Starting with the club scene, the best bet is Albufeira, where you can party into the early hours at a wide selection of nightclubs and bars, particularly popular with English and German tourists. It may not be as well known as Ibiza or Majorca, but the Algarve is something of a nightlife gem.

The alternative to this is enjoying a night of Algarve culture. If your idea of a pleasant evening is a quiet dinner of seafood, followed by some live fado folk music or dancing in a bar, ending with a pleasant promenade under the stars, then maybe the Algarve alternative nightlife is ideal for you afterall!

This is all just scraping the surface of what makes cheap Algarve holidays such a fantastic choice for British tourists, but the best way to discover the magic of the region is to go there. If you've been on the fence about booking a cheap package holiday to the Algarve, delay no longer - you won't regret it!

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About the Author: Daniel Eyre is the Product Manager of Search Travel Online. Search Travel Online is part of the Co-operative Group, specialising in cheap holidays: Algarve, Majorca, Costa Brava, Tenerife, Costa Dorada, Costa del Sol, Andorra, Egypt, Malta and the Canaries are all available.
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Apartment Vila Deusa Do Mar, No 2 (1st Floor) (Ref: 3646), Self catering apartment in Albufeira, Portugal
Villa Deusa do Mar is situated at the quiet southwestern side of prominent Albufeira's Cerro Grande (Windmill Hill), just above the new Marina de Albufeira. The apartment is on the 1st Floor and has fantastic sea- and marina-views.  The apartment is within walking distance (10-15 minutes) to Albufeira city centre with its beaches, bars and reastaurants.  The nearest bar, supermarket and restaurant is right at Cerro Grande, only 5 minutes walk.  Villa Deusa do Mar is a private villa with only 2 apartments. Each apartment has its own privaten garden in front.  The new Marina De Albufeira is only a 5 minutes walk away and offers all kinds of watersports, like boating, sailing, jet-skiing, sea-paragliding, fishing, wind surfing etc.  1 bedroom, sleeps 4.
Casa dos Bons (Ref: 4033) self-catering villa in Cerro do Oura, close to Albufeira, Portugal
Outstanding 4 bedroom villa with a large swimming pool and large bright and airy rooms and set in a quiet village location, 7km north of Albufeira.  If you want the peace and tranquility of the countryside, but still be only a 10 minute drive into Albufeira 'old' town, then this outstanding 4 bedroom villa is ideal for you.  Built in 2004, it is located in the quiet village of Cerra do Oura and has 2 double bedrooms (1 en-suite) and 2 twin bedrooms (also 1 en-suite). Each bedroom is bright and airy with large fitted wardrobes and a standing fan. In addition, there is a third bathroom with the added attraction of a jacuzzi bath...
GaleMar (Ref: 7481), Self catering apartment in Albufeira, Portugal
Private condominium with three swimming pools and sea view, distance of 100m from the beach, 1Km from golf courts 2Km from Albufeira Marina.  This marvellous apartment is situated 100m away from a magnificent beach; the local is very calm and quiet. The place is called Praia da Galé.  The car is not essential because the flat is surrounded by a supermarket, a great variety of restaurants and coffee-shops, if you enjoy going out at night to discos or pubs you have them just a few minutes walking. The flat is in a closed condominium; inside you have three swimming-pools and green areas, you can also have a place inside the garage to park your car. The apartment is located 2.5Km away from Albufeira Marine and 1Km to a great golf court.   2 bedrooms, sleeps 6.
Vacation, Holiday ALBUFEIRA CASA SURINA FÉRIAS (Ref: 11071), Self catering villa in Albufeira, Portugal
Tastefully decorated and furnished.  Spacious 3 bedroom. Each bedroom is bright and airy with large fitted wardrobes.  Daily Clean.  Wheelchair friendly.  Beach (5 min walk).  GREAT SWIMMING POOL, BEAUTIFUL GARDEN, BARBECUE.  Fully equipped kitchen with fridge, dishwasher, microwave, iron etc, etc.  Quality accommodation for large families, where you can relax at any time of the year.  LESS THAN 1 KM OF THE CENTER OF ALBUFEIRA AND OURA.  Numerous local shops, restaurants and nightlife.  Zoo Marine and Waterpark, within 30 mins drive.  3 bedrooms, sleeps 6.
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Villa Casa Dee, Vale De Telha (Ref: 25338) Self catering villa in Aljezur
This lovely 3 bedrooom villa is in a superb location. Located amongst the Algarve's Costa Vincente National Park, yet only minutes from the surfers paradise. Ideal for those longing for a quiet peaceful, get away from it all type holiday. The local town of Aljezur is a 5 - 10 minute drive and the brighter lights of Lagos can be reached in 20 minutes. The Algarves best surfing beaches are only a 5 minute drive from the villa. And 5 superb golf courses are 25-40 minutes drive. If you want a lovely villa, your own pool to cool off in and the stunning, peaceful surrounding of the Algarves west coast national park...then what are you waiting for? 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa with pool, situated 5 minutes from the market town of Aljezur, surrounded by Costa Vicentina Natural Park. Sleeps 6.
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SMALL HOTELS / BED & BREAKFASTS IN PORTUGAL
ESTREMOZ/BORBA, ALENTEJO
Monte Da Fornalha Monte Da Fornalha, Estremoz / Borba
Monte da Fornalha, with its large Alentejana chimneys, nestles between the city of Estremoz and the village of Borba, famous for its wines, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and mature walnut and cork trees, in the Alentejo, Portugal's "Provence".  Only some 175 Kms from Lisbon and 40 Kms from Spain, right in the heart of the history of Portugal the location is ideal for visiting famous sites and exploring little known countryside. 
TERENA, ALENTEJO
Herdade dos Barros - Rural Hotel - Bed & Breakfast - Terena
Herdade dos Barros is a rural hotel whose main goal is to provide you with the privacy and comfort you are looking for - here you will find nice spaces that promote leisure and well being. We have at your disposal: Accommodation, Restaurant, Bar with terrace, lounge with fireplace, private and free parking, and all the area surrounding the estate. In the region you can occupy your leisure time with diferent activities: visits to monuments, tours to the wineries and vineyards, hiking and swimming in the Lucefecit Dam, direct contact with nature, visits to potteries, stargazing, birdwatching, among many other things. 
MESAO FRIO, NORTH PORTUGAL
Beautiful house above the river 90002 (Ref: 29630), Bed and Breakfast, Mesao Frio, Portugal
A traditional old portuguese house inserted at the vineyards of Douro, near the village of Mesão Frio. Located on one of the most beautiful natural amphitheatres of the world, the B&B house is placed on the slope of vineyards, where the oldest limited region of the world starts. This house has a magnificent landscape.  The house offers 6 guest rooms, all with satellite TV, complete bathroom, and some of them with a large balcony with impressive river view.  At a unique and familiar atmosphere, you can feel the real meaning of rest and harmony.  Guests have at their disposal a beautiful swimming pool next to the house, where they can enjoy a superb river valley view, as well as a motor boat (fee applies), library, games room, TV room, open fireplace and bar.  Breakfast included.

See also - the Pousadas of Alentejo and  the Pousadas of Porto

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