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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.
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
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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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
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
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
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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Holiday In The Algarve? 6 Reasons To Visit Portugal's South Coast
by Daniel Eyre
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.
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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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.
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!
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
the perfect relaxed game to compliment the cheap Algarve holiday staple
of lounging lazily on the beach in splendid weather? Golf of course!
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!
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.
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
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
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
Self-Catering/Vacation Rentals - Algarve
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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ALBUFEIRA SELF-CATERING/VACATION RENTAL APARTMENTS/CONDOS & VILLAS
of features. Search for more self-catering options
Vila Deusa Do Mar, No 2 (1st Floor) (Ref: 3646), Self catering apartment
in Albufeira, Portugal
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.
dos Bons (Ref: 4033) self-catering villa in Cerro do Oura, close to Albufeira,
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...
(Ref: 7481), Self catering apartment in Albufeira, Portugal
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.
Holiday ALBUFEIRA CASA SURINA FÉRIAS (Ref: 11071), Self catering
villa in Albufeira, Portugal
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.
ALJEZUR SELF-CATERING/VACATION RENTAL APARTMENTS/CONDOS & VILLAS
for more self-catering options in the Algarve, Portugal
Casa Dee, Vale De Telha (Ref: 25338) Self catering villa in Aljezur
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.
more featured Algarve properties
HOTELS / BED & BREAKFASTS IN PORTUGAL
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.
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
FRIO, NORTH PORTUGAL
house above the river 90002 (Ref: 29630), Bed and Breakfast, Mesao Frio,
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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