Portugal is made up of 10 regions, it lies on the southwest corner of Europe and it shares a small part of the Iberian Peninsula with Spain. It is a country that has many unique features and it is a fantastic place to book a short-term holiday rental. Portugal is a country where one can enjoy the stunning vistas, delicious, native cuisine and learning about the rich history. Likibu has many accommodation options here from wesbites such as Airbnb, Tripadvisor or Owners Direct. If you are travelling in a large group, we have plenty of spacious villas, or if you are on holiday as a couple, stay somewhere smaller such as a hotel room or a bed and breakfast.
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Portugal is consistently ranked as one of the best holiday destinations for the UK market because of its affordability, authentic culture and variety of holiday accommodation, ranging from villas with private pools to self-catered apartments. Portugal is an excellent holiday destination no matter what your age, budget or interest is. Most importantly the Portuguese locals are also known for their incredible warmth, which adds to the character and charm of the country. Overall it is a great place to find good value accommodation where you can relax and unwind.
Portugal is a popular destination annually because of its warm temperatures all year around. Although, the temperature does drop slightly during the winter months, it is still mild and a comfortable temperature in comparison to the chills of the UK, hence the reason that the Portugal rental industry is busy throughout the year. Hitting highs of 30°C plus in the summer, you're guaranteed to get your sunshine fix wherever you decide to visit in the country. However be aware the sea in Portugal is very cold even in the summer, as it is comes in from the Atlantic Ocean. The temperature of the sea in August is usually about 21 degrees Celsius.
How to get to Portugal?
Getting to Portugal from the UK, like many European beach destinations, is very easy with flights from London every day. It is also possible to travel to Portugal from Britain's regional airports such as Bournemouth, Birmingham and Manchester, however flights from these airports are less regular. The main airports in Portugal are Faro, Lisbon and Porto. Non-stop flight time from the UK to Portugal is between 2 hours 30 minutes and 3 hours 30 minutes depending on whether you fly from London or one of the regional airports. For slightly cheaper flights, then consider a flight with one stop, which adds about 2 hours on to your travel time.
How to get around Portugal?
When deciding on how you'll get around Portugal consider hiring a car. Car hire is by far the easiest and cheapest way to travel and a medium sized car costs approximately 300 EUR for a weeks hire. The roads are quiet and mostly full of tourists, it's an excellent way of visiting different regions in Portugal. If you're visiting one of the main cities, such as Lisbon, Porto or Faro then travelling by train is efficient and good value. However, if you are staying in a beautiful city like Lisbon, walking from place to place will help you get a real sense of the Portuguese culture.
Villa holidays in Portugal are extremely popular especially in the Algarve whereas apartments and hotel rooms in the main cities tend to be the number one choice for visitors. Therefore, choosing your location and type of accommodation in Portugal will depend on whether you want a city break or a relaxing holiday by the beach, below is a list of our favourite places in Portugal.
Where to stay in Portugal?
If you are looking for a holiday rental in a place where you can surround yourself with history, culture, food and a limited number of tourists then Tavira is the place for you. It is one of the most delightful, quiet and relaxed fishing towns in the Eastern Algarve. Relatively untouched by mass tourism, Tavira has a charming and distinct character with some delicious restaurants, serving fresh seafood and hidden cocktail bars down the cobbled streets. We'd recommend renting a self-catered holiday apartment as there are many to choose from in Tavira.
For something a bit more lively and social then Lagos is one of the finest resorts in the Algarve, full of villas with private pools and apartments available for rent. The high standard of accommodation in Portugal, makes this area attractive for those visitors looking for something a bit more sophisticated. This is a stunning place to visit, some of the highlights include the historic harbor and Dona Ana beach, one of the most beautiful in Portugal. Overall Lagos has it all and is a fantastic place to find accommodation where you can relax and unwind.
Madeira, one of the most exquisite Portuguese islands has become popular for hikers and explorers, as well as visitors looking to chill by the beaches for hours on end. Villas here tend to be available throughout the year and Funchal, the capital of Madeira, is world famous for having one of the best New Year's Eve parties in the world. So why not plan your stay around this annual event? Book in advance and you'll be sure to snap up a cheap apartment here.
If you want something totally off the beaten track then stay in Monsanto, the most Portuguese Village in the country (They won an award for this!) It really is one of the most magical and extraordinary places in Portugal. Whether you are staying in an authentic Portuguese bed and breakfast in the village or a rented villa, this hidden historical village gives you the wow factor from the moment you step foot on the stony roads.
For fine dining, city vibes and history, then Lisbon is a fantastic city break destination. Apartments in Lisbon are very popular with tourists, they range from luxury to self-catered and they are a great way of staying in the city without paying outrageous prices for hotels in the centre. If fine dining is your thing, Lisbon has three Michelin start restaurants; Alma is our favourite for a really special evening out in the city. The food scene continues to grow and the street food in Lisbon is very impressive.
Step back to the 1950's and visit one of the nine volcanic islands in the Azores for a holiday that can offer a wealth of wonders. The Azores offers different coloured lakes, thermal pools and hikes for days. We have plenty of self-catered holiday apartments available in this part of Portugal, no matter which island you decide to base yourself on.
Albufeira is one of the most popular and vibrant holiday destinations in the Algarve. With holiday lettings available to suit all ages and budgets, you can see why this area is so popular with Brits. If you're looking for a quiet and peaceful holiday, avoid Areias de Sao Joao also known as the strip, it is very Popular with hen and stags dos all year around. For somewhere more authentic in Albufiera, rent a house next to the beach in the old town, where you'll find cobbled streets, live music and fancy restaurants. This area is definitely more family friendly than ‘the strip'!