A new inspiring Guest Post from one of our readers that fell in love with Portugal. After reading it you'll know where to go for your next holiday!
Think of Portugal and you'll probably picture images of sun-drenched beaches and honey-coloured cliffs, bustling towns with holidaymakers ambling along the streets, stopping to peer through shop windows or peruse restaurant menus. Or perhaps you think of cobbled streets and picturesque city squares, or ancient castles and sprawling vineyards. Whichever image springs to mind, it's fair to say that a holiday in Portugal is pretty diverse - and pretty close to paradise too.
The most popular holiday region in Portugal is the Algarve, located on the sunny south coast. Here you'll find all manners of different beach resorts serving up a medley of holiday experiences, ranging from quiet sandy bays and beautiful rocky coves to bustling beaches that are alive with watersports and beach activities.
Albufeira is the liveliest Portuguese holiday resort, serving up plenty of daytime fun and stacks of nightlife once the sun goes down. Here you can enjoy its golden sands and sparkling shores, perhaps try your hand at watersports or even a game of beach volleyball, before enjoying a meal out and a few sundowners by night, perhaps following it up by exploring the bubbly bars and modern nightclubs - if you've got the energy!
On the subject of watersports, Portugal's southern resorts certainly have plenty of options. In fact, much of the Portuguese coast is popular with watersports thanks to its Atlantic waters and breezy shoreline - you can often expect to find surfing, windsurfing, parasailing and much more. You could also enjoy a spot of snorkelling (mind those strong currents!) or scuba diving, or if that's a little too strenuous, you can take a leisurely boat trip to discover Portugal's beautiful coastline without getting wet.
Whichever holiday experience you choose, there are plenty of reasons to come to Portugal and more than a few ways to find paradise...