Things to Do on Holiday in Portugal

Friday, June 01, 2012Ryan Mach

If you’re planning a holiday in Portugal, one thing’s for sure - there’s plenty more here than just great beaches. Get out and explore everything that this vibrant destination has to offer - from the beautiful city of Lisbon with its quaint cobbled streets, to the breathtaking Feira castle in the North. There is so much to see in this diverse country.

If like many tourists you’re tempted to book Portugal all inclusive holidays, don’t let that stop you from getting out and about. While all inclusive is typically a cost-saver by providing all your meals, snacks and drinks, it can often encourage visitors to stay within the confines of the hotel or their resort, so ask your hotel to pack up a lunch for you and take it out for the day.

But where will you go? If you’re based in the Algarve region, there are dozens of different day trips available through various tour operators. For example if you book holidays with Thomas Cook your representative will be able to recommend numerous well-organised day trips throughout your stay, ranging from boat trips and sightseeing tours to jeep safaris and water sports.

If you like historic sites, head to Silves and explore the hilltop castle and the old town of Algarve which is believed to date back to 1000BC. Or for something truly spectacular - if a little morbid - visit the Capela dos Ossos in Faro, a tiny chapel made from the bones of monks. The first bone was thought to have been laid by a monk in the 14th Century.

Day trips aside, the Algarve is renowned for its gorgeous golden beaches. Fringed by rocky cliffs and peppered with beautiful coves, the coastline of South Portugal is one of Europe’s most spectacular. Get out and enjoy it!

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