When it comes to travelling in Europe, more and more of us are jumping on planes, boats, trains and every other mode of transport you can think of to experience what the continent has to offer. For the past few years, Iceland has been ‘the’ destination to visit on a holiday to Europe, and it’s easy to see why with breath-taking scenery, blue lagoons and of course, the spectacular Northern lights. But now, there seems to be a new kid on the block when it comes to being ‘the’ destination in Europe, and it couldn’t be any more different from Iceland if it tried.
Portugal is ‘officially ‘the’ place to be when it comes to a European holiday in 2018, and unlike the chills of Iceland it is the yearlong climate that has got people flocking to the place made famous for Port wine, custard tarts and football. But why the sudden surge in trend I hear you ask? Well, with an increase of 20 percent in American visitors to the country, chances are you’ve already seen pictures of Portugal dominating your social media feed.
In fact, Portugal was recently voted as Travel+ Leisure’s destination of the year and apparently, it’s all to do with politics. Yes, really! As the country battled with financial crisis recently, government funding for arts and music disappeared, so young entrepreneurs took the matter into their own hands. From local talent and resources, Portugal’s youth blossomed to create a rich and vibrant cultural scene that tourists and visitors were desperate to see.
Discount air fares have helped as well, meaning Portugal is not only more accessible but cheaper to both fly to and enjoy. Not least for our excellent range of cycling, walking and adventure holidays to Portugal. We love the country so much that we’ve lined up our favourites below and given you more than a few reasons to get yourself there.
Atlantic Algarve Walking Holiday
File Name: walking-holiday-algarve Alt Text: Experience the Algarve with Whereabouts Holidays Explore the Atlantic Algarve on this self-guided walking holiday in the Algarve. Discover the vast landscape of the Algarve region, famous for its beautiful beaches and marvellous coastal scenery. Walk through sleepy villages surrounded by olive groves. Along forest trails and paths and visit the Reserva Natural do Sapal which is famous for its colourful flamingos. With daily walking times between 3.5 and 4.5 hours, the tour can easily be managed with a good basic fitness level.
Madeira Walking Week Holiday
File Name: madeira-walking-holiday Alt Text: Walk the island of Madeira with Whereabouts Holidays Explore this diverse and impressive Atlantic Ocean island with our Madeira walking holiday. Walk steep and rugged coastlines, green hills and small bays, as well as cloud forests and sun-drenched banana plantations. Madeira offers versatile scenery and a pleasant climate all year round. The dry east, the cool north, the barren mountains, the moist high plateaus and the sunny south all invite you to come and explore this wonderful island on this superb self-guided tour.
Magical Azores Walking Holiday
File Name: portugal-walking-holiday Alt Text: Travel to Portugal with Whereabouts Holidays Explore the unique nature and hospitality of this beautiful region on this guided walking holiday to Azores. Visit the botanical garden of Terra Nostra and experience the crystal-clear waters of the region, which offer a unique habitat for numerous whale and dolphin species. Daily walks are up to four hours, so a good basic fitness level is required. The walks lead along quiet, attractive paths across the island of São Miguel, the perfect way take in the picturesque scenery of this enchanting place.
Madeira Family Adventure Holiday
File Name: madeira-adventure-holiday Alt Text: Travel to Madeira with Whereabouts Holidays Madeira offers a year-round warm climate, unique flora and fauna and crystal-clear water and is known as the ‘Floating Garden’.
Don’t take our word for it, come and try out our Madeira adventure holiday for yourself. There is also a great selection of outdoor adventures available and on our Family Adventure in Madeira we have included kayaking in nature reserves, exploring the rocky coastline whilst coasteering and horse-riding through the lush green forest.
At the end of the day, you’ll tuck into some of the superb cuisine Madeira has to offer. Ready to try Portugal for yourself? Then get in touch with our team of experts who have been there and done it all when it comes to walking, cycling and adventure holidays. They’ll give you all the help and advice you need to book your dream holiday to Portugal.