Portugal is a county of beautiful beaches, ancient history and countryside that has a surprise around every corner. It is a place that has seen successive waves of settlers from the Celts and Romans to the Moors and Christians. Each left their own unique mark on the country, much of which is still visible today such as the Roman remains of Evora, the monasteries of Lisbon or the cathedrals of Porto. Portugal is the perfect place to relax on an all-inclusive holiday. With all-inclusive holidays to Portugal, you can be as lazy or as energetic as you like. Portugal is also ideal for family holidays. Many of our all-inclusive resorts at lastminute.com have kids' clubs with activities to entertain your children while you enjoy the hotel pool or local beach.
Portugal is a country of distinct regions to explore. There is the popular southern coastline of The Algarve to the almost deserted Costa Vicente shoreline as well as the bustling beaches around Lisbon to the dramatic mountain scenery of the north. Our favourite destinations for an all-inclusive Portugal holiday include:
Enjoy all the entertainment, activities and cuisine of all-inclusive holidays to Portugal as well as taking time to soak up the atmosphere and culture of this intriguing country.
Getting around Portugal
The best way to really experience Portugal is by hiring a car. Away from the main town centres, you'll find long stretches of motorway or winding country roads where meeting another vehicle is rare. Parts of The Algarve and the coast around Lisbon have local train lines while fast train routes quickly connect Lisbon with the southern coastline, arriving at Faro. Lisbon has a transport network of Metro trains, buses, trams and taxis while bus routes run between most coastal towns and further inland.
The outdoor life in Portugal
Golf, cycling, horse-riding, hiking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, paddle-boarding and paragliding are just some of the outdoor activities you can enjoy if you're feeling energetic. In contrast, the pools of cheap all-inclusive holidays to Portugal as well as the beautiful beaches are just made for swimming and sunbathing. Vast areas of the country are unpopulated and home to isolated national parks and reserves such as the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês while the Sado Estuary near Lisbon and the Atlantic around The Algarve are good places to spot dolphins at play.
Nightlife in Portugal
While pleasant evenings can be spent dining al-fresco wherever you go in Portugal most of the nightlife takes place in the main cities of the Algarve; Lagos, Faro and Albufeira. Lisbon is home to a wide choice of nightclubs, cocktail bars and, of course, Fado clubs. Outdoor music festivals such as Rock in Rio and NOS Alive are held annually in the capital.
Wherever you go along Portugal's coastline you'll find clean, safe beaches many with rock pools for children to clamber around and explore. Many all-inclusive resorts have a range of kids' activities while waterparks and zoos can be found on The Algarve including the Slide & Splash - Water Slide Park at Lagos.
History in Portugal
From the colourful summer palace of Sintra to the huge monasteries of Lisbon and the atmospheric Cabo de São Vicente Fort near Sagres on The Algarve there is always something historic to explore. Look out for the hand-painted tiles or 'azulejos' wherever you go while a day trip to Évora opens a window to Portugal's Roman past with some of the best-preserved ruins on the Iberian peninsula.
Seafood rich in fresh flavours, regional cheeses, hearty stews and spicy sausages are just a few of the gastronomic flavours you'll enjoy in Portugal. Enjoy the crispness of vinho verde white wines as you lunch al fresco or indulge in deep red wines, both a delicious part of the country's understated wine industry. Typical of southern Portugal and The Algarve are seafood and pork stews cooked in lidded metal dishes known as cataplanas while the 'tapas' culture of Lisbon is the perfect way to enjoy a night out in the capital.
Portugal is lucky enough to have one of Europe's best climates with mild weather all year round that lets you lunch in the open air nearly every day. July and August when temperatures can reach 40°C are the best time to head for the beaches while spring and autumn are perfect for city sightseeing and exploring historic attractions.
Wherever you choose to stay in Portugal, you'll find a wide variety of accommodation choices from family-run bed and breakfasts to luxurious boutique hotels. But, with all-inclusive hotels to Portugal from lastminute.com, you can enjoy excellent value while sitting back and totally relaxing. All-inclusive packages generally include airfares and accommodation as well as drinks and food. Some will also include a range of activities. If you plan on visiting during peak times or school holidays, choosing our Portuguese all-inclusive holidays not only saves you money but the time spent searching for available hotels and flights that suit your travel dates.