Southern Portugal
Best months:
September to April

Southern Portugal

Portugal
LAST UPDATED 22/10/2008
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introduction

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Rei-artur: Imagem criada por '''Rei-artur''', 5 January 2006

The south of Portugal consists of two regions, Alentejo and Algarve.

This region is famous for its fine sandy beaches and temperature year-round climate. The Algarve is the home to numerous golf courses, luxurious beach resorts and fishing villages.

On the other hand, the vast Alentejo region is home to cork and olive groves, wheatfields and vineyards, the whole area remains largely undiscovered by tourists, making it the ideal place for off-the-beaten-track incentive trips Besides that, the southern region of Portugal also entertains travellers with three modern casinos and several state-of-the-art congress venues.

surfing

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Francisco Santos: The Algarve, Portugal; 26.03.2007

The south coast of Portugal, the Algarve, has a huge swell window as well as being the countries tourism capital. It's has a laid back holiday vibe and prestine sundrenched beaches under clear blue skies. The swell might be slightly less consistant and usually a little smaller here than the breaks further north, but it is often cleaner and warmth of the southern climes more than makes up for it. Winter time is the best time to visit for the milder temperatures and bigger swells as long hot flat spells plague the summer.

where to stay

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Petercarlsberg: Pousada da Ria, na Murtosa, Aveiro, Portugal, 4 April 2007

Some of Europe's best-known hotels exist along the region's 150-kilometre stretch of golden coastline, most notably Quinta do Lago, Sheraton, Penina, Vila Vita Parc and the prominently-situated Vilamoura Marinotel.

The youth hostel network has a large number of hostels available - all of which are in very good conditions but not very cheap. There are also camping grounds which may suit many budget travellers. Camping in unauthorised areas is not allowed.

If you are on a budget, and you want a true 'portuguese' experience, try one Residencial - the home-like hostels ubiquitous in cities and most towns.

On the luxury side, you might try the 'Pousadas de Portugal', a network of hotels reknown for using very beautiful ancient buildings and having excellent service, consistent all over Portugal. However, eating in would be expensive so you'd be better off eating out when staying at the Pousadas.

 

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