Portugal is a popular holiday destination, offering a combination of golden beaches, dramatic scenery, world-class golf courses and around 300 days of sunshine a year. The Algarve region is a great place to explore, with lively towns and sleepy fishing villages, while the island of Madeira is known as the Floating Garden for its botanical gardens. Porto Santo is a lesser-known gem, with a 10-kilometre-long sandy beach and the charming town of Vila Baleira.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in Portugal, our top picks for the best time to travel would be June
Sunshine, warmth and festivals; visit during the feast of St Anthony when Lisbon goes crazy for sardines and, aided by the matchmaker saint, single girls perform rituals to help them find a husband
Portugal Blog posts
From Ireland's most popular travel bloggers
Best Places to Travel Solo: Portugal
28th June 2023 by Eat Sleep Breathe Travel
Portugal seems to have become an 'it’ destination over the last years, and having been, I can see why. It’s a gorgeous country with friendly people and lots to see and do. I spent a week travelling from Porto to Faro; exploring cities, castles, and the wine region of Douro Valley and loved every minuteâ€¦ The post Best Places to Travel Solo: Portugal appeared first on Eat Sleep Breathe Travel. ......
Top 10 things to do in Lisbon - with or without kids
7th December 2021 by The Travel Expert
I recently returned from a fabulous weekend in Lisbon. I had visited briefly many years ago, but it wasn’t until I spent three full days exploring this vibrant city that I really appreciated its beauty. The fact that it is on the coast and has warm temperatures for most of the year certainly helps its appeal, but it was the colourful buildings in the old town, the stunning views of Alfama, and its terrific food scene that captivated me the most....
Lisbon city guide
13th April 2018 by The Daily S'elf
If you’ve already read my Porto post, you might enjoy this Lisbon city guide. I wanted to go to Portugal badly, but couldn’t choose between the two cities, so I spent two nights in each, travelling by train from Porto to Lisbon. Here you’ll find information about Lisbon hotels, what to do, where to eat and drink and other useful information if you’re planning a short city break....
Porto city guide
12th March 2018 by The Daily S'elf
Over the last couple of years there’s been a massive increase in interest for Irish tourists travelling to Portugal. Sure, it’s always been popular, but it suddenly seemed like every second person on Instagram was posting pictures of beautiful tiles in Porto and delicious meals in Lisbon rather than package holidays to the Algarve. Keen to find out for myself what all the fuss is about, when I was approached by SuperValu to collaborate on some content surrounding their Real Rewards...
Weather in Portugal
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Portugal