Our fantastic range of private holiday villas with pools in Portugal features hand-picked homes for family holidays in the sun-blessed Algarve in the south and the culturally rich west coast around Lisbon and as far north as Porto and the Douro Valley wine areas. Many of our Portuguese holiday homes have stunning sea views and often you can walk to the beach. There are some inland villas to rent such as those in the Porto wine region which offer exceptional value for money and for those seeking a top-end home there is a fabulous selection of luxury properties. Our Portugal experts can help you choose.
The Algarve boasts some of the world's best golf courses and a wealth of top quality sports facilities which attract both holidaymakers and professional sportsmen and women alike. The Costa Verde is rich from trading and production of Portugal's famous Porto wine and boasts splendid architecture in sophisticated towns. The Costa Lisboa boasts several well-known resorts and the Silver Coast or Costa da Prata is a beautiful area stretching from northern Lisbon up to Porto, an area rich in culture.
Sunny all year Portugal is a country of many facets and the Costa Verde, Costa de Prata, Lisbon and the Algarve are among the finest regions on the coast. Check out our outstanding selection of coastal Portugal villas and to see what's on in Portugal and what to see what to visit whilst staying in your Portugal villa have a look at our more Portugal information section.
Travelling to Portugal is relatively easy by air as there are direct flights to Faro (FAO), Lisbon (LIS) and Porto (OPO) airports. The road network is constantly improving.
Portugal is serviced by low-cost airlines including Easyjet, Jet2, Ryanair, bmibaby as well as Aer Lingus and TAP. Flights from London to Faro (FAO 2 hours and 50 minutes). Flights from London to Lisbon (LIS 2 hours and 45 minutes). Flights from London to Porto (OPO 2 hours and 20 minutes).
The climate in the south of Portugal is warm and sunny nearly all year round, with little rainfall. Temperatures get hot during the main school summer holiday months of July and August. On the west coast of Portugal, the climate is lovely and warm from May to September with more rainfall than the south.
Portugal time is the same as Greenwich Mean Time as it is in the Western European Time Zone (WET).
Food and drink
Perhaps less well known for its culinary prowess than other prominent European countries Portugal is none the less a real gastronomic centre with Lisbon at the heart of it.
When on holiday in Portugal the chances are you will eat out in a restaurant overlooking the sea and that is one of the great charms of the country. Portugal is a great seafaring nation and the Portuguese know how to make the best of the fruit of the sea. Restaurants in Portugal are often charming and the prices reasonable too.
Holiday books to read
Night train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercer is an intriguing recent best-selling novel which gives a fascinating insight into the old dictatorship regime. Other interesting novels are The Anarchist Banker which Eugenio Lisboa edited and The sin of father Amaro (Carcanet). For an insight into the culture and geography of Portugal Marion Kaplan - The Portuguese: The land and its people is a good place to start.
Films to see before a holiday in Portugal
Perhaps the best known of the films set in Portugal is an old classic; The Boys from Brazil starring Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck. More recent is the Belle Epoque with Penelope Cruz. The Lisbon story by Wim Wenders is hard to get hold of but much admired by lovers of Lisbon.
Rent a villa in Portugal, what to expect
On the whole linen and towels are provided, included in the price of our rental houses in Portugal. A security deposit is invariably required, this is paid on arrival and returned when you depart. Usually, final cleaning is also included and some even have additional cleaning service provided during your stay. Each Portugal villa description details what is and is not included along with the optional extras which can be requested.