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Thanks to the very pleasant climate and the beautiful nature that you can find here, Portugal is an ideal country to go on holiday. If you don't know what to experience, then make sure to read on. Below we listed a number of sights and activities that should not be missed during your stay in a holiday home in Portugal. If you can use some inspiration, take a quick look further and get inspired by all the beautiful things Portugal has to offer.
Because of its location on the Atlantic Ocean and with Spain as its only neighbor, Portugal has a maritime character. The long history of the country contributed to its unique culture. Portugal is actually one of the oldest countries in the world. It was founded in 868. Formerly called the Portuguese Empire, Portugal was a world power with overseas territories in not only Africa and Asia, but also South America. Partly because of this position and the active role Portugal played in the century of exploration, there were many civilizations that crossed the Mediterranean and the European continent and in the long run influenced Portugal's culture. The fascinating history can be felt in the big cities, but also in each and every one of its small charming villages. For a real feel of the laid back rural life of Portugal, you can check our quintas.
Flora and fauna
One would assume that Portugal's nature is the same as that of Spain, but that's not correct. The North of Portugal is mountainous and surrounded by fairly humid and green lush areas, like in Parque Natural do Alvão. You will mainly find trees such as chestnuts, oaks, birches, and pine trees. In its central parts, Portugal is less mountainous and also less humid than the North. In the South, it is mostly dry and subtropical. On the mainland, there are mostly deer, goats, rabbits, hares, and wild boars. The coastline around Portugal has a rich population of animal species. Sea turtles, dolphins and whales are often seen by visitors. Because of its location in Southern Europe, Portugal is an important part of the large bird migration in spring and autumn. This is the ideal time to go out into nature and enjoy bird watching from your cottage.
Resting time or active holiday in the greater outdoors?
Not everyone goes on holidays to rest through massages, pampering, and extra-long sleep. Some people find it wonderfully relaxing to do as much as possible on holiday. If you are one of them, then you'll probably choose a holiday filled with fun and exciting activities in nature. Think about what would be most relaxing for you, for example taking long walks every day, or maybe even hiking trips, and days for trekking? Stay in one of our many holiday homes, while looking for the best activities every day. Some interesting suggestions - climbing, archery, paragliding, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, swimming with dolphins … It is, of course, useful to check in advance whether you can find it all in your area. Whatever you choose, you will definitely enjoy going on a holiday in Portugal.
Also, make sure you don't do too much during your active holiday. If you dedicate more of your time to a few activities, rather than all, you will actually have more quality time. In the end, only you know what you can handle and what you can't handle. But if you are planning an active holiday for yourself and for someone else, make sure that the person can appreciate this and that there is also something where the person can relax in a different way. That way you will both enjoy a great holiday and be ready for new challenges.
Do you get all zen from a luxury spa, swimming, and treating yourself? Maybe your holiday park or luxury holiday home offers this, but if not, you can always look for something beautiful in the neighborhood. Use the filters on the left to see which nature houses are equipped with sauna and/or jacuzzi, hot tub.
Portugal is the ultimate holiday destination for those who are in love with nature and culture. It offers the perfect balance between the two. Sun, sea, and beach are often the three words that are used to describe the country, but Portugal has a lot more to offer! Continue reading if you want to learn some useful tips about the best places to visit in Portugal.
The stunning beaches
Because of the long coastline of no less than 832 kilometers, the beach is never far away from your Portuguese cottage. Besides the larger, busy beaches, there are also small quiet beaches between the cliffs. Next to sunbathing and relaxing, Portugal is also a popular destination for surfing. You can surf in Portugal all year long, so that can hardly go wrong. Of course, the beach is always very nice to visit during your holiday anyway. Just walking on the sand with the sound of the sea in the background is always very relaxing. One of the most popular areas for this is Algarve.
Visit the oldest bookshop in the world
Yeah, you read that right. The oldest bookstore in the world, called Bertrand, opened in 1732 and is located in Portugal's capital, Lisbon. For the book lover, a breathtaking place you want to see, and who knows, you might find a nice book to read on the porch of your cottage in the evening. So if you are a real book lover, you can't miss going there.
Peneda-Gerês National Park
Portugal has only one national park, but this should not be missing from your list while there. The park has an area of about 700 square kilometers and it is located in the northwest of the country. In this area, you will find mountains, picturesque villages, forests, and waterfalls. The area is not only suitable for hikers, but also for climbers and cyclists. With a bit of luck, you can spot a roe deer or boar. And if you plan a walk with a 'wolf guide', you can also see the Iberian wolf!
The capital: Lisbon
You should definitely visit the aforementioned, romantic city of Lisbon. While strolling through the picturesque streets, you can still enjoy real, authentic architecture. It is not only the capital of Portugal but also the largest city. Lisbon is quite big with many things to discover. It is therefore impossible to explore everything in this beautiful city in one day, but a day in Lisbon is still a lot of fun! And when you haven't been able to see enough, you can always come back. Visit the Oceanarium and be amazed by the beautiful underwater life. It is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. Don't miss it, especially if you're going with your kids! The Oceanarium offers a lot of activities and of course you can also enjoy the beautiful sharks and other fish swimming around you. When you stay with Nature.house, you are never in the crowded city areas. You will be living in the nature that surrounds Lisbon, so you are lucky to have that different perspective to the capital of Portugal.