Portugal is blessed with 1793 kilometres of coastline, pristine white sandy beaches and plenty of hidden coves to explore. As the oldest country in Europe, Portugal shares the same time zone as the UK and is located on the Atlantic Ocean. With a warm Mediterranean climate, Portugal makes a stunning destination throughout the year and is remarkably affordable for such a beautiful sun-kissed country.
Fly to Portugal from Liverpool
There are an array of great destinations to choose from when you fly from Liverpool to Portugal. Whether it's the beaches of the Algarve or the wonderfully well preserved cities of Lisbon or Porto you can flay direct to Portugal from Liverpool and immerse yourself in this wonderful country from day one.
Weather in Portugal never seems to drop below 12 degrees in winter, but during the summer, temperatures can rise to over 25°c, perfect to top up your tan on one of the many white sandy beaches. If relaxation is not what you’re looking for, work up a sweat and climb Lisbon’s Cristo Rei, a huge statue of Christ that looks down over the capital below, giving tourists an incredible photography opportunity and breath-taking views. In downtown Lisbon, visit Gulbenkian, a museum full of fascinating artefacts, set in lush gardens, or head to the oldest coffeehouse in Lisbon, Café Martinho da Arcada, established in 1782. Savour a coffee and enjoy a traditional Portuguese custard tart, Pastel de Nata as you take in the sights of the city.
The ultimate European destination for diving, surfing and golf, the Algarve in Portugal offers some of the best waves, golf resorts and marine life in Europe. In the south of Portugal, Faro the capital of the Algarve region offers traditional charm and a pretty Old Town. Situated on the edge of the Ria Formosa national park, Faro is an untouched region of natural beauty.
A perfect base to explore the Algarve region, the city features historic monuments, a bustling shopping centre and hidden beaches, the perfect setting for romantic breaks and honeymoons. Don’t be fooled by the calm and tranquil atmosphere of the city during the day, after dark, Faro is transformed. Home to an impressive student population, after the sun goes down, Faro comes to life. With a modern and lively nightlife, even during the quieter months, bars offer a mix of traditional entertainment and nightclubs. Kicking off from 10pm till late, dine out in one of the traditional Portuguese restaurants and then head to a club or bar until sunrise. The Old Town is the heart of Faro nightlife, but for a more sophisticated evening, spend time at the marina and head to the 500 year old Bar Columbus for an elegant dining experience with signature cocktails.
Portugal offers a range of water sports, including paddle surfing, bodyboarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing. If you’re new to surfing, let the gentle Atlantic waves that kiss the coast of Lagos in southern Portugal, provide you with a base to learn and perfect your technique. One of the best surf schools in Lagos is Surf Experience, offering beginner classes and only an hour drive from Faro. Let The Algarve increase your adrenalin levels and provide a thrilling water-sport destination.
Stargaze in the Alentejo region of Portugal. For 290 nights of the year, the clear skies around Lake Alqueva offer the ultimate stargazing experience. Declared the world’s first starlight tourism destination by UNESCO, thanks to its limited pollution, visitors can take astronomy workshops and pinpoint constellations and planets.
Swim with sharks in the Azores. With nine islands a few hours off the coast of Europe, the Azores offer warm currents and perfect conditions for a thriving marine life. With several species of sharks calling this place home, you’ll have the opportunity to swim with blue sharks, who are not interested or intimidating by humans and so no shark cage is required.
With a massive sweet tooth, the Portuguese are known for their passion for rich and creamy pastries. Indulge and enjoy their most famous pastry, the pasteis de Belem, a bite size custard tart topped with cinnamon, which was first manufactured according to an old recipe from the Jeronimos Monastery in 1837. Now the Lisbon bakery Antiga Confeitaria de Belem sells over 50,000 of this sweet dessert every Sunday.