From broad swathes of golden sand to intimate coves, Portugal’s beaches have it all. Yet there’s more than beach to this little nation, one of Europe’s favourite holiday destinations.
Year-round clement weather can make Portugal the perfect spot for an active family holiday. Our luxury villas in Portugal don’t just offer access to the Algarve’s famous golf courses. Surfing, mountain biking, riding, fishing, kayaking and yoga are all available on tap, adding yet more layers to its undisputed family appeal.
The warm open welcome that greets you at almost every turn, makes Portugal a great place to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. Savour an ice-cold local beer alongside a fresh catch of grilled sardines; meander around pretty fishing villages that once were Moorish settlements; explore ancient castles and romantic villages.
Or you may just choose to relax with a glass of chilled wine as the kids splash in the sparkling Mediterranean under the warm sun. We certainly wouldn’t blame you!
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Portuguese is the national language of Portugal. Vernacular speech contains borrowings from foreign languages, including English, so you may hear some familiar words in everyday speech. People whose work brings them into contact with visitors from overseas are generally excellent English speakers, especially in the resort areas of the Algarve.
The Euro is the national currency of Portugal. Major credit cards are widely accepted (though American Express less so) and ATM access is widespread. Travellers cheques however might not be accepted everywhere.
Tipping in Portugal
Like most European countries, tipping in restaurants is common, with a recommended 10% on a discretionary basis according to service. Check that a service charge has not been added to your bill before deciding whether to tip. Taxi drivers do not usually expect a tip but it is common practice and considered polite to round up taxi fares.
Clothing in Portugal
Style is fairly casual throughout Portugal though in more rural areas and during Easter more conservative dress may be observed, for example, covered shoulders. Cathedrals, churches and other religious sites require conservative dress. Both sexes should cover their arms, legs and shoulders. Cotton and other light fabrics are comfortable choices for summertime as the heat can be extreme during summer months. You are advised to take lightweight light coloured items, including a sun hat to protect your skin from the affects of sun damage. Spring and autumn temperatures dictate light to medium-weight clothing selections and in winter you will need a pullover and jacket. When dining at better restaurants and for any special occasion during your journey, dress is more formal. For gentlemen, a “jacket and tie” standard is appropriate, with an equivalent standard of eveningwear for ladies. Some golf courses have a dress code and you are advised to check in advance. Your Abercrombie & Kent Villas Consultant will be happy to assist