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Portugal has a rich and unique culture, lively cities, picturesque countryside and stunning beaches where you can spend a great holiday, which could be one of the best value holiday destinations in Europe for any type of vacation.

From mainland Portugal to the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, holidaymakers can find the ideal place to relax: green mountains in the north, spectacular and gorgeous hills in the centre, fantastic unspoilt beaches on the Algarve, the natural haven of nine islands in Azores. Also you can discover the fantastic and exotic world of Madeira.

Welcome Worldwide Holiday Rentals has a wide range of holiday properties to rent and spend an unforgettable holiday time in Portugal.

Geography

Portugal is situated in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, it also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and North America. 
Mainland Portugal and the islands have all varieties of landscape, many nature reserves, amazing countryside and a huge variety of flora and fauna. This outstanding natural beauty gives holidaymakers the opportunity to choose from a varied selection of holidays.

History

Portugal is made up of people from different origins: Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, northern Europeans and Arabs. It is one of the oldest nations in Europe which has been independent since the 12th century whose borders have remained unchanged for centuries. However, with its long coastline the sea has played a large part in its history, and people from Portugal were the first to arrive in India, Japan and Brazil. In 1986, Portugal joined the European Union.

Culture

Portugal is a country with a fantastic variety of landscapes, customs, cuisine, and architecture. The monastery at Alcobaça is a wonderful example of Gothic design. Baroque dominates in the North of Portugal. Blue and white are the colours, where ever you go in Portugal you will find traditional blue and white ceramic tiles. 
Portugal’s cuisine is superb, from the freshest of fish to sumptuous meats and heavenly deserts, all of them delicacies to savour and enjoy with their magnificent wines. Portugal is the perfect place to rent a villa, a cottage or an apartment to have a cultural holiday.

Cities

Portugal has so many interesting cities. Just a few of them are:

Faro is the capital of the Algarve region, the most popular holiday destination in Portugal. Next to Faro is  the Ria Formosa nature reserve lagoon, a birth watching paradise where hundreds of different species of birds stop during their migration.
Guimaraes
, the most historical city in Portugal, where the country was born. Has lots of lovely cafes.
Lisbon (Lisboa). The national capital located on the north bank of the Tagus River facing the ocean. Nicknamed 'A Cidade das Sete Colinas' (The City of Seven Hills) after its defining features. There are many restaurants where you can enjoy the dishes of the day (pratos do dia).
Port (Porto) has a vibrant cultural scene and an unmistakable sense of identity. The home to port wine (vinho do Porto) where there are many wineries to enjoy it.

Activities

Outdoor. Portugal offers many places for horse riding, excellent routes for cycling and fantastic scenic trails for hiking and walks.

Water sports. Having close to 900 km of coastline, Portugal offers everyone an excellent beach holiday opportunity with lots of activities including: world famous areas for surfing (Cascais, Ericeira and Baleal), snorkelling, water-skiing and sailing. Canoeing is also available in the Peneda-Gerês National Park and a good boating destination is the Douro Valley (Port), where the River Douro is navigable.

Golf. Portugal was recently named "Best Golf Destination" by readers of Golfers Today, a British magazine. Fourteen of Portugal's courses are rated in the top 100 best in Europe. The Portuguese climate allows you to play golf all year around.

Welcome Worldwide Holiday Rentals

A great way to get a feel for the real Portugal is to stay in private accommodation rentals directly from owners through the Welcome Worldwide website. Fantastic villas in the Algarve and private villas on the golden Beach of Porto Santo. There are holiday houses to enjoy the beaches in the “charming garden island” of Madeira. Also beautiful holiday apartments to discover the beaches of the Alentejo. Rent beach holiday villas to enjoy the fine golden sands in the Sintra Coast. Rent holiday accomodation on the beaches of Ria Formosa. Spend a holiday in a villa on Europe’s largest beach on the Costa da Caparica. Rent lovely holiday houses sitting on the edge of the small sandy bays of Arrabida next to the Atlantic coast. Have a vacation in holiday apartments on the Costa da Prata (Aveiro).

Welcome-worldwide.com Holiday Rentals rent out holiday properties all over Portugal. Welcome Worldwide Holiday Rentals can assist holidaymakers with all holiday accommodation rentals in Portugal. Holiday letting on Welcome-worldwide.com website is done directly through the owners. With Welcome-worldwide.com you can rent a holiday accommodation suitable for all kinds of holidays: beach holidays in beach villas or beach apartments, city holidays in city apartments, rural holidays in rural houses or B&B’s, golf holidays in golf villas or golf apartments, luxury villas with pools in Portugal.


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