Found on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is located in the westernmost part of mainland Europe. The beautiful landscapes, its rich history and culture, as well as its diverse climate make this European Union country an ideal choice for a vacation. Whether a tourist plans to play under the sun and enjoy the sand, go for an exciting outdoor adventure or take a heritage tour of its age old attractions, Portugal has everything in store for travellers of any kind.
The perfect weather for beach time
The beautiful climate coming from the Atlantic Ocean that borders Portugal to the west makes it a top choice for beach combers and sun worshippers. If one is looking forward to getting a tan on one of the most popular beaches in the country, they can do so by visiting the astonishing coastlines and the beautiful natural charm of the Algarve. The beaches in Espinho in Portugal's northern region, as well as the shores situated along Costa de Prata in the central Portugal region are also worth a visit. And if those are not enough, the stunning beaches on the Costa de Lisboa, as well as the one in the Alentejo, also promise an unforgettable day under the sun.
Apart from enjoying the sun and the surf, and the numerous thrilling water adventures, the traveler friendly weather also allows for a perfect opportunity to sit back and relax, take beautiful photographs of the water and nature, dine al fresco in one of the seaside restaurants and enjoy the night life in one of the top entertainment places in Porto, Lisbon, and Albufeira.
Portugal's golf haven
The temperate Portugal weather also paved the way for construction of top notch golf facilities in the country. A number of its courses are included in the top 100 best golf courses in Europe, and most renowned local resorts offer classes with professional golfers as instructors. The famous golf haven in the region has a little something for every sporting enthusiasts, may they be newbies or seasoned golfers. The golfers simply enjoy their wonderful experience on the golf courses of Portugal, and the country was actually voted Best Golf Destination of 2012 by the British publication, Golfers Today.
Exploring the great outdoors
Perhaps one of the best things to do in the clear-sky weather of Portugal is spend hours exploring the great outdoors. The warm weather is perfect to go out for a hike exploring natural trails, rock climbing or biking along the local streets or through the terrains of Geres. Those who want more exhilarating adventures can also give the white water rafting activities along the streams of the Douro River a try
Portugal will probably impress the most meticulous weatherman with its varying types of weather. Although the climate is relatively moderate and dry in most areas of the county, it is also interesting to note that because of its rough topography, the groups of islands that make up the Azores and Madeira have a subtropical climate, and these areas tend to be drier during the summer. Porto Santo island, on the other hand, has a semi arid desert climate and is expected to be warmer than the rest of the region.
During winter, snowfalls also occur mostly in the inner north and center of Portugal, particularly in the areas of Serra da Estrela, Serra do Marao, Serra de Montesinho, and Serra do Geres. Snow may also fall occasionally in other areas with higher elevations.
In and around Portugal on a sunny day
Apart from the scenic beaches and world class golf courses, one of Portugal's oldest charms will have to be the old buildings and its rich and colorful history and heritage. The fine sunny weather is perfect for a heritage tour of the old attractions. For a number of remarkable monuments and amazing views of the city, a day trip to Lisbon, Porto, or Sintra will prove to be worth anyone's time. Of course, the beautiful attractions found in Viana do Castelo, Evora, Angra, as well those in Viseu, Lamego and Vila Real are also places worthy of a visit.
Another wonderful Portugal experience that the good weather permits is visiting the countryside. If one plans to spend their holidays experiencing the picturesque Portugal countryside, the best places to visit are Chaves, Miranda do Douro, Douro Valley, Leiria, Elvas or Castelo Branco.