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Most visitors to Portugal head for the sandy coves, pretty fishing villages, and manicured golf links of the Algarve.

But beyond the south coast resorts lies the least explored corner of Western Europe: a country of rugged landscapes, sophisticated cities, rural backwaters and sharply contrasting traditions.

Portugal appears to have no obvious geographical claim to nationhood, yet this western extremity of the Iberian Peninsula has existed within borders practically unchanged for nearly 800 years.

Its ten million people speak their own language, follow their own unique cultural traditions, and have a centuries-old history of proud independence from neighbouring Spain.

Portugal is so compact, and it's therefore easy to see so much from each of its elements. Scenically, the most interesting parts of the country are in the north: the Minho, green, damp, and often startling in its rural customs; and the splendid gorge and valley of the Douro, followed along its course by the railway, of which antiquated branch lines edge into remote Tras-os-Montes.

For modern interests, spend some time in both Lisbon and Porto, the only two cities of real size. And if it's monuments you require, the heart of the country – above all, Coimbra and Evora – retains a faded grandeur of days gone by.

The coast is virtually uninterrupted beach, and apart from the Algarve and a few pockets around Lisbon and Porto, resorts remain low-key and thoroughly Portuguese, with great stretches of deserted sands between them.

Perhaps the loveliest are along the northern Costa Verde, around Viana do Castelo, or, for isolation, the wild beaches of southern Alentejo.

Hotels in Portugal

Recommended hotels

1 Parque Mourabel, Oasis Village and Pe do Lago

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

Caminho do Lago Map

Featuring apartment-type accommodations set in the heart of Vilamoura near the beach, Parque Mourabel, Oasis Village and Pe Do Lago makes for an ideal retreat for leisure travellers exploring .... More

From US$88

2 Oura View Beach Club

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Rua Ramalho Ortigao Map

Oura View Beach Club is an ideal base for the travellers in Albufeira. This resort offers a pleasant stay for the guests with modern facilities and quality services. Guests can make a visit to the... More

Excellent Family Pool & Beach Location
We visited with our 7 & 9 year olds. This hotel has the best pools for a family holiday in this part of the Algarve. It's easy to get to shops and restaurants. The supermarket inside the hotel is...
4 Jun 2015
From US$69

3 HF Tuela Porto

3 stars
4.6 / 5

Rua Arq. Marques da Silva, 200 Map

Housed in a contemporary architecture right in the heart of Porto, HF Tuela Hotel Porto creates an ideal base for discerning travellers looking to experience everything this part of Portugal has to... More

From US$167

4 Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

5 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews

Largo Antonio Nobre Map

FREE use of the Spa

Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel is a lavish haven featuring inviting and upscale accommodations nestled on top of a slope in the beautiful island of Madeira. Vacationers at this Funchal... More

5 Star Pestana with 2 star service
Great hotel. Great location. Good price. That's usual review for Pestana Hotels. As for management: shortage of reception staff. Inconsistent breakfast and housekeeping services. Good Wi-Fi signal...
12 Jun 2015
From US$129

5 Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

5 stars
4.7 / 5 12 reviews

Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 105 Map

Stay 2 Nights & Save 10%

Offering cosy accommodation and convenient facilities, the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is an ideal place to spend your relaxing vacation. General The hotel boasts the city's largest congress centre,... More

What a great time my daughter and I had at Corinthia Lisbon. Our Junior suite was excellent with a very comfortable seating area. I had mentioned visiting to celebrate my daughters birthday and a...
23 Jun 2015

6 Moura Golf Village Hotel Algarve

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

Avenida do Parque. Volta do Faisao. Villamoura. Map

The Moura Golf Village Hotel Algarve is a self-catering property offering 50 family style villas that can accommodate up to 6 people, as well as the family pet. Cleaning service is offered 3 times... More

From US$74

7 Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel Albufeira

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Rua Do Municipio Lote 26 Map

Presenting tranquil ambience and comfortable accommodation, this property is an ideal place for a pleasant as well as a relaxing stay. GeneralConference facilities are also available for guests... More

From US$128

8 Altis Grand Hotel

5 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

11 Rua Castilho Map

Offering cosy accommodation and convenient facilities, Altis Grand Hotel is a perfect place for both business and leisure travellers. GeneralWith 18 meeting and banquet rooms, Altis Grand Hotel... More

From US$103

9 Vila Gale Porto

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

Avenida Fernao Magalhaes, 7 Map

Providing exceptional value, courteous service and comfortable accommodation, this property makes your stay pleasant and relaxing one. GeneralThe Vila Gale Hotel Porto also features modern meeting... More

modern hotel
excellent, except the blanket causes some itchiness
1 Jun 2014
From US$109

10 Pestana Casino Park Hotel and Casino

5 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

Rua Imperatriz D. Amelia Map

FREE use of the Spa

Set in the capital city of Funchal, Madeira, Pestana Casino Park Hotel Madeira is ideal for travellers visiting the island for business or for pleasure. Many of Funchal's major attractions such as... More

Prices reflect the lowest "base rate" found over the next 30 days. Rates are subject to change and may not include taxes and fees, hotel service charges, extra person charges, or incidentals, such as room service. Converted rates are provided for your convenience. They are based on today's exchange rate, but the hotel will charge you in the local currency. Taxes may be payable in addition.
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