Portugal is a beautiful destination, with plenty to appeal to all kinds of holidaymaker. If you want nightlife, you've got it at the vibrant centres of the Algarve, Faro and Lagos, plus the popular holiday resort Albufeira.

If its history and culture you want then the medieval cities and towns of Portugal will transport you back in time, and for beautiful beaches, the Algarve never fails to deliver. Whatever type of holiday you want, you'll find it in Portugal.

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The capital of Faro is a prime holiday spot in itself, with its miles of sweeping sands – a mecca for sunbathers, sandcastle builders and windsurfers alike. If you're flying into Faro on route to somewhere else, it's well worth taking a day out to explore its historic old town, grand theatres, pretty plazas and green spaces. The seaside city of Albufeira manages to combine the cobbled streets, traditional restaurants and authentic shops of the old town with the modern, rainbow-coloured builds of the marina, the bustling nightlife of the San Joao strip and, not one but two, beautiful beaches.

Another old meets new Portuguese city, Lagos, boasts a collection of golden sand beaches plus plenty of chance for outdoor adventures and partying. Whether you fancy Portugal for its glorious beaches, or you're in it for the historic city sights, holidays here always deliver. Book your cheap flights to Portugal with Thomascook Airlines and embrace the sunny delights of this Mediterranean gem.

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The Seven Wonders of Portugal are the Castles of Guimarães and Óbidos, Pena National Palace, the Batalha, Alcobaça, Jerónimos Monasteries, and the Belém Tower.


The Dom Luís I or Ponte Luís Bridge in Porto is the longest arch bridge in the world and is one of the most popular sights in Portugal.


The Algarve offers world-renowned beaches and golf courses, plus an impressive average of 3,000 hours of sunshine every year.


The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is a fantastically ornate 15th century monastery in Lisbon.


Portugal’s most famous castles, the 10th century Castle of Guimarães and the 12th century Castelo de Óbidos represent the rich history of the country.


Porto is the birthplace of port, making it the perfect place for a spot of wine tasting and exploring the centuries-old alleyways of the UNESCO old town.


The UNESCO listed Tower of Belém is a fascinating fortified tower which used to defend Portugal’s shores and represented a ceremonial gateway to the country.


The people of Funchal, on the tiny island of Madeira, use fun ways to get around the hills and mountains like cable cars and even toboggans.


Albufeira’s most popular beach is Praia da Falésia, which gets its name from the red cliffs that line this sandy beach and protect sunbathers from the wind.


Sintra’s Palácio da Pena is a romantic 19th century palace surrounded by exotic trees and spectacular views. Don’t miss the beautiful chapel there.