Spring holidays in Portugal
With pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine to make you think of summer, a springtime mini-break is an excellent opportunity to discover Portugal. You can explore in the great outdoors, visit monuments, sample the cuisine, do some shopping, go to events or simply roam wherever the fancy takes you, appreciating a variety of landscapes you would never have suspected could exist in such a small country.
As you travel around Portugal you will discover cities, towns and villages that offer so much for you to see and do. From historical heritage such as castles, museums and churches, veritable treasures from bygone days, to the flavours of the hugely varied cuisine that changes from region to region. And we must not forget to mention the wines of outstanding quality that taste even better when you drink them in the places where they were produced.
At this time of year, when nature is awakening from its winter slumber, cloaking the landscape with colours and scents, it is well worth paying a visit to the parks and nature reserves, where the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. Or take a stroll along the beach in temperatures that, at times, are already warm enough to tempt you to sunbathe and swim.
For those who prefer the big cities, Lisbon and Porto should not be missed. Both have received international acclaim and awards for their charm. They can be visited in all sorts of ways: on foot, by tram, bus, boat or "tuktuk". There are old neighbourhoods, monuments and museums to be discovered but also high quality modern architecture and the always surprising urban art that brings colour to spaces that at times are almost forgotten.
As far as shopping is concerned, there is something to suit everyone's taste, from high-end boutiques and shopping centres where you will be able to find all the latest fashions and international collections, to the street markets where genuine handicrafts are sold and the small establishments specialising in gourmet products.
And bearing in mind the time of year, why not take the opportunity to see how the Portuguese traditionally celebrate Easter in places such as Braga, Óbidos, Sardoal and Castelo de Vide? Or discover other religious festivals such as the Mãe Soberana Festivities in Loulé or the Festas da Senhora da Boa Viagem in Constância? There is also a huge variety of shows, concerts and exhibitions if you want to add some culture to your visit.
These are just a few suggestions but, of course, there's much more to choose from depending on your own particular likes and interests. You'd better start organising your trip!