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Holiday Villas and Apartments to Rent in Portugal

Portugal offers a diverse mix of exciting resorts, endless leisure facilities, gorgeous sea views and a rich history and culture. Comprised of five delightful regions and two graceful islands, take your pick between idealistic coastal resorts or rural getaways.

A villa holiday in Portugal gives you the freedom to relax on the beaches of the Algarve, enjoy a picturesque boat trip in Lisbon, or explore the traditional Portuguese Medieval Óbidos village situated within the wonderful Silver Coast.

Panoramic Villas are proud to offer various private villas and apartment rentals to suit all budgets. Many of our holiday villas are in walking distance to the beachfront and just minutes drive to a range of local amenities.

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An Introduction to Portugal

Portugal is a tranquil country and a place known for it's diverse offering of activities for all to enjoy. From the rocky mountain peaks, obscure gorges and charming vineyards of the north, to the pristine sandy beaches, scenic hills and wide horizons in the south, tourists have fascinating amounts of history and culture to discover in Portugal.

Portugal is Europe’s most western part and its consistently hot temperatures also make it the warmest country. Experience everything from a late night party in one of Lisbon’s renowned clubs, a mountain hike inhabited by wolves and lynx, or a relaxing day on a deserted cove, the best way to relax in true Portuguese style.

The country has effortlessly combined culture, heritage and liberal attitudes to invent one of Europe’s finest holiday destinations. The countries relatively small size offers a place rich with history and culture, and therefore is appealing to a wide variety of visitors.

Portugal has been blessed with a beautiful climate and spectacular natural scenery, including the beautiful sandy coastlines that tourists and holiday goers flock to. As a people, the Portuguese are extremely welcoming and friendly, and the whole country has a relaxed and laid-back approach to life.

The economy of Portugal is very much reliant on tourism, and the government has actively inspired investment to ensure the facilities are excellent, hotels are quality and tourism services provided are of the highest standards.

Exploring and travelling around such a wonderful country is stress free, with empty roads, reliable public transport and almost all providing tourist services speaking English. Portugal is famous for its exceptional value for money, especially when compared with other European countries, making it the ideal place for an lengthy backpacking trek or last-minute holiday.

A Brief History of Portugal

Portugal’s famous navigators opened up several sea routes to the world, bringing back riches from Africa, Brazil and India. Their legacy can be seen everywhere – in the cities that were built on the riches of the discoveries, in traditional Manueline architecture, and in Portugal’s present-day open-minded approach to other cultures. For everywhere visitors reside, they are met by warmth, generosity and friendly-spirited people.

Top places of historical interest include:

  • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon - one of Portugal's most cherished and revered buildings, featuring many fine examples of Manueline architecture.

  • Torre de Belém, Lisbon - one of the countries most appreciated historic monuments, the tower stands as a symbol of the Age of Discovery and the voyages of exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • Convento do Cristo, Tomar - a mighty castle shielding the Convento do Cristo, one of Portugal's most eye-catching historic attractions.

  • Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga - Portugal's most famous religious sanctuary, located on a wooded slope six kilometres east of Braga, that is one of the most meaningful pilgrimage sites in the entire country.

  • Castelo de Guimarães - grand castle that best symbolises the role played by the town of Guimarães in defining the nation's culture and tradition - appearing on the Portuguese coat of arms.

Best places to visit in Portugal

Portugal's tourism has been hugely successful over the past few decades, and despite such popularity continues to be one of the best value European destinations.

It truly has it all - a rich history, innovative artwork, award-winning golf courses, gorgeous views and incredibly welcoming locals. Visiting Portugal is easier than ever, thanks to the introduction of TAP Air Portugal, the country’s main airline, and has increased their stopover program to five days.

Here we present 5 places to visit in Portugal, each offering an abundance of things to see and do for the entire family to enjoy.

1. Algarve

The Algarve is one of the most popular destinations to visit, thanks to its mix of consistently warm weather, hiking trails, tranquil beaches, and wonderful villa rentals. Each major city is worth visiting - including the likes of Faro, Albufeira, Portimão and Vilamoura - and a weekend away to either may well convince you that heaven on earth is actually real.

Discover historical troves, glistening waters and breath taking cliffs - like those at Camilo Beach in Lagos - stretched across the region, and don’t worry if Portuguese isn't your fluent language. Many towns and villages in the Algarve (if not most), are more English-speaking than Portuguese in modern times, especially the areas of Albufeira and Vilamoura.

2. Porto

Portugal’s second largest city seems much like the capital, since both are represented by timely, colourful buildings sprinkled across rugged, but Porto is very much the yin to Lisbon’s yang.

Lisbon is literally bright and sunny, whereas Porto shines with a wealth of culture. for lovers of Portugal’s azulejos tiles,don't miss out on the famous São Bento railway station, that offers a stunning array of mosaic tiles, transforming the walls into memorable artwork.

You will also find a number of gardens, cathedrals, palaces and the cuisine on offer is often said to be the best in the country. Known for its abundance of famous wines, Porto’s vast vineyards make up most of the nearby Douro Valley.

3. Madeira

Madeira is a wonderful subtropical island that has become one of the go-to destinations in Portugal for many activities including hiking, spending sunny days on the beach and eating an array of exotic food, plus, the capital Funchal offers one of the most unforgettable New Year’s Eve parties across the globe.

If New Year’s isn't on your radar, no problem; visiting the main island and smaller, adjacent parts is always a good plan, and Porto Santo is where sunbathing enthusiasts will discover one of the most gorgeous stretches of sand in Portugal.

Other landmarks in Madeira, and smaller islands close by, include the house that once belonged to Christopher Columbus, the Cristiano Ronaldo Museum and the Madeira Wine Museum.

4. Lisbon

The Portuguese capital continues to be at the top of many travel itineraries, and tourists are excited to sink their teeth into a range of authentic cuisine including pasteis de nata and bacalhau specialities, whilst exploring the wonderful Portuguese calçadas (traditional mosaic walkways).

Despite the huge increase in tourism, Lisbon continues to be a city that can be discovered on budget and is still one of the most quaint and affordable capitals in Europe. Visitors can expect twisting, narrow roads, and amazing views; walking around in the evening is also a treat.

The district of Chiado is also worth a visit, boasting the worlds oldest book shop, or the boho-chic Bairro Alto, which is perfect for those seeking entertaining nightlife. Lovely weather and endless sunshine means there’s never a bad time to visit Lisbon.

In Costa Azul, located to the south of Lisbon, delicious aromas and gentle melodies (known as fado) meander from cozy bars and restaurants that stretch along slender, cobbled streets.

View our luxury villa in Costa Azul for inspiration.

5. Óbidos

Romantic, charming and picturesque, Óbidos, part of the Silver Coast, is the perfect place for those who like to take photographs.

Expect an array of white houses decorated in bright flowers and traditional shops offering various souvenirs for tourists. Make sure you get a taste of the Ginja de Óbidos, a local cherry liqueur often served in miniature chocolate cups.

Once offered as a wedding gift from Portuguese kings to their wives, this city has since developed a reputation for one of the most romantic retreats in Portugal. Óbidos is also known as the city for book lovers, largely thanks to the wonderful Literary Man Hotel.

Discover our luxurious Portuguese villa located in the heart of Óbidos.

Beaches in Portugal

There’s no doubting that Portugal is the perfect destination for beach-lovers, with many stunning spots along its shore.

Between the mainland, the Azores, and the island of Madeira, discover plenty of sandy shores, rocky cliffs, and wonderful views to enjoy.

In no particular order, here are 5 desirable beaches to visit in Portugal:

  1. Praia de Benagil - one of the most famous and heavily snapped caves in the Algarve, located close to Carvoeiro in the fishing village of Benagil. The Algar de Benagil is a standout feature of the local beach and is only accessible by water (reaching by boat is the easiest).

  2. Praia da Marinha - located in Lagoa, these sands offer the perfect insights into a typical Algarve-style beach, smothered in soft sands and decorated with colourful cliffside. It is among the least busy spots in the area, perhaps because its only accessible by car followed by a walk down several steps along the cliffs.

  3. Praia da Rocha - closer to the tourist locations in Portimão, this beach is one of the largest in the area and is hugely popular, thanks to its convenient spot close to hotels, cafés, restaurants, and bars. It is also considered one of the Algarve’s best resort beaches.

  4. Praia da Nazaré - located in central Portugal, Nazaré's main beach is a prime surfing spot, especially for those seeking adventurous, adrenaline-fuelled water. The waves are huge, so much so that the largest wave in the world was actually surfed here.

  5. Portinho da Arrabida - south of Lisbon is the wonderful Serra da Arrabida, a popular hiking area that offers additional sandy beaches along the mountainsides. At the top of the list is Portinho da Arrabida, boasting it's multi-hued water and golden sands.

Portugal Weather

The weather in Portugal is set by blue skies, pleasant oceans, and an abundance of sun, even in the winter months. This European holiday destination offers long days filled with beaming sunshine, a small chance of rain, and a cool breeze along the coast, where you’ll find it’s lovely and mild even during winter.

The weather in Portugal is still desirable in the winter, with average daily temperature reaching 15°C. January is the wettest month, but rainfall is only ever light.

The temperature begin to rise in April as summer is close, with an average high of 20°C in the capital of Lisbon. Be sure to expect a minimum of ten hours of daily sunshine during a typical spring day in Portugal.

Portugal Travel Information

Thousands of tourists arrive at Portugal’s airports every week ready for a memorable holiday in a unique European destination.

The Portela Airport in Lisbon is the base of the Portuguese airline Transportes Aéreos Portugueses (TAP), which provides several schedule services.

Important secondary airports are:

  • Porto

  • Faro Airport

Once you have arrived in Portugal, there are many forms of transport options to choose from to help you get from place to place, such as:

Road network

Portugal’s roads have come a long way since the 1970s, with major motorway and road developments happening around the country.

Highways connect the largest towns and extend to the neighbouring border and ports. There are many "superhighways" in Portugal, all roads starting with ‘A’ (auto-estrada) have four lanes.

Secondary roads link the major towns with almost every part of the region and several of the country's main roads date way back to ancient times.


Comboios de Portugal (Trains of Portugal) provide the highly-reliable national railway service. There is a considerably large network covering the mainland, as well as international trains reaching destinations such as Madrid, Paris and Vigo.

Different types of trains travel to certain areas, with all major Portuguese cities and towns being connected. They are a fast, comfortable, punctual on time a relatively cheap and an affordable way of getting around.


Taking a bus is a cost-effective and simple way to get to places. Bus stops are located over the major towns and cities of Portugal and many visitors like to experience this form of transport thanks to the scenic views along the way.


There are seven major seaports in Portugal, these are located in:

  • Lisbon

  • Faro

  • Leixões

  • Aveiro

  • Setúbal

  • Figueira da Foz

  • Sines


In addition to the rail network, above ground there is an underground network operating in Lisbon and Porto. running into the early hours. The capital’s network spreads across the city and is a convenient way to explore Lisbon. Many stations are decorated with colourful painted tiles that transform into works of art.


Finding a taxi is super easy in Portugal. They are placed all over the country and are normally cream in colour, whilst traditional taxis are black with a green roof making them easy to spot.

Like most taxi services, fares are displayed on a meter which increases as the journey continues. Taxi drivers are always willing to offer approximate prices for a specific journey beforehand to help give you an idea of how much it will cost.

Warning, additional fees are added when you phone up for a taxi in advance, and luggage (regardless of its size and weight) carries an extra price also.

Car Hire

The best way to explore the charming lands of Portugal is via car hire. There is nothing quite like getting behind the wheel and hitting the road, without having to rely on anyone else.

Villas in Portugal

Here at Panoramic Villas, we are proud to offer exceptional Portuguese villas to rent that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our stunning villa rentals also include a host of amenities and luxuries including:

  • Outdoor swimming pool

  • Private pool

  • Hot tub

  • Pool table

  • Table tennis

  • Gym

  • Private dining area with BBQ

  • Air conditioning

  • High speed WIFI

  • High quality entertainment system

  • Washing machine

Whether you're seeking stunning sea views, a great location near the beach, a relaxing swim in a private pool or an inviting hot tub to jump into each morning, our wide range of family villas in Portugal available has something for every holiday goer.

Our luxury villa rentals are placed in popular villa holiday destinations, including:

Please feel free to browse our villas and for any additional information or questions you may have about our holiday rentals, contact us for more information.

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