Vacation Rentals in Portugal

Portugal Local Information and Area Highlights

Travel to Portugal / Portugal Vacation Rentals

Portugal is a country of diverse landscapes, festivities, and a wealth of history. A Portugal vacation rental can be just as historical.

Portugal History and Heritage

Portugal brings a number of cultural/historical sites to the world by UNESCO’s World Heritage designation. The Monastery of Batalha symbolizes the Castilian victory in the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota, and housed the Portuguese monarchy for two centuries. A Natural Landscape designation is given to Sintra, a beautiful town blending history, art, and forest land in places like the Pena Palace. The Historical Centre of Évora is a white-painted city museum at its peak when the Portuguese crown came to Évora, and had a major impact on Brazilian architecture. Other sites are also well worth visiting on your trip to Portugal. While it may be tempting to stay indoors in the comfort of your luxurious Portugal vacation home, you will miss out on a bunch if you don't explore!

Portugal Vacation Spots

North Portugal consists of four regions: Porto, Douro, Tras-os-Montes, and Minho. Porto is the name of a key city in this section of Portugal, having a mix of traditional beliefs with a dynamic excitement, and with a beautiful coastline and a very active downtown area. The Douro River cuts through verdant cliff and mountain areas, and dams taming the river provide a pleasant cruise and pleasure boat experience. A place of nature and festivities defines Tras-os-Montes, where hiking and canoeing are popular, and you’ll find a superb park in Vidago with pools for swimming and a golf course. Minho lines the coast with gorgeous beaches and resorts, and an inland national park covering three mountains.

Central Portugal, called Beiras, contains two distinct areas. The inland area shows a mountainous, rocky terrain, with the highest peak in Portugal in the Serra da Estrela. A number of churches, monasteries, convents, and castles display art and history of centuries past. The Buçaco woodlands is a premier natural area to visit, surrounding the royal palace of Buçaco. The coastal area is littered with pine forests and white-sand beaches, and traditional artisans produce ceramic and glasswork. The Lisbon region features the capital city of Portugal, situated on the right bank of the Tagus River. Lisbon has a wealth of physical reminders of Portugal’s Age of Discoveries starting in the 1400’s. Activities in Lisbon include festivals, water sports, shopping, and exciting nightlife along the waterfront. Hear a traditional Fado song while dining. The nearby town of Sintra has fertile lands, lush landscape, and a culture heritage of mansions. Lisbon rentals are a great choice for history buffs.

The Alentejo region is a quieter area with less population. Attractive villages and towns sit along the Rota dos Castelos (Castle Region). Plains cover the area around Évora, including Monsaraz, Vila Viçosa, Estremoz, and Arraiolos; the latter is famous for tapestries made in the style of 17th and 18th century drawings. On the west side of the region, refresh at a wonderful Atlantic Beach. Vacationing in Algarve is joyous with practically constant sunshine, inviting waters, and eye-catching beaches. Its history is traceable in the architecture, especially in the Moorish chimneys, terraces, and homes. Golf, tennis, and spirited nightlife is enjoyable in Algarve. The north side of the region features lush fertile grounds, while the south coast is a terrain of sand beaches, red cliffs, and grottoes.

The Azores Islands are nine islands formed in an archipelago: São Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Corvo and Flores islands. Lakes here are in two colors, blue and green. The varied landscape includes prairie lands, the bright colors of azalea and hydrangea, and volcanoes. The very temperate climate makes this area special for vacationers. The Madeira Island archipelago was formed by volcanoes and is made up of the islands Madeira and Porto Santo, along with the Desertas and the Selvagans island groups. The landscape of Madeira lines the roads with waterfalls and trees, and is also shaped by mountains with heavy vegetation. The capital of Funchal has a nightlife filled with gaming, lively bars and dance clubs.

Give Portugal rentals a chance! 

Portugal vacation rentals are a much more affordable and comfier choice over hotels, so as you browse through the many Lisbon rentals, and other European homes, think about your budget and itenrary and inquire about your preferred accommodations. Your Portugal vacation home will not disappoint! Try Portugal rentals, not hotels, for your next vacation. 

Sites and tours to see

Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, with Baroque staircase in Lamego
Sé Cathedral in Evora
Moorish Castle in Sintra
Museo Machado de Castro in Coimbra
Fatima religious site
Cedofeita Church in Porto
Prince Henry the Navigator home in Porto
Clerigos Church in Porto
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Lisbon
The National Tile Museum in Lisbon
São Jorge Castle in Lisbon
The Botanical Gardens (Jardim Botanico) in Lisbon
The Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) in Lisbon