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With its delightfully mild climate, more than three thousand hours of glorious sunshine every year and mile upon mile of golden beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is a holiday destination that is open for business all year round.

With richly contrasting landscapes, a fascinating cultural heritage and a fantastic variety of places to stay and activities to try, this really is a country that blends the traditional and the modern absolutely seamlessly.

If you’re considering a holiday in Portugal, it’s a good idea to bear in mind the variations in the weather from region to region. Factors which influence the weather include the position of the resort in relation to the sea and both the latitude and topography of the area. Generally speaking, April to October is the ideal time to travel (with the exception of the Alentejo and Alto Douro regions, where the temperatures can soar to an uncomfortable level during these months).

Spring are and autumn are particularly lovely seasons to see this fabulous country in its best light - the days are delightfully sunny bot not too hot and there are far fewer visitors than the hordes that descend in the height of summer. However, visit in the summer and it is still possible to enjoy a relatively peaceful holiday, with many beaches off the beaten track still pretty isolated. Of course, if you are heading to Portugal to take advantage of the great variety of its many sporting and other activities, the main resorts are perfectly set up to cater for all your needs - from high-end golf resorts to professionally run scuba diving schools. For an action packed holiday in perfect weather, Portugal really is the ideal destination.

The Algarve is probably the best known and most popular region of the country. It has more than 300 days of sun each year. Warmed from the air and sea currents that flow in from Africa, good weather is a reliable and consistent factor of a visit here.

For a city break to Lisbon or Porto, consider visiting during the autumn. The temperature is still warm at this time of year -indeed - the mercury very rarely falls below zero, even in mid-winter. Portuguese winters are fairly mild, although snow does fall in the mountains in the north of the country, and in the cities you are more likely to see rain. Lisbon in particular is prone to rainy conditions towards the end of the year, so do bear this I mind when planning your break.

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