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Make a Portugal villa rental or vacation rental your home away from home in this fascinating country on the Iberian Peninsula.
Lisbon (Lisboa), the capital of Portugal, lies on the southern portion of the country's Atlantic coast. Guests of Lisbon vacation rentals and villas can explore the old neighborhoods of Rossio, Barrio Alto and Alfama and enjoy the spectacular views from the Castelo de Sao Jorge. Top historical sights include the Monastery of Jeronimos and the 16th century Sao Roque Church, with its richly decorated Baroque chapel.
Lisbon's most popular museums include the fabulous art collection at the Gulbenkian Museum, the display of royal coaches at the Coach Museum, the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Archeological Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Just outside of Lisbon are the beaches of the Costa do Sol, which were the most popular beaches in Portugal until the development of the Algarve. Well-known resorts for guests of Portugal vacation rentals include Cascais and Estoril.
The 100-mile-long Algarve coastline of southern Portugal is known for its stunning coastline and myriad of beach resorts. One of the most popular resorts is Albufeira. Guests of Algarve vacation rentals will find plenty of activity on the main beach of Praia do Peneco, and the shore-side promenade is great for strolling and people watching. Praia da Gale is a prime spot for water skiing and jet skiing, while Balaia features a gently sloping swimming beach. Farther west, guests of Lagos vacation rentals can enjoy the beach-party atmosphere, jet ski marina and interesting rock formations on the beach. Cape Sagres, at the southwestern tip of Europe, is another popular resort area.
Portugal is becoming known as a premier golfing destination. In the Algarve more than two dozen golf courses await guests of Portugal vacation rentals and villas. Some top courses include Parque da Floresta in Budens, and the Royal Course and the Oceanfront Course at Vale de Lobo in Albufeira.
Guests of Alentejo vacation rentals will find a number of medieval towns boasting fine examples of Roman and Manueline architecture, including Evora, Beja, Elvas and Tomar. Within the medieval walls, guests of Evora villas and vacation rentals can visit the Roman Temple of Diana, the 12th century Gothic cathedral, the Church of St. Francis, and the morbidly fascinating Chapel of Bones.
In Coimbra, on the central coast, guests of Portugal vacation rentals and villas can explore the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, the 700-year old university and the splendid Roman ruins just outside of town. Pilgrims flock to Fatima, the site of several appearances by the Virgin Mary to three shepherds in 1917. Other interesting towns in the area include Nazare, Batalha and Alcobaca.
With Portugal lodging options ranging from country villas to seaside homes to city apartments, you’re sure to find the perfect vacation rental for a memorable Portugal vacation. You can even find pet friendly vacation rentals in Portugal for travel with your furry friend. Reserve your Portugal vacation rental home today!