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Villas in Portugal

Picturesque Portugal is an eclectic mix of bustling resorts, unlimited leisure facilities, stunning scenery and fascinating history and culture. Made up of five regions and two islands, take your pick between dreamy coastal resorts or rural retreats. A Portugal villa holiday gives you the opportunity to lay on the beaches of the Algarve, sip the local wine of Douro Valley, or explore the emerald forests on the idyllic island of Madeira.

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Portugal - An Exciting Blend of Country & Coast

You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice with our villas in Portugal. The amazing Algarve on the south coast is the perfect place for holidays in the sun, enjoying its beautiful golden beaches, golf courses and entertainment. Stunning Silver Coast villa holidays give you the chance to absorb and authentic, rich culture, just a stone’s throw from Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Enjoy the area's gorgeous landscapes, or spend relaxing days on the white-sand beaches of the Atlantic coast.

Further north, the breathtakingly picturesque Douro Valley wine region offers truly relaxing holidays with charming Portugal villas set in a peaceful, rural setting, close to the wonderful second city of Porto, or why not explore the dramatic coastline, lush pine forests and mountains of the gorgeous Costa Verde..

  • Your Portugal Villa Holiday

    With a villa holiday in Portugal you can enjoy all the space and comfort of your own private accommodation, with the freedom to explore the fantastic local beaches, Portugal’s beautiful countryside and its vibrant resorts.

    Add even more indulgence to your villa holiday and enjoy a luxury villa stay in the Algarve or the Lisbon Coast. Enjoy the warm Portuguese sun as you dive into your villa’s private pool for a morning swim, sunbathe in your villa’s garden and dine al fresco from the peace and privacy of your own terrace.

    Enjoy the option of self-catering in Portugal – there are local markets to explore and harbours to buy freshly caught fish and seafood, so you can serve up a feast to your friends and family at dinner.

  • About Portugal

    Located in southwest Europe, Portugal is a country with a long, diverse and fascinating history, with its cosmopolitan culture shaped by those who have settled in the country over its thousands of years of colonisation. You’ll notice these influences everywhere, from the food, architecture and even in the landscape of the towns and cities you visit.

    Portugal is made up of five main regions, as well as the two islands of Madeira and Azores. Our villas are located right across Portugal, giving you the chance to lounge on the beautiful beaches of the Algarve, sip the famed local wine of Douro Valley or explore the emerald forests and the tropical landscapes of the island of Madeira.

  • When to go to Portugal

    During your villa holiday you should expect to enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters.

    Between June and September is the best time to take advantage of the idyllic weather, with temperatures reaching up to 30°c as you wander along the golden beaches and unwind beside your villa's private pool.

    Keen hikers will enjoy the country’s wonderful trails from October to March, when you’ll be able to take in the beautiful views of Portugal’s snow-capped mountains. Not only that, but the temperature in Portugal can still reach up to 18°c during the autumn and winter months, making it the perfect place to escape the cold back home.

  • Cultural Highlights

    In addition to the wonderful beaches and scenic landscape, Portugal has an endless list of things for you to see and do during your James Villa holiday. The Alto Douro wine region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a place where wine has been produced for well over 2,000 years. Explore the nearby towns that have flourished in this region, watch and learn the process of wine making, explore the vineyards and terraces - and of course, try a tipple.

    Another cultural highlight is the Palácio Nacional da Pena - a beautiful palace in the town of Sintra along the Lisbon Coast, nestled on a hilltop. With a pastel yellow, pink and red exterior this standout piece of architecture is sure to catch your eye and win your heart. The lavishly detailed stone carvings outside the building are complemented by the palace’s surrounding gardens - Pena Park - which includes exotic trees from around the world, ordered by a past king.

  • Portugal Holidays - Points of Interest

    • Sample the local cuisine. A great little afternoon treat is a freshly ground coffee and a Pastéis de Nata. These rich and sweet egg custard tarts are the perfect local delicacy for those of you with a sweet-tooth.
    • For spectacular views of the city of Lisbon and beyond, ride the Elevador de Santa Justa - a gothic tower and piece of architectural history that connects the lower and upper levels of the city.
    • If you’ve booked your villa holiday in Portugal for spring, then make sure you don’t miss the annual Flower Festival in Funchal in Madeira. People dress themselves in floral outfits, with hats made of yellow sunflowers and dresses decorated with pink roses.
    • For a real Portuguese treat, spend a morning at the Feira de Barcelos market in Minho in the scenic Costa Verde. There you can buy freshly baked bread, local vegetables and fruit, as well as handcrafted pottery.
    • Everyone knows the Algarve is great for beaches, but Praia de Albandeira is the perfect setting for those of you wanting to unwind. Tucked away in a rocky alcove, this beach is a little-known treat for those who find it.
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Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 1342 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10


Peaceful location with great weather
Confirmed stay: 23 May 2019
Published on: 25 May 2019


10 out of 10


Surrey Family (with only pre-school children)
So many attractions & places to visit. Gale beach was amazing. Lovely sandy beach, plenty of sun loungers available, beautiful scenery & a lovely restaurant/bar. Albufeira Marina was pretty & had plenty of variety of bars/restaurants & activities to keep kids engaged. Zoo marine in Guia was a fun day out & very well run theme park.
Albufeira town centre is very “English”. Lots of stag & hen doo groups.
Confirmed stay: 23 May 2019
Published on: 24 May 2019


8 out of 10


Ilminster Family (with only pre-school children)
The 2 year old really enjoyed Lagos Zoo.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 23 May 2019
Published on: 24 May 2019


10 out of 10


Swadlincote Family (with only pre-school children)
Very quaint area not to lively but loads to do
Can’t find any negative points
Confirmed stay: 23 May 2019
Published on: 24 May 2019


9 out of 10


Stamford Family group, no children
Villa location is great very quiet, not overlooked with plenty of outdoor space, but within easy reach of bars, supermarket, chemist, bakery and the beach. A car is essential for supermarket etc but most things can be reached on foot. Great beach nearby, good 20 minute walk, but very beautiful with a nature reserve and rock pools, inflatable rides and surf schools.
The villa has everything you need but some things need attention such as door locks, the fridge, the kettle. With such emphasis on bins and rubbish removal may an extra bag maybe provided just until people get established and can buy some more.
Access by the gardeners and maid was through a separate entrance and unannounced. Whilst understanding the need for their entry maybe a timetable could be posted for when they are due.
Confirmed stay: 23 May 2019
Published on: 24 May 2019


10 out of 10


York Friends
Comfortable and well equipped
Pool needs a bit of renovation
Confirmed stay: 20 May 2019
Published on: 21 May 2019


10 out of 10


Leeds Family (with only pre-school children)
Extremely well equipped and included the basic things you need like oil for cooking, herbs and spices, some washing powder etc.
Far from any facilities, a car is a must. The drive is very steep so you need to be a confident driver. Some of the local roads are very steep.
Confirmed stay: 20 May 2019
Published on: 21 May 2019


7 out of 10


Not many places of interest for older people.
Confirmed stay: 20 May 2019
Published on: 21 May 2019


10 out of 10


berkshire Couple
it's quiet !!!
the bed is a bit hard
Confirmed stay: 19 May 2019
Published on: 24 May 2019


10 out of 10


Crayford, Kent Couple
Weather was perfect, beaches clean, family friendly, good restaurants
Confirmed stay: 19 May 2019
Published on: 20 May 2019


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