If you’re starting to think about your 2020 holiday, look no further than Portugal. Year after year Irish holidaymakers flock to Portugal, resulting in it becoming one of the 20 most visited countries in the world. Do you want to find out more about what makes Portugal so popular? We’re taking a closer look at the three largest holiday resorts: Madeira, Lisbon and the Algarve.

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The capital of Portugal, Lisbon has a lot to offer, combining the best of a city break with a beach holiday.

Due to hot summers and mild winters, Lisbon is perfect for any time of the year. Must sees here include Madre de Deus Convent, which is filled with a stunning art collection, making it the most expensive convent in the world, as well as São Roque Church and the more contemporary Parque das Nacoes.

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This little island can be found just north of Tenerife, which means it benefits from a more tropical climate than mainland Portugal. Madeira has a stunning landscape, covered in lush green vegetation, which is probably why it’s so popular with hikers! Of course, if you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday, you can find that here too, although it’s worth noting that the beaches are pebbled, apart from a manmade sandy beach in the main resort of Funchal.

Funchal is the most vibrant resort within Madeira, though it’s still very relaxing. The city has a main harbour, small winding cobbled streets and beautiful and elegant mansions.

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The Algarve is where you head to if you’re after the ultimate Portugese beach holiday. This southern area of the country stretches across the coast and boasts some of the most impressive beach landscapes in Europe. The most popular beach resorts of the Algarve include Albuferia, Vilamoura, Lagos, Alvor and many more. The Algarve is also a very popular golfing resort. If you want a beach holiday then Alvor is a lovely fishing village with breathtaking beaches and dramatic rock foundations.

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