Right now, making the most of the great outdoors and enjoying having more space to yourself is key. And you can still do just that while you’re abroad. In fact, our Portugal holidays are great examples of just how many fun things you can get stuck into in the fresh air!
From magical Madeira – where leafy greenery meets vibrant towns – to the astonishing Algarve’s golden sands and ready-for-anything resorts, you’ll easily find the perfect getaway for you this summer. We’ve got a few nifty pointers to help you plan a getaway to Portugal in September.
Madeira Flower and Wine Festivals, 3-27 September 2020
To bring excitement to the destination, the annual Madeira Wine and Flower Festivals will be combined throughout 3-27 September, so you can relish fabulous flora and top tipples to your heart’s content.
Orchids, birds of paradise and purple-blossomed jacaranda trees that have grown in the island’s nutrient-rich volcanic soil will be on show. The local fortified wine will be all yours to sample while you enjoy superb folk and dance performances too! It’s high on our list of must-go-to events in Portugal this September, that’s for sure.
Madeira is famous for lush levadas. Delve deep into the banana plantations and laurissilva forests that make up the landscape. They’re also the best places to properly stretch while you’re away, so you can bank on being able to leisurely amble or hike at pace along these paths without jostling for extra space.
There are so many choices when it comes to levadas, but Caldeirão Verde and Do Risco are just a couple of celebrated options. The latter even has a remarkable cascading waterfall!
Cabo Girão viewpoint
Want epic views like no other? Cabo Girão viewpoint – also known as a ‘skywalk’ – is a staggering spot that promises panoramas that stretch right across the ocean, Câmara de Lobos and Funchal. The glass platform allows you to see everything beneath you as you stroll too. It’s Europe’s highest cape and certainly delivers the wow factor, so it’s well worth a visit – even just for the Portugal holiday snaps!
Noites F, 13 August – 13 September 2020
While the annual festival Noites F begins in August, you’ll still have time to relish all it puts on in the first half of September. It operates Thursday to Sunday each week and there are different tickets for each of the acts. Like the sound of magic, comedy and other entertainment concerts? This is an event that’s bound to leave you grinning.
Petisco Route, 11 September – 11 October 2020
Are eating and drinking two of your favourite things? We know the feeling. It wouldn’t be a Portugal holiday without a wining and dining element, so if you’re considering the Algarve over Madeira, you can delight in this feast of the senses from mid-September onwards.
A whopping 231 participating restaurants and pastry shops will be laying on outstanding flavours throughout the festival, so you can please your palate way beyond the quintessentially Portuguese sardines, peri-peri chicken and pastel de natas. The Rota do Petisco provides the ideal chance to try lip-smacking regional dishes while you’re in town.
Since Sir Henry Cotton’s days, the Algarve has been one of Europe’s most highly ranking destinations for golf. As it’s an outdoors sport, it’s also one of the favourable options right now. So why not practise your swing and tee off on one of the Algarve’s most idyllic courses?
Vilamoura is undoubtedly the number one resort in the area for great golf. As part of the Dom Pedro Golf group, the 18-hole Old Course is a particularly well sculpted highlight. It also has a driving range and putting green, if you just want something gentle. Quinta do Lago’s North Course is another 18-hole, par-72 dream, where you’ll have the driving range at your disposal as well.
Ready to get away for an adventure and soak up all the scenery of Portugal in September? We thought so. Before you go, keep an eye on the country entry requirements, then all that’s left to do is pack!
Posted: 24th Aug 2020.