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Choice Villas & Apartments Portugal With Competition 2010

  1. 1. Albufeira Beach, Algarve ©Jose Manuel / Turismo de Portugal PortugalFrom the medieval quarters of Lisbon to the miles of amazing beaches and world-class golf courses on the Algarve, the sun always shines on Europe’s west coast.
  2. 2. WITH THE ATLANTIC OCEAN TO THE WEST AND SOUTH AND SPAIN TO THE NORTH AND EAST, PORTUGAL IS MAINLAND EUROPE’S MOST WESTERN COUNTRY AND INCLUDES THE AZORES AND MADEIRA. Once a great imperial power, Portugal is now better known for sunshine, golf and fortified wine. The Costa de Prata, the Estoril coast and Costa Azul all compete for the attention of tourists, but best known are the beaches and year-round sunshine of the Algarve in the far south. Nature has blessed Portugal’s 850km of coastline with a bit of everything, from enchanting beaches to varied, breath-taking countryside and the Atlantic coast is prized by surfers and windsurfers across Europe. The coastal towns are also rich in Portuguese heritage, discover the colourful seafaring and fishing traditions and end your day by sampling some of the finest fresh fish in the world. You will find everything you need for the perfect holiday on the ALGARVE from the casinos in Lagos, Vilamoura and Monte Gordo to theme parks like Atlantic Park, Loulé or Zoomarine, near Albufeira where you can see dolphins, seals, sharks and crocodiles. As for beaches, one of the most beautiful, wild and untamed with lots of waves is Arrifana on the Costa Vicentina, whilst the lively ones amongst you will like Praia da Rocha in Portimão, Galé in Albufeira or Praia da Oura and Vilamoura where you will find plenty of facilities and nightlife. Two of the finest resorts are Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago. MADEIRA has a varied oceanic sub-tropical climate, influenced by its geographical position and mountainous landscape. The Laurisilva Forest, in the Madeira Natural Park, is the largest evergreen forest in the world - a fact that has earned it classification as a world heritage site. Madeira offers a sophisticated holiday with top quality accommodation, amazing spas and a pleasant temperature with the hottest months being August and September. Madeira is a delight for the eye, the sea is visible from wherever you are and exotic flowers and fruits add colour to this visual masterpiece. Porto Santo is a two and a half hour boat trip from Madeira and is one of Europe’s most attractive island paradises with golden sands stretching for 9km and famous for their healing properties. Nine islands make up the AZORES, all are different and offer their own surprises. Pico Island is classified as a world heritage site with a mountain, dramatic cliffs and vineyards formed from black basalt. Or you can enjoy the hot waters and steam escaping from Volcano vents on the island of São Miguel. The Azores are ideal for climbing, walking and whale and dolphin watching. LISBON is a city full of life and extremely welcoming to visitors and quite unique that it has both a river and a coastline. Visit the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria above which stands a castle, play golf, go surfing or dance the night away in one of the many riverbank discos. Lisbon is blessed with natural beauty and steeped in fascinating history and the only European capital with Atlantic beaches. Choice Villas & Apartments 2010 47 Zambujeira do Mar, Alentejo ©Turismo de Portugal
  3. 3. Fact file THE AZORES are situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North America and consist of nine islands. It takes about two hours to get from the Azores to mainland Portugal by plane. Portuguese people are sweet toothed! Their specialities include at least two hundred different types of PASTRIES. In the 17th and 18th century, the convents became famous for their pastries, as can be told by the names of their specialities: "toucinho do céu" - heaven's lard, or "barriga de freiras" - nun's belly! Every year after Easter, FUNCHAL is the setting for a truly sumptuous spectacle, the city’s Flower Festival. Madeira celebrates springtime and the exuberance of the flowers that typically bloom in that season, and here with even greater intensity due to Madeira’s subtropical climate. From the North to the South, the country is wealthy in GOOD WINES and, apart from the unique Port from Madeira, there are more than one hundred different varieties of wines, ranging from table wines to special ones, all of them reflecting the individual character of their respective soil. Portugal has more than 70 GOLF COURSES, and the mild climate makes it possible to play all year round. Major tournaments on the international circuit, such as the Portugal Masters are hosted here. Explore the whole country in just one day as you take the children to the Portuguese miniature exhibition in the region of BEIRAS, central Portugal. This precursor of the theme park is dedicated to the main architectural monuments of Portugal from the north to the south, and all built on a reduced scale! Veu da Noiva Waterfall, Sao Vicente, Madeira ©Turismo de Portugal Pinhal Golf Course, Vilamoura, Algarve ©Lusotur Golf, Turismo de Portugal Choice Villas & Apartments 201048 Cascais, Lisbon ©Jos Manuel, Turismo de Portugal Tourist Office 0845 355 1212 Official language Portuguese Average summer temperatures (Jun–Aug) Lisbon 27ºC Algarve 27ºC Azores 24ºC Madeira 24ºC Currency Euro Average flying time 21/2 hours Capital Lisbon Did you know? Mainland Portugal is split by its main river, the Tagus. The northern landscape is mountainous and the south features mostly rolling plains and a warmer and drier climate than in the north. Portuguese is the third most spoken European language in the world and the native tongue of about 200 million people. Portugal's highest point is Mount Pico on Pico Island in the Azores. This is an ancient volcano measuring 2,350m (7,710 ft). Local time GMT
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  8. 8. James Villas are offering one lucky winner a seven-night holiday with two flights to one of their new Leisure Resorts, the fantastic Monte da Quinta Suites in the Algarve. With 26 years experience, James Villa Holidays are the UK’s leading villa specialist, offering over 2500 handpicked villas and 44 Leisure resorts across more than 50 destinations. Whether you’re looking for a rustic farmhouse off the beaten track, a modern beachside villa or a property located on one of their Leisure Resorts, they really do have something to suit all tastes. What’s more, James can book everything for you and you can rest assured that you’re fully protected through their ABTA and ATOL membership. To be in with a chance of winning this wonderful holiday, visit and enter your details under ‘Competitions & Giveaways’. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 31 March 2010. Terms and conditions apply and are on the website. WIN a seven night holiday to the Algarve Choice Villas & Apartments 2010 Monte da Quinta Suites, Algarve