With over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Portugal is an ideal destination for a camping trip no matter which season you decide to visit. Holidays here provide the perfect excuse to enjoy the country’s wonderful climate and local culture as well as the convenient services of our Portugal campsites.
Camping holidays in Portugal
While camping in Portugal, you can explore its capital, Lisbon: a city with endless little streets and historic neighbourhoods, famous for its yellow trams and 25 de Abril Bridge. If you fancy a breath of sea air, head for the Algarve region to admire its magnificent beaches and cliffs, and visit Faro with its colourful old town.
In Northern Portugal, you can explore Porto, a town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the vineyards of the Douro Valley. And Central Portugal is full of magnificent panoramic views, ancient villages of infinite charm and splendid beaches. Your stay will echo to the fado – a traditional Portuguese song – and you can also sample its cuisine, full of deliciously fragrant specialities.
Lying west of Spain, Portugal extends over 850km and has a wide range of stunning scenery to explore. As well as the country’s vast Atlantic Ocean coastline, you’ll discover landscapes full of flowers, untouched mountain regions and cities jam-packed with fine architecture and cultural heritage.
The sunny southern Algarve region has been a holiday hotspot for years and continuously draws in those after more relaxed camping holidays in Portugal. Resorts like Albufeira and Lagos have every amenity you could need, plus they boast some of the best beaches in the world.
If you’re after some great surf, head to the west coast where the waves are wilder and cities like Lisbon and Sintra make for great day trips. Further north is historic Porto and a handful of idyllic inland attractions like Serra de Estrela National Park and the Douro Valley.
Top campsites in Portugal
Canvas Holidays have a range of campsites in Portugal that are all just a hop, skip and a jump away from the country’s most beautiful attractions. Mingling sun and sea, art and culture, national parks and open-air activities, a camping holiday in Portugal can be truly unforgettable!
The Orbitur Valverde campsite in Portugal’s Algarve is the perfect pick for beach lovers thanks to its cliff top location and proximity to Lagos. Keen surfers may prefer Orbitur Valado that’s nestled in the heart of a pine forest just 2km from the huge beaches of Nazaré.
If you want the best of both worlds when it comes to sandy coves and fascinating attractions, check out the Orbitur Costa da Caprica that’s only 20km from Lisbon and packed with family-friendly facilities.
Things to do when camping in Portugal
There's something for everyone on a camping holiday in Portugal, from cultural and culinary delights in Porto and Lisbon to the idyllic beaches at Lagos.
Porto — As its name suggests, this historic city is the home of port wine. Porto’s idyllic riverside is lined with colourful buildings many of which are port houses, plus its historic centre is littered with Baroque-era structures like the beautiful São Francisco Church.
Sintra Mountains — This mountain region just north of Lisbon is where you’ll find dramatic hilltops and rugged coastlines that are ideal for scenic hikes. Don’t forget to stroll around the city of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its decadent palaces.
Lisbon — Portugal’s coastal capital that’s bursting with activity. Admire the Gothic exteriors of the Torre de Belém and indulge in a pastel de nata before exploring the ruins and gardens of Castelo de S. Jorge.
Lagos — Portugal’s famed beach resort that’s known for both its beautiful long beaches and walled Old Town. Highlights include the golden Igreja de Santo Antonio church, various exciting water parks and the picturesque Ponta da Piedade cove.
Douro Valley — Portugal’s main wine region and a stunning landscape filled with rolling hills and quaint towns. Head there on a day trip for wine tastings and river cruises.