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Campsites and Holiday Parks in Portugal

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46 bookable sites in Portugal

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Land's Hause Bungalows

Pataias, Nazaré, Portugal Show on map
  • Deep in countryside a few kilometres from Nazaré
  • Six kilometres from the beaches of São Pedro de Moel
  • Pool, paddling pool, pool bar, restaurant and gym
Electric optional grass and earth tent or trailer tent pitch 4 x From £4.77/€5.50/$8.89/US$6.16/CA$8.30/CHF6.21/SEK59.22/DKK41.07/NOK53.91/ISK756/ARS276.92/CLP4,266/PEN20.49/NZ$9.38/ZAR87.88/PLN23.70/R$24.50/CZK141.63/RSD649/HUF1,784.96/RUB400.21/CN¥42.37 per night
Electric optional grass and earth motorhome pitch 8 x From £8.68/€10/$16.17/US$11.20/CA$15.09/CHF11.29/SEK107.67/DKK74.67/NOK98.01/ISK1,374/ARS503.48/CLP7,756/PEN37.26/NZ$17.06/ZAR159.78/PLN43.09/R$44.55/CZK257.51/RSD1,180/HUF3,245.38/RUB727.66/CN¥77.04 per night
Electric optional grass and earth touring caravan pitch 8 x From £9.98/€11.50/$18.59/US$12.88/CA$17.35/CHF12.99/SEK123.82/DKK85.87/NOK112.71/ISK1,580/ARS579.01/CLP8,920/PEN42.85/NZ$19.61/ZAR183.75/PLN49.56/R$51.24/CZK296.14/RSD1,357/HUF3,732.19/RUB836.81/CN¥88.59 per night
1 bedroom cottage / chalet / bungalow 2 x From £39.05/€45/$72.75/US$50.42/CA$67.90/CHF50.82/SEK484.50/DKK336.02/NOK441.05/ISK6,183/ARS2,265.67/CLP34,904/PEN167.68/NZ$76.75/ZAR719.01/PLN193.92/R$200.49/CZK1,158.79/RSD5,311/HUF14,604.22/RUB3,274.47/CN¥346.66 per night
2 bedroom mobile home 4 x From £52.06/€60/$97.01/US$67.22/CA$90.53/CHF67.77/SEK646/DKK448.02/NOK588.07/ISK8,244/ARS3,020.90/CLP46,538/PEN223.57/NZ$102.34/ZAR958.69/PLN258.56/R$267.32/CZK1,545.05/RSD7,081/HUF19,472.29/RUB4,365.96/CN¥462.21 per night
3 bedroom mobile home 6 x From £65.08/€75/$121.26/US$84.03/CA$113.17/CHF84.71/SEK807.51/DKK560.03/NOK735.09/ISK10,305/ARS3,776.12/CLP58,173/PEN279.46/NZ$127.92/ZAR1,198.36/PLN323.20/R$334.15/CZK1,931.32/RSD8,851/HUF24,340.36/RUB5,457.45/CN¥577.77 per night

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  • Wooded site in a large eco reserve 20 minutes' walk from Nazaré
  • Surf and swimming beaches within a 10-minute drive
  • Restaurant, bar, swimming pool, bike hire and massage room on site
Electric gravel and earth tent pitch 6 x From £12.95/€15/$24.13/US$16.85/CA$22.64/CHF17.03/SEK162.15/DKK111.99/NOK147.09/ISK2,052/ARS755.27/CLP11,572/PEN55.84/NZ$25.58/ZAR239.68/PLN64.48/R$66.73/CZK386.11/RSD1,769/HUF4,849.93/RUB1,099.79/CN¥114.97 per night
Electric gravel and earth touring pitch (2 adults and 2 children) 4 x From £23.31/€27/$43.43/US$30.33/CA$40.75/CHF30.65/SEK291.87/DKK201.58/NOK264.76/ISK3,694/ARS1,359.48/CLP20,830/PEN100.52/NZ$46.04/ZAR431.43/PLN116.07/R$120.12/CZK695/RSD3,184/HUF8,729.87/RUB1,979.62/CN¥206.94 per night
Wave 1 bedroom lodge 2 x From £35.45/€40.85/$66.04/US$45.77/CA$61.64/CHF46.14/SEK439.82/DKK305.03/NOK400.38/ISK5,613/ARS2,056.73/CLP31,685/PEN152.21/NZ$69.67/ZAR652.71/PLN176.04/R$182/CZK1,051.92/RSD4,821/HUF13,257.38/RUB2,972.49/CN¥314.69 per night
1 bedroom apartment 4 x From £44.52/€51.30/$82.94/US$57.47/CA$77.41/CHF57.94/SEK552.33/DKK383.06/NOK502.80/ISK7,049/ARS2,582.87/CLP39,790/PEN191.15/NZ$87.50/ZAR819.68/PLN221.07/R$228.56/CZK1,321.02/RSD6,054/HUF16,648.81/RUB3,732.89/CN¥395.19 per night
Safari tent (deluxe, family, four man) 4 x From £45.85/€53.10/$85.42/US$59.64/CA$80.13/CHF60.29/SEK574.02/DKK396.44/NOK520.70/ISK7,264/ARS2,673.65/CLP40,967/PEN197.69/NZ$90.54/ZAR848.47/PLN228.27/R$236.23/CZK1,366.84/RSD6,262/HUF17,168.74/RUB3,893.25/CN¥406.99 per night
Praia do Norte 2 bedroom lodge 5 x From £46.16/€53.20/$86.01/US$59.60/CA$80.27/CHF60.09/SEK572.79/DKK397.25/NOK521.42/ISK7,310/ARS2,678.53/CLP41,264/PEN198.23/NZ$90.74/ZAR850.04/PLN229.26/R$237.03/CZK1,369.95/RSD6,279/HUF17,265.43/RUB3,871.15/CN¥409.83 per night
Praia 2 bedroom lodge 5 x From £46.16/€53.20/$86.01/US$59.60/CA$80.27/CHF60.09/SEK572.79/DKK397.25/NOK521.42/ISK7,310/ARS2,678.53/CLP41,264/PEN198.23/NZ$90.74/ZAR850.04/PLN229.26/R$237.03/CZK1,369.95/RSD6,279/HUF17,265.43/RUB3,871.15/CN¥409.83 per night
Safari tent (deluxe, family, six man) 6 x From £52.06/€60.30/$97/US$67.73/CA$91/CHF68.46/SEK651.85/DKK450.19/NOK591.31/ISK8,249/ARS3,036.18/CLP46,521/PEN224.50/NZ$102.81/ZAR963.52/PLN259.22/R$268.26/CZK1,552.17/RSD7,111/HUF19,496.70/RUB4,421.14/CN¥462.17 per night

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Parque Orbitur Sitava Milfontes

Vila Nova de Milfontes, Odemira, Portugal Show on map
  • Pitch up between the trees on a 30-hectare campsite
  • Short walk to Malhão beach
  • Supermarket, snack bar and restaurant
Electric gravel pitch 6 x From £16.49/€19/$30.72/US$21.29/CA$28.67/CHF21.46/SEK204.57/DKK141.87/NOK186.22/ISK2,611/ARS956.62/CLP14,737/PEN70.80/NZ$32.41/ZAR303.58/PLN81.88/R$84.65/CZK489.27/RSD2,242/HUF6,166.23/RUB1,382.55/CN¥146.37 per night
Dominó 1 bedroom cabin 4 x From £27.04/€31/$50.19/US$34.74/CA$46.70/CHF35.03/SEK333.81/DKK231.51/NOK303.01/ISK4,253/ARS1,562.48/CLP24,054/PEN115.42/NZ$52.97/ZAR494.55/PLN133.29/R$139.01/CZK797.21/RSD3,657/HUF10,065.63/RUB2,247.32/CN¥238.88 per night
Pandora lodge 2 x From £30.53/€35/$56.67/US$39.22/CA$52.72/CHF39.55/SEK376.88/DKK261.38/NOK342.11/ISK4,802/ARS1,764.09/CLP27,158/PEN130.31/NZ$59.81/ZAR558.36/PLN150.48/R$156.94/CZK900.08/RSD4,129/HUF11,364.42/RUB2,537.29/CN¥269.70 per night

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Douro Camping

Miranda do Douro, Braganza, Portugal Show on map
  • Well-equipped site two kilometres from the centre of Miranda
  • Local cuisine, theme nights and barbecue facilities all on offer
  • Pool, sunbathing terrace, playground, tennis and regular events
Electric optional grass and earth tent pitch 10 x From £13.11/€15/$24.34/US$16.76/CA$22.57/CHF16.93/SEK161.74/DKK112.03/NOK146.90/ISK2,055/ARS749.99/CLP11,638/PEN55.62/NZ$25.67/ZAR239.62/PLN64.52/R$67.86/CZK385.68/RSD1,769/HUF4,869.04/RUB1,084.07/CN¥115.39 per night
Electric optional grass and earth touring caravan pitch 10 x From £14.04/€16/$26.03/US$17.86/CA$24.06/CHF18.06/SEK172.21/DKK119.55/NOK157.07/ISK2,195/ARS802.98/CLP12,453/PEN59.31/NZ$27.38/ZAR257.54/PLN68.90/R$73.21/CZK412.23/RSD1,888/HUF5,221.10/RUB1,156.62/CN¥123.58 per night
Electric optional grass and earth motorhome pitch 10 x From £14.86/€17/$27.58/US$19/CA$25.58/CHF19.19/SEK183.30/DKK126.97/NOK166.48/ISK2,329/ARS849.99/CLP13,190/PEN63.03/NZ$29.09/ZAR271.56/PLN73.13/R$76.90/CZK437.11/RSD2,005/HUF5,518.24/RUB1,228.62/CN¥130.78 per night
1 bedroom cottage / chalet / bungalow 4 x From £34.96/€40/$64.90/US$44.70/CA$60.19/CHF45.16/SEK431.30/DKK298.75/NOK391.73/ISK5,480/ARS1,999.98/CLP31,036/PEN148.31/NZ$68.46/ZAR638.97/PLN172.06/R$180.95/CZK1,028.49/RSD4,718/HUF12,984.10/RUB2,890.86/CN¥307.71 per night

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Land Story

Aldeia, Marco de Canaveses, Portugal Show on map
  • Peaceful adults-only farm site 15 minutes’ drive from Amarante
  • Less than an hour's drive from Porto and Guimarães
  • Well-kept gardens with mountain views and next to a forest
Non-electric grass and earth tent or motorhome pitch 4 x From £13.02/€15/$24.25/US$16.81/CA$22.63/CHF16.94/SEK161.50/DKK112.01/NOK147.02/ISK2,061/ARS755.22/CLP11,635/PEN55.89/NZ$25.58/ZAR239.67/PLN64.64/R$66.83/CZK386.26/RSD1,770/HUF4,868.07/RUB1,091.49/CN¥115.55 per night
9.3 from 8 reviews

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Alvão Village Camping

Vila Real, Vila Real, Portugal Show on map
  • Holiday village in Alvão Nature Park surrounded by hiking trails
  • A short drive to ziplining, forest segway rides, waterpark and more
  • Outdoor pool and paddling pool, massage room, eatery and barbecue area
Fully-serviced earth motorhome pitch 6 x From £12.84/€14.80/$23.93/US$16.58/CA$22.33/CHF16.72/SEK159.35/DKK110.51/NOK145.06/ISK2,034/ARS745.15/CLP11,479/PEN55.15/NZ$25.24/ZAR236.48/PLN63.78/R$65.94/CZK381.11/RSD1,747/HUF4,803.17/RUB1,076.94/CN¥114.01 per night
Fully-serviced earth touring caravan pitch 6 x From £13.19/€15.20/$24.57/US$17.03/CA$22.93/CHF17.17/SEK163.65/DKK113.50/NOK148.98/ISK2,089/ARS765.29/CLP11,790/PEN56.64/NZ$25.93/ZAR242.87/PLN65.50/R$67.72/CZK391.41/RSD1,794/HUF4,932.98/RUB1,106.04/CN¥117.09 per night
Electric earth tent or trailer tent pitch 6 x From £14.23/€16.40/$26.51/US$18.37/CA$24.75/CHF18.52/SEK176.57/DKK122.46/NOK160.74/ISK2,253/ARS825.71/CLP12,720/PEN61.11/NZ$27.97/ZAR262.04/PLN70.67/R$73.07/CZK422.31/RSD1,936/HUF5,322.43/RUB1,193.36/CN¥126.34 per night
Castreja cottage / chalet / bungalow (2 adults and 2 children) 4 x From £57.27/€66/$106.71/US$73.94/CA$99.59/CHF74.54/SEK710.61/DKK492.82/NOK646.88/ISK9,069/ARS3,322.99/CLP51,192/PEN245.93/NZ$112.57/ZAR1,054.55/PLN284.42/R$294.05/CZK1,699.56/RSD7,789/HUF21,419.52/RUB4,802.55/CN¥508.43 per night

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Olive Tree Yurts and Lodge

Moncarapacho e Fuseta, Olhão, Portugal Show on map
  • Secluded site in the Algarve countryside, 25 minutes' drive from Faro
  • 25 minutes' walk to restaurants, cafes and shops in Moncarapacho
  • Outdoor swimming pool and honesty bar on site
The Hideaway 1 bedroom yurt 2 x From £52.06/€60/$97.01/US$67.22/CA$90.53/CHF67.77/SEK646/DKK448.02/NOK588.07/ISK8,244/ARS3,020.90/CLP46,538/PEN223.57/NZ$102.34/ZAR958.69/PLN258.56/R$267.32/CZK1,545.05/RSD7,081/HUF19,472.29/RUB4,365.96/CN¥462.21 per night
Orchard yurt 2 x From £56.40/€65/$105.09/US$72.82/CA$98.08/CHF73.41/SEK699.84/DKK485.36/NOK637.08/ISK8,931/ARS3,272.64/CLP50,416/PEN242.20/NZ$110.87/ZAR1,038.58/PLN280.11/R$289.60/CZK1,673.81/RSD7,671/HUF21,094.98/RUB4,729.79/CN¥500.73 per night
2 bedroom lodge 3 x From £65.08/€75/$121.26/US$84.03/CA$113.17/CHF84.71/SEK807.51/DKK560.03/NOK735.09/ISK10,305/ARS3,776.12/CLP58,173/PEN279.46/NZ$127.92/ZAR1,198.36/PLN323.20/R$334.15/CZK1,931.32/RSD8,851/HUF24,340.36/RUB5,457.45/CN¥577.77 per night

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Slowlife Glamping

Castelo, Sesimbra, Portugal Show on map
  • Luxury eco-friendly coastal site on the edge of Arrábida Natural Park
  • Within 20 minutes' drive of beaches, watersports and hiking
  • Half an hour's drive from the Palmela wine region, an hour from Lisbon
Green mobile home 2 x From £30.53/€35/$56.67/US$39.22/CA$52.72/CHF39.55/SEK376.88/DKK261.38/NOK342.11/ISK4,802/ARS1,764.09/CLP27,158/PEN130.31/NZ$59.81/ZAR558.36/PLN150.48/R$156.94/CZK900.08/RSD4,129/HUF11,364.42/RUB2,537.29/CN¥269.70 per night
Hobbit camping pod 2 x From £34.89/€40/$64.76/US$44.83/CA$60.25/CHF45.20/SEK430.72/DKK298.72/NOK390.98/ISK5,488/ARS2,016.10/CLP31,038/PEN148.93/NZ$68.35/ZAR638.13/PLN171.98/R$179.36/CZK1,028.66/RSD4,719/HUF12,987.91/RUB2,899.76/CN¥308.23 per night
Cottage / chalet / bungalow 2 x From £39.25/€45/$72.86/US$50.43/CA$67.79/CHF50.84/SEK484.56/DKK336.06/NOK439.85/ISK6,174/ARS2,268.11/CLP34,917/PEN167.55/NZ$76.89/ZAR717.89/PLN193.48/R$201.78/CZK1,157.24/RSD5,309/HUF14,611.40/RUB3,262.23/CN¥346.76 per night
Secret Tree cabin 3 x From £39.25/€45/$72.86/US$50.43/CA$67.79/CHF50.84/SEK484.56/DKK336.06/NOK439.85/ISK6,174/ARS2,268.11/CLP34,917/PEN167.55/NZ$76.89/ZAR717.89/PLN193.48/R$201.78/CZK1,157.24/RSD5,309/HUF14,611.40/RUB3,262.23/CN¥346.76 per night
8.3 from 7 reviews

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  • In the South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park
  • Two golden sandy beaches within 600 metres
  • Bar, restaurant, shop, pool and hot tub
Electric optional asphalt motorhome pitch 8 x From £14.32/€16.50/$26.68/US$18.49/CA$24.90/CHF18.64/SEK177.65/DKK123.21/NOK161.72/ISK2,267/ARS830.75/CLP12,798/PEN61.48/NZ$28.14/ZAR263.64/PLN71.10/R$73.51/CZK424.89/RSD1,947/HUF5,354.88/RUB1,200.64/CN¥127.11 per night
Electric optional asphalt tent or trailer tent pitch 10 x From £17.35/€20/$32.34/US$22.41/CA$30.18/CHF22.59/SEK215.33/DKK149.34/NOK196.02/ISK2,748/ARS1,006.97/CLP15,513/PEN74.52/NZ$34.11/ZAR319.56/PLN86.19/R$89.11/CZK515.02/RSD2,360/HUF6,490.76/RUB1,455.32/CN¥154.07 per night
Electric optional asphalt touring caravan pitch 8 x From £18.22/€21/$33.95/US$23.53/CA$31.69/CHF23.72/SEK226.10/DKK156.81/NOK205.82/ISK2,885/ARS1,057.31/CLP16,288/PEN78.25/NZ$35.82/ZAR335.54/PLN90.50/R$93.56/CZK540.77/RSD2,478/HUF6,815.30/RUB1,528.09/CN¥161.77 per night
9 from 6 reviews

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Parque de Campismo Cepo Verde

Gondesende, Braganza, Portugal Show on map
  • Small family-friendly site in the Montesinho Natural Park
  • A 25-minute drive from the medieval town of Bragança
  • On-site restaurant serving homemade local meals and snacks
Electric optional gravel and earth motorhome pitch 6 x From £10.11/€11.65/$18.84/US$13.05/CA$17.58/CHF13.16/SEK125.43/DKK86.99/NOK114.18/ISK1,601/ARS586.56/CLP9,036/PEN43.41/NZ$19.87/ZAR186.14/PLN50.20/R$51.91/CZK300/RSD1,375/HUF3,780.87/RUB847.72/CN¥89.75 per night
Electric optional grass and earth tent or trailer tent pitch 6 x From £11.93/€13.75/$22.23/US$15.41/CA$20.75/CHF15.53/SEK148.04/DKK102.67/NOK134.77/ISK1,889/ARS692.29/CLP10,665/PEN51.24/NZ$23.45/ZAR219.70/PLN59.25/R$61.26/CZK354.07/RSD1,623/HUF4,462.40/RUB1,000.53/CN¥105.92 per night
Electric optional gravel and earth touring caravan pitch 6 x From £11.93/€13.75/$22.23/US$15.41/CA$20.75/CHF15.53/SEK148.04/DKK102.67/NOK134.77/ISK1,889/ARS692.29/CLP10,665/PEN51.24/NZ$23.45/ZAR219.70/PLN59.25/R$61.26/CZK354.07/RSD1,623/HUF4,462.40/RUB1,000.53/CN¥105.92 per night
Camping pod 2 x From £30.37/€35/$56.59/US$39.21/CA$52.81/CHF39.53/SEK376.84/DKK261.35/NOK343.04/ISK4,809/ARS1,762.19/CLP27,147/PEN130.42/NZ$59.70/ZAR559.23/PLN150.83/R$155.94/CZK901.28/RSD4,131/HUF11,358.84/RUB2,546.81/CN¥269.62 per night
2 bedroom cottage / chalet / bungalow 5 x From £47.73/€55/$88.92/US$61.62/CA$82.99/CHF62.12/SEK592.17/DKK410.69/NOK539.07/ISK7,557/ARS2,769.16/CLP42,660/PEN204.94/NZ$93.81/ZAR878.80/PLN237.01/R$245.05/CZK1,416.30/RSD6,491/HUF17,849.60/RUB4,002.13/CN¥423.70 per night

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Parque Orbitur São Pedro de Moel

Marinha Grande, Leiria, Portugal Show on map
  • In a pinewood 600m from the beach at São Pedro de Moel
  • Close to walking and cycle paths on the coast and in the forest
  • Bar-restaurant, pool with waterslides, playground and tennis court
Electric gravel pitch 6 x From £18.22/€21/$33.95/US$23.53/CA$31.69/CHF23.72/SEK226.10/DKK156.81/NOK205.82/ISK2,885/ARS1,057.31/CLP16,288/PEN78.25/NZ$35.82/ZAR335.54/PLN90.50/R$93.56/CZK540.77/RSD2,478/HUF6,815.30/RUB1,528.09/CN¥161.77 per night
Hawai 2 bedroom mobile home 5 x From £34.89/€40/$64.76/US$44.83/CA$60.25/CHF45.20/SEK430.72/DKK298.72/NOK390.98/ISK5,488/ARS2,016.10/CLP31,038/PEN148.93/NZ$68.35/ZAR638.13/PLN171.98/R$179.36/CZK1,028.66/RSD4,719/HUF12,987.91/RUB2,899.76/CN¥308.23 per night
Boogie cabin 4 x From £34.89/€40/$64.76/US$44.83/CA$60.25/CHF45.20/SEK430.72/DKK298.72/NOK390.98/ISK5,488/ARS2,016.10/CLP31,038/PEN148.93/NZ$68.35/ZAR638.13/PLN171.98/R$179.36/CZK1,028.66/RSD4,719/HUF12,987.91/RUB2,899.76/CN¥308.23 per night

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Parque de Campismo de Constância

Constância, Santarém, Portugal Show on map
  • Leafy site with direct access to sandy beach on banks of the Zêzere
  • Scenic Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Nature Park within 20 minutes
  • Watersports, outdoor cooking area and wifi on site
Non-electric gravel and earth tent or trailer tent pitch 5 x From £13.02/€15/$24.25/US$16.81/CA$22.63/CHF16.94/SEK161.50/DKK112.01/NOK147.02/ISK2,061/ARS755.22/CLP11,635/PEN55.89/NZ$25.58/ZAR239.67/PLN64.64/R$66.83/CZK386.26/RSD1,770/HUF4,868.07/RUB1,091.49/CN¥115.55 per night
Electric gravel and earth touring pitch 10 x From £13.28/€15.30/$24.74/US$17.14/CA$23.09/CHF17.28/SEK164.73/DKK114.25/NOK149.96/ISK2,102/ARS770.33/CLP11,867/PEN57.01/NZ$26.10/ZAR244.47/PLN65.93/R$68.17/CZK393.99/RSD1,806/HUF4,965.43/RUB1,113.32/CN¥117.86 per night
Electric gravel and earth tent or trailer tent pitch 5 x From £15.53/€17.90/$28.94/US$20.05/CA$27.01/CHF20.22/SEK192.72/DKK133.66/NOK175.44/ISK2,460/ARS901.23/CLP13,884/PEN66.70/NZ$30.53/ZAR286.01/PLN77.14/R$79.75/CZK460.94/RSD2,113/HUF5,809.23/RUB1,302.51/CN¥137.89 per night
Non-electric gravel and earth touring pitch 5 x From £15.88/€18.30/$29.59/US$20.50/CA$27.61/CHF20.67/SEK197.03/DKK136.65/NOK179.36/ISK2,514/ARS921.37/CLP14,194/PEN68.19/NZ$31.21/ZAR292.40/PLN78.86/R$81.53/CZK471.24/RSD2,160/HUF5,939.05/RUB1,331.62/CN¥140.97 per night
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We have many (many many) countries we could/would immediately pack to fly to and then live in for a long (long) time here at Pitchup.com, but we have a particular fondness for fab fab Portugal.

For how could one not. Especially when one is always adding Portugal campsites and then gazing slack-jawed at the accompanying Portugal pics. Oh my how we love this land. As do many other clever and tasteful peeps: Portugal is among the top 20 visited countries in the world and has been named as Europe's top country by smart travelling sorts.

And so, where do we start. Historical highlights? Rome and Caesar's hordes got to these here parts a couple of thousand years ago, of course, and these days one can hike around all manner of Roman ruins and remains as well as the remnants of other parts of Portugal's past like the Umayyad conquest and the Reconquista (really, we could wander around these parts for years).

We'd also recommend (we're typing really quite quickly now) trips around Portugal's protected nature spots to see wild goats, roe deer and boars oh my; the simply splendid – and ancient – cities of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra; the vast valley of the Douro river (here be vineyards); the mountains and skiing of the Serra da Estrela; the plains and cork oak trees of Alentejo...

Beaches and coast? Go AWOL from all responsibilties and stay for weeks on end around the Algarve; the Portuguese isles of Madeira and the Azores; the Costa Azul and the Costa Verde; the Costa da Prata and the Costa de Lisboa: Portugal has around 1,200 kilometres of coastline to get stuck into, so really, do go AWOL for quite a while.

And (we really are typing ever so quickly now), we also must mention Portuguese cuisine. While you're there for your year or so, be sure to sample some of the hundreds of dishes of dried cod known as bacalhau, along with the country's varied fish, meat and seafood, its stews and soups, many gloriously whiffy cheeses and – oh of course – the wines of Madeira and the port of old Porto.