Singles holidays in Portugal

 By Emma Critchley

With its long coastline, historic cities and rich culture, Portugal has a lot to offer solo travellers. Whether you want to relax on a beach, explore castles and cathedrals or treat yourself to fresh seafood and a cold glass of vinho verde, there is much to discover on the mainland and the islands of Madeira and the Azores.

Hotel getaways

Travel One offers no single supplements for solo travellers at the Mirachoro Praia in the Algarve. The Mirachoro Praia is a friendly four-star hotel just a short distance from the beach in Carvoeiro. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, an indoor heated pool, sun terraces and a pool bar. The bedrooms, all twins or doubles for sole occupancy, are comfortably furnished and all have a balcony or terrace.

Friendship Travel has a deal at the five-star Real Marina Hotel in the pretty little fishing port of Olhão. It includes a guided walking tour of Faro, a trip to Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the river Guadiana with lunch across the border in Spain, a morning cookery class and a half-day boat excursion.

Madeira‘s rugged landscapes and year-round sunshine make it a popular holiday destination, especially for walkers and nature-lovers. There’s a range of activities to enjoy including climbing, scuba-diving, horse-riding, golf, surfing, deep-sea fishing and dolphin and whale watching (peak season is April to October). See these hotels with no single supplement.

Classic Collection Holidays has hotel deals exclusively for solo travellers. The Quinta do Monte Hotel is a classic country-house style hotel set in the hills above Funchal. Quinta do Estreito Vintage House has stunning views of the the south coast, while the four-star Girassol Hotel has a high number of repeat guests, due to its friendly and relaxed atmosphere and handy location in Funchal.

Group tours

Just You offers a number of small group tours for solo travellers. Its best seller is Picturesque Portugal. This one-week trip takes you from Oporto to Lisbon via the Douro Valley, Cascais, Estoril, Coimbra and Obidos.

Just You’s one-week tour of Madeira provides an immersive experience of this beautiful Atlantic island. The itinerary is set at a leisurely pace with plenty of free time for you to explore beyond all that is included in the trip itself. Options include a whale and dolphin-watching boat trip and a walk in the Levadas.

Just You’s small group tour of the Azores. Based in a four-star hotel in Ponta Delgado, you will enjoy a week’s leisurely tour of the main island of São Miguel. It’s the perfect choice for spring or autumn.

Over-50s tours

Saga Holidays offers a range of singles holidays exclusively for over-50s. Its Douro Adventure tour is a wonderful introduction to Portugal’s most beautiful region with a river cruise along the Douro and a trip on the picturesque Douro Valley railway.

Active holidays

Saddle Skedaddle is a cycle holiday specialist. Its Portugal tours range from relaxed country routes and short introductory breaks to rugged mountain biking, with room shares for those riding solo. Its guided tours are a fantastic way for solo travellers to meet new, like-minded people and with friendly guides on hand, you’ll have plenty of support to keep you motivated en route.

Solos Holidays has a range of golfing holidays exclusively for single travellers. Choose from a one-week golfing holiday in the Algarve, Villamoura or Madeira suitable for all ages and golfing abilities. All of its golf holidays are accompanied by an experienced tour leader who will be there to welcome you, organise sociable competitions and be on hand throughout.

Walking holidays

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned hiker, a walking holiday is a naturally sociable way to soak up some of Portugal’s most spectacular sights.

Ramblers Walking Holidays has a range of trips across Portugal. Ascend to the heights of Peneda-Geres National Park to see some of Portugal’s most astonishing sights, or explore the dramatic mountains and colourful flora and fauna found on Portugal’s Emerald Coast.

Solos Holidays offers a choice of guided walking holidays for solo travellers in the Algarve and Madeira. There are no single supplements on any of its holidays and you will generally stay in a double or twin room for solo occupancy.

Health and Fitness holidays

The Healthy Holiday Company has handpicked a number of hotels in Portugal that offer structured fitness and wellness holidays. Programmes can include a full board menu and as well as personal training and access to other classes, outdoor activities and spa treatments. Destinations include the Algarve and Cascais.

A yoga holiday is a great opportunity to unwind, restore your mental and physical health and meet new people. Destination Yoga is the UK’s leading yoga holiday specialist and caters to all levels of experience. It offers yoga holidays and short breaks at a selection of stunning locations with world-class teachers and delicious healthy food. You can enjoy the space and privacy of your own en suite bedroom or choose to share a room. See what’s on offer in the Algarve.

Cultural holidays

Martin Randall Travel runs cultural tours in Portugal. Its Medieval Heart of Portugal tour is a journey through central Portugal; from Coimbra to Évora, it covers historic cities, fortified towns, and beautiful countryside. For music lovers, its Polyphony in Portugal holiday includes concerts in churches and chapels with accommodation in former monasteries. Other trips include the Gardens of Sintra – Lisbon and the Portuguese Riviera.

River cruises

River cruising is one of the most relaxed ways to explore Europe. Just You offers a number of solo cruises, popular with travellers aged 50+. Its award-winning tours include cabins for solo occupancy and the option to be social with a group or enjoy exploring alone. Its five-night Douro River cruise includes plenty of time to discover the beauty of Porto – and the Port wine for which it’s so famous.

Before you book

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