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Portugal Travel Tips
Last updated: May 2020
Portugal is an amazing destination for your next holiday. The pleasant climate, historic cities, magnificent beaches, and rich gastronomic culture make Portugal one of our favorite countries to visit in Europe.
It’s easy to reach Lisbon, Porto, or Faro with direct flights. These are the main airports in Portugal and they host a number of non-stop international flights. Are you looking to explore the world-renowned wine regions? Discover the historic UNESCO World Heritage sites? Or relax on the pristine white sand beaches? Whatever your hopes are for your vacation, Portugal is a dream come true for visitors of all ages.
Douro River and the Dom Luis I Bridge in Porto, Portugal
When to go to Portugal?
Portugal is one of the sunniest countries in the world! The temperate climate keeps Portuguese weather very favorable throughout the year.
The Spring (March-May) is generally considered the best time to visit Portugal. Temperatures are very pleasant and flowers are blooming around the country. Tourists have not yet arrived and so hotel prices are still quite low.
During the summer (June-August), the temperatures reach their peak and so do the crowds. The summer is the busiest time of the year to visit Portugal. High temperatures can make sightseeing and walking in the cities rather uncomfortable. If you plan to visit Portugal in the summer, head to the coast for breezy winds and cooler temps.
The best time to visit Portugal’s wineries is in September and October. The grape harvest is at its peak and there are fewer crowds. The weather is still warm and pleasant, which is perfect for hiking and biking.
Portugal’s rainy season starts in November and extends into February. However, the country still experiences sunnier weather than many other European countries. The Algarve, Portugal’s southern region, is the best place to go if you wish to visit Portugal in winter.
The Torre de Belem in Lisbon, Portugal
Best Places to Visit in Portugal
Many of Portugal’s cities boast incredible heritage sites, beautiful architecture, and lovely natural beauty. They are truly all worth visiting on a Portugal vacation. Our top cities to visit in Portugal are:
- Lisbon: Walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of the capital city of Portugal and enjoy amazing museums, ancient ruins, and beautiful architecture.
- Porto: Enjoy Portugal’s second-largest city with views of the Old Town nestled on the Douro River and walk along the Cais de Ribeira waterfront with its lively restaurants and street performers. Read our recommendations on the 8 Best Things to do in Porto while you're here.
- Sintra: The hills of the Serra de Sintra were a popular destination for many of Europe’s wealthy elites. Add a bit of drama, color, and whimsy to your vacation and visit the fairy-tale castles in Sintra.
Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal
Best Things to Do in Portugal
There is a fantastic of things to do in Portugal with something for everyone whether you want to explore its natural beauty, historical past or try some of the delicious local produce.
- Surfing: Portugal has an Atlantic coastline that is perfect for surfing with people travelling from all across the world to ride its famous waves. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced surfer, make sure you check our the surf camps offered by Kook Proof. The expert tutors will not only show you the waves, but also help you experience the local culture.
- Try some port: If you enjoy a tipple of port, then make sure you book yourself in for a port tasting experience or engage in the wine tours of the vineyards themselves.
- Sightseeing: There are countless fantastic hisotrical sights to visit in Portugal, including the colourful Pena Palace in Sintra and the impressive Belém Tower in Lisbon
Surfing in Portugal
Visa and Passports for Portugal
Australian, Canadian, American, and British nationals do not need a visa for visits up to 90 days. Travelers with a passport from these countries only need to bring a valid passport. Be sure that your passport is at least 6 months from its expiry date or you could be denied entrance.
If your passport is issued from another country, check the government website to see what the visa requirements are for visiting Portugal.
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