In the last few years Portugal has been sparking more interest among tourists, since it offers nice and safe destinations, with warm weather and breathtaking landscapes. If you plan to come here soon or if you’re curious and want to know more about Portugal, keep on reading!
- Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe. It also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira. The capital is Lisbon.
- It’s a developed country, very peaceful and safe.
- Portugal was one of the original member states of the eurozone and, by that, the Portuguese currency is the euro (€). You can check the current conversion rates to your currency here.
- You need a valid passport or a valid National Identity Card issued by the government of an European Economic Area (EEA) country. You don’t need a Visa.
- Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, but in the touristic spots you can always find someone that speaks English or French easily.
- The most important airports are in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal (Madeira) and Ponta Delgada (Azores).
When to go
Portugal is mainly characterized by a mediterranean climate with warm temperatures and a rainy season in winter. Snowfalls occur regularly in the winter in the inner North and Centre of the country.
- Best Weather – April to October
- Best landscape photography season -March to May and September to November
- Christmas season – December to January
Where to go and activities
- City breaks – Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra
- Wine region – Douro Region (North of Portugal)
- Beaches in Algarve
- Boating and dolphin watching in Setúbal
- Convents, castles and palaces from north to south.
- Walking in nature
- Madeira and the Azores Islands
- Fado music (part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage)
Foods you need to try
First of all, Portuguese people love cod fish! And it is said we even have more than 365 different dishes – one for each day of the year. In general, Portuguese cuisine is famous for seafood, comfort foods and deserts. Here’s some dishes you should try:
Pastel de Belém – Portuguese egg custard pastry.
Vinho do Porto – Fortified wine of distinct flavour produced in Porto.
Bacalhau à Brás – Cod fish and crispy straw fried potatoes.
Cozido à Portuguesa – Boiled vegetables served with various types of meat (cow, chicken, beef, pork and several kinds of sausages).
Bolinhos de bacalhau – Cod fish fritters usually eaten as a starter or snack.
Francesinha – literally translated as “little french lady” is a type of sandwich with ham, cheese and several kinds of meat, served with a typical sauce (which can be spicy). You can find these throughout the country, but they are a traditional dish from Porto.
Sardinhas assadas – Grilled sardines.
Leitão da Bairrada – Suckling pig.
Bitoque – steak with an egg, french fries, rice and salad.
Pastel de Tentúgal – Wrapped sweet pastry with rich yellow egg cream inside.
- Public transports are the easiest and cheapest way to get you around. The main tourist spots are served by buses, trains or even subways (Lisbon or Porto).
- At the moment, Uber is still legal in the country. Taxis in touristic regions can be expensive, so we recommend you to use Uber instead.
- In Portugal it’s not mandatory to leave a tip, but it is generally considered a nice gesture. If you want to leave one, you can round the total up or give 10% more as a tip.
- When you meet someone, shake hands (men to men) or kiss both cheeks (men to women and women to women).
- If you attempt to speak Portuguese, people will appreciate it.
- Portuguese people are really friendly and helpful, if you need help just ask for it.
Lets Learn Portuguese Words
Olá – Hello
Bom dia – Good morning / Good day
Obrigado – Thank You
De nada – You’re Welcome
Sim – Yes
Não – No
Por Favor – Please
Desculpe – Sorry
Fala inglês? – Do you speak English?
Adeus – Goodbye
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