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    All About Portugal

    Portugal is a country in southern Europe that contains 7 different regions, Atlantic shorelines, rolling plains, and impressive rock formations. Known as one of the oldest countries in Europe, Portugal provides plenty of historic and religious sites for curious travelers.

    Portugal’s Mediterranean climate makes it one of the warmest European countries. Many travelers visit in the spring or fall months for warm weather and fewer crowds.

    Capital of Portugal:

    Lisbon

    Official Language:

    Portuguese

    Major Airports:

    Lisbon, Faro, Porto

    Time Zone:

    +5 Ahead of U.S. Eastern Time Zone

    Currency:

    Euro (€/EUR)​

    Entry Requirements:

    Valid Passport

    Voltage:

    230 volt (Type C and Type J plugs)

    Tourist Tax:

    There is a small tourist tax which is charged per person/per night and paid directly to hotels at check-out. (primarily in Lisbon, Porto, and Algarve)

    Portugal city by water
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    Regions & Areas

    There are 7 main regions within Portugal. Each region has its own popular tourist attractions, but the cultural and climatic differences make for a unique and diverse experience ranging from coastlines to mountaintops to grasslands.

    Lisbon and Surrounding Areas

    • Lisbon
    • Sintra
    • Cascais

    Alentejo

    • Évora

    Central Region

    • Coimbra
    • Fátima
    • Óbidos
    • Nazaré
    • Batalha
    Aerial view of marina and white architecture above cliffs in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
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    Regions & Areas

    Algarve

    • Albufeira
    • Faro
    • Lagos

    Douro Valley

    • Lamego
    • Porto

    Madeira Islands

    Azores

    Woman alone under the sunlight in the natural Sea Cave of Benagil, Algarve, Portugal
    • Porto, Portugal old town skyline from across the Douro River.
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      Accommodations

      Hotels

      We’ll suggest preferred partner properties with a wide range of options, from old-style charm and boutique to modern and luxury options.

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      Accommodations

      Pousadas

      Traditional historic buildings—former monasteries, castles, palaces, and fortresses—converted into luxury hotels.

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      Accommodations

      Quintas

      Portuguese country homes (similar to Italian villas), guesthouses, and sometimes working farms that offer wonderfully authentic experiences.

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      Food & Drink

      Bacalhau is a salted cod dish that is a national obsession, it can be prepared in many different ways, from grilled to baked, canned, or fried. Porco Preto, also known as “black pork,” is a Portuguese cured ham that comes from the same breed of pig as the jamón Iberico from Spain. Originating from Porto, the famous Francesinha Sandwich is made with bread, ham, linguiça, fresh sausage, and roasted meat, covered with melted cheese and spiced tomato, and beer sauce. For dessert, you won’t want to miss the Pastéis de Nata, a Portuguese egg custard tart dusted with cinnamon that can be found in every pastry shop, typically alongside a small, strong cup of bica (Portuguese coffee). Portugal has 11 officially recognized wine regions. The most famous are Minho (white), Douro Valley (red), and Porto (fortified).

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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Experience the perfect vacation based on your interests. Portugal offers a wide variety of tours, from culinary to history.

      Food & Wine

      • Enjoy a port wine tasting along the Douro river, or taste local craft beers in a local tavern.

      Architecture

      • Explore Porto’s many bridges and Lisbon’s many examples of Manueline buildings like the Jerónimos Monastery.
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      World Heritage

      • No fewer than 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore including the Tower of Belém, the Monastery of Batalha, historical centers of Évora and Guimarães, the University of Coimbra, and the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley.

      Culture

      • Enjoy a soulful evening watching a Fado show or shop for striking blue and white Potuguese tiles, called azulejos.
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Sports & Outdoors

      • World-class golfing, hiking, and sailing.
      • Relaxing golden beaches in Algarve.

      Tenon Recommends

      • Restaurant in Lisbon: Liz Pinto says the best pastries in Portugal are found at Pastéis de Belém
      • Tour/Attraction in Douro Valley: A must-do for Liz Marjollet is a wine day tour and boat cruise.
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    Insider Tips

    • Best Time To Visit

      Best Time To Visit

      Portugal’s Mediterranean climate makes it one of the warmest European countries, ideal year-round. But many travelers prefer the spring or fall for warm weather and fewer crowds.

    • What To Pack

      What To Pack

      Bring lots of options to suit varied climates: clothes that can be layered, sunglasses, scarf or wrap, umbrella, waterproof jacket, and comfortable shoes.

    • Language

      Language

      Portugal’s official language is Portuguese.

    • Travel

      Travel

      A valid passport is required to travel to Portugal.

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    Getting Around

    You’ll have a few transportation options to choose from when traveling around Portugal.

    • Car Rentals

      Car Rentals

      Portugal has a safe and well-kept highway system, but some of the smaller country roads can be hard to navigate. An international driving permit (IDP) is not required to drive a rental car in Portugal, but if you are planning a drive into neighboring Spain, an IDP will be required.

    • Train

      Train

      Portuguese train service is reliable and efficient. Service between major cities is operated by Intercidades (Intercity) trains, while regional and interregional trains are used for shorter distances.

    • Ferry

      Ferry

      Ferry service is available to and from Funchal (Madeira Islands) and the Portuguese mainland.

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    Special Events

    Many festivals and special events take place in Portugal year-round, from Festas de Lisboa to Festival de Sintra.

    Pilgrimage to Fátima

    May 13 and October 13

    Liberty Day

    April 25

    Festas de Lisboa

    series of festivals throughout June, peaking on St. Anthony’s Day, June 13

    Holy Week (Semana Santa)

    celebrated a week before Easter

    Carnival

    celebrated in various cities 40 days before Easter

    Festival de Sintra classical music and opera

    mid-September through mid-October

    Lisbon Gay Pride (Arraial Lisboa)

    end of June

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