PORTUGAL DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Portugal in a way like no other. Catching a warm breeze from the north of Africa and neighboured by Spain, Portugal is equal parts unique and woven with influence. With much of its border touching the Atlantic Ocean, on your trips to Portugal you will be welcomed into hilly lands with sweeping water vistas, peppered with windmills, grapevines and compelling cities. From the far north city of Porto, known for fortified wine and historic sites, to the southern shores of the Algarve where dramatic cliffs lead to unspoiled beaches, Portugal is a country in which you’ll want to see it all. Travel with Trafalgar and you will hear sentimental stories through the guitar sounds of fado, uncover depths of faith in the Church of Saint Lawrence and the revered town of Fátima, and be dazzled by the romance and preserved beauty of Lisbon. Step from museums to monuments with many pastel de nata tarts in between, finding antique shops and alleyways with impossible beauty. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.
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"Portugal is a little rectangle located by the Atlantic ocean where you will find a big diversity of landscapes, picturesque towns and villages, people, and... Oh! It's amazing food and wines!"

Alexandre, Travel Director
Portugal at a glance
Welcome to Portugal's hilly coastal lands, peppered with windmills, grapevines, historic relics and compelling cities. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director to be dazzled by Algarve's dramatic cliffs and unspoiled beaches, and Lisbon's romance and preserved beauty.
Currency
Euro
Winter avg
11°C
Summer avg
24°C
Time Zone
GMT+1
Capital City
Lisbon
Language
Portuguese
Good morning
Bom Dia
Good evening
Boa noite

What to pack for Portugal

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A Portuguese phrase book

Though many travellers can manage a few words next-door when visiting Spain, Portuguese basics are not as widely known. Pack a Portuguese phrase book so you can attempt conversations and courtesies to the praise of locals.

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A sun hat

Enjoying over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Portugal’s warm and sunny climate calls for an oversized hat. It’s also the perfect way to complete your outfit for a day at the beach or taking guided walks of the cities.

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An appetite for seafood

Visiting an alfresco cafe for an abundant seafood meal is a daily – sometimes twice daily – occurrence on a Portugal trip. With reasonable price tags, pack an appetite for seafood and prepare to indulge.

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A camera with a wide lens

Known for its remarkable countryside and beautiful beaches, a wide-angle lens will see you perfectly capturing the landscapes of Portugal.

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Euros

Little markets and hole in the wall cafes may not accept card as payment. Carry euros on hand so that you never get stuck or miss out on a unique souvenir.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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