Portugal is the land of Vasco De Gama, Port, and the special one, Jose Mourinho. The taste of Bacalhau, and Ferdinand Magellan. The genius of Eusebio, Fernando Pessoa and Carmen Miranda. The Algarve and the stunning castles of Sintra.
These are some of the things you will remember or observe when in Portugal. Of course your own list will be interesting and we would love to read it.
But on a practical note, we have listed some information below to help you relax and enjoy your tour.
Attractions – Portugal
Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches are just some of what the Portugal experience can be. History, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning and outside the cities, Portugal’s beauty unfolds in all its startling variety. You have the sophistication of Lisbon with Museums, Bars and Cafes and stunning medieval castles. The Algrave known for its Mediterranean beaches and golf resorts and whitewashed fishing villages, now its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants. You can go hiking amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês or take in the pristine scenery and historic villages of the little-explored Beiras. Over 800km of coast offers more places to soak up the splendour.
Regions – Portugal
In Portugal the regions are Porto and North, Center, Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Alentejo, Algarve, Azores Islands andMadeira Islands
VISA – Portugal
Coming from the States you do not need a visa to enter Portugal. As a visitor you can stay up to six months without any restrictions.
Currency – Portugal
The currency is The Euro and this is generally the only currency accepted, except in rare circumstances. In most places you can also pay with Visa or MasterCard. American Express is less accepted so check in advance. 1 USD is equivalent to approximately .90 Cent and there are 100 Cent in one Euro.
Weather – Portugal
The climate in mainland Portugal varies from north to south and from coast to mountain. The south, experiences Mediterranean weather with particularly mild winters and hot summers. Further north, the coast is warmed by the Gulf Stream, so winters are still mild and summers are warm. More inland summers are hotter but the winter temperature drops. In winter you can even find snow in Portugal.
In the Algarve summers are particularly dry and sunny with 12 hours of sunshine each day and an average maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius (82° Fahrenheit) and minimum of 20 degrees Celsius (68° Fahrenheit). Although temperatures in the north of Portugal are a little lower, there?s still around 11 hours of sunshine each day and the cool sea breeze makes it pleasant for a summer break.
Language – Portugal
In Portugal the main language is Portuguese and you have also English in holiday resorts and Spanish.
Food – Portugal
Dining in Portugal is far more dynamic than navigating countless preparations of beloved bacalhau (dried and salted cod fish; with many variations to choose. While shredded cod with onions, eggs and potatoes; is never far, the abundance of fresh seafood like octopus, tuna, monkfish, shrimp, sardines, clams, means toy can have Michelin-starred restaurants to gourmet-food markets to countless corner Tascas (taverns). Top-grade Alentejan beef beckons with juicy steaks and gourmet burgers; and you’ll find everything from tantalising Indian curries to authentic Moroccan couscous in-between.
Drink – Portugal
A trip to Portugal would not be complete without sampling some of the wonderful drinks native to certain regions.
Portugal’s most famous drink is port. Porto, naturally can boast a wide selection, along with the Douro valley to the east of the city.
Wine is also a forte in this part of the world. Vinho Verde from Minho in the north together with Vinho do Dão and Vinho da Bairrada stand out from the usual favourites.
Aguardente (a sugar cane based drink).
Beirão and Ginjinha (or Ginja) are distinctly unique liqueurs to cap off an excellent meal.