Located on the tip of Europe, Portugal has been described from those who have been there as a dream vacation.
This Mediterranean country is known for its beautifully crafted architecture, sunny weather, great wine, and gorgeous beaches. The locals are known to be friendly and warm.
Fun Facts About Portugal
- Portugal’s currency is the euro (€) and 1 euro is equal to 1.13 USD.
- Traveling by bus is considered the best way to get around Portugal.
- You do not need a tourist visa as long as your visit is under 90 days.
- The most popular cellular networks in Portugal are Vodafone, Optimus, and TMN. You can purchase a prepaid SIM card from any of these networks.
- Portugal has a tax rate of 23% for common goods and services
As locals typically eat their foods at a café and at their own pace, finding foods eaten on the go (or street food) isn’t a large part of the culture. However, there are a variety of street vendors that serve Portugal food.
Head to a festival or event to find some farturas (the Portugal version of a churro, with more of a lemon flavor) or dried octopus, which is more common in southern Portugal.
Of course, Portugal also has a variety of cafes and restaurants which serve authentic cuisine. In total, expect to pay around 30-50 euros per day on food.
Lisbon Airport is the main international airport to enter Portugal and is just a 90-minute drive to the city center. Porto Airport is another alternative and is just 7 miles from the city center of Porto, but there are no direct US flights to the airport.
Train: Trains are another great way to get around Portugal and offer plenty of scenic views. If in Lisbon, consider taking the tram, which goes by many tourist spots. It is advised to get the 24-hour public transport ticket.
Buses: Buses are a cheap way to get around Portugal and usually faster than a train. Fares cost around €1.8 for a one-way trip.
Car Rental: To rent a car in Portugal, you need a valid US driver’s license that has been valid for a minimum of one year and be at least 18 years old. Prices start at around €40 per day.
- Sunscreen: The sun can be strong, especially during summer months, so bring some sunscreen to protect your skin.
- Sunglasses: Keep your eyes protected under the beautiful and sunny weather with a pair of sunglasses.
- Power adapters: As the voltage is much in Portugal than the US, a power adapter will make sure all of your electronics can be plugged in and charged.
When to Go
The two best times to visit Portugal are March through May or September through October.
During these months, the temperatures are cooler (summer months can reach up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit) and beaches are less crowded with tourists.
With there can be some rain, it is usually very little, and temperatures are around 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hotel rates are also cheaper these times of the year.
Have a nice trip!