Portugal

Portugal has rivaled its larger Iberian cousin, Spain, for centuries – in the Renaissance, the two nations raced each other around the world in search of new lands, and the rivalry continues to this day as Portugal has emerged as one of the hippest spots in Europe. Many vacationers come here to see a few headline attractions here, such as Lisbon, ... Read more
Sintra, Porto and Portugal’s world-famous beaches, but travelers shouldn’t limit themselves to the status-quo itinerary as Portugal offers so much more. Visit Viana do Castelo, a small northern town that lies on the Rio Lima estuary and has great access to beaches and the surrounding countryside, or any of the smaller southern beach towns known for sand and swell such as Faro, Albufeira or Lagos. No matter where you decide to spend your time in Portugal, try some of the fried fish or grilled meats while enjoying Portugal’s own twist on Iberian nightlife (drinking in public areas is allowed in many cases).

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Popular things to do in Portugal

  • São Jorge Castle
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When to go

Portugal is one of those rare places that enjoys mild weather year-round. Summer tends to be the most popular time to visit, when the daily weather forecast is predictably hot and sunny. Keep in mind that ... Read more
prices will be at their highest during this time of the year, and temperatures might be too hot to do much outdoor exploring. Winter brings rain, though the coast retains its mild temperatures year-round. The northern inland region gets fairly cold and snowy. To avoid crowds and enjoy Portugal’s best weather, visit in the spring -- when blooming flowers paint the hillsides -- or early fall -- when the weather is still warm.

Popular restaurants in Portugal

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  • Julias
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Safety

Solo Female Travel Tips

Basic precautions suffice for personal safety in Portugal. Still, "don\'t be afraid to be rude and leave a place if you don\'t feel safe." Take control of the situation(s) you\'re in. Overall, women felt "very safe."

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Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

LGBTQ Tips

Travelers to Portugal called out the 'welcoming, creative, thriving LGBT community in Lisbon,' and felt that Portugal is 'underrated as an LGBT destination.'

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While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

What travelers are saying

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  • 8.2
    Foodies
  • 7.4
    Family Travellers
  • 6.6
    Adventure Travellers

Member Reviews(68)

Milan

At the moment is the best value country in Western Europe and probably all the Old Continent. Great Mediterranean food, amazing beaches, friendly locals that speak good English, the cheapest prices in the Region.

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San Francisco

Only been to a few cities in Portugal, but so far the country seems like a spectacular place. Great food and endearing culture.

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São Miguel (Lisbon)

It's my city but it clearly has a special felling about it. The light, the people, the food...

Very cheap and with beaches close by!

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New York City

Don't vacation here in the late fall/winter. Most of the little towns on the water are empty.

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London

In spring, Europe’s westernmost capital, Lisbon, dresses in her prettiest pastels, swathed in faded glory and bathed in warm climes. Picturesque hues pervade al-fresco alleyways. A trip to Portugal is a fairytale fling in a country undergoing something of a renaissance, born again to appreciative Europhiles. Lisbon’s rows of red-roofed tiles and bleached limestone buildings are outlined by the brilliant blue Atlantic and accentuated by Miradors (viewpoints). Fairytale palace-clad Sintra blossoms in spring; its hilly cobbled streets a backdrop for many a movie. Cascais features a sweeping beachfront dotted with some seriously luxurious boutique hotels. And Porto is fast gaining recognition as a second capital of culture. Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is a firm favourite for its luxurious surroundings and the best concierge in town.

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Portugal has a vibrant culture and manageable sized cities that are quite pretty. I enjoyed the beautiful beaches and the city life. Portugal is also significantly more affordable than most Western European countries.

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Pittsford

We loved our time in Portugal. The food and wine were excellent and the people were very friendly. We even had a Fado night in Lisbon - an acquired taste.

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Hopedale

I guess I'm biased, because I'm the child of Portuguese parents, and have been going since I was a baby. I love Tras-os-Montes, which is up north. It's very rural, full of small little towns, but that is what I love about Portugal. I love Lisbon, especially Estadio da Luz, Benfica's stadium. You should definitely visit Portugal!

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Los Angeles

Easily on my top 5 list of favorite countries I've been to. My friend wanted to go to Portugal, I've never been interested but I figured why not. I never thought I would love it as much as I did. First off, everything was cheap which is always nice when traveling. The people were so amazing...they are welcoming, proud people who love sharing their culture with others. I fell in love with their custard pastry and their chicken piri piri. Food was amazing! I really want to go back to explore further.

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I traveled one day with my brothers and nephews.
I go to hotel.
In the street has restaurant,hotel and tower very high.

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