Think about 850km amazing beaches, marvellous amount of sunshine per year, heartbreaking fado music, spectacular cities not expensive at all. That’s just my highlights there is many more…
Language: Portuguese / Population: 10,61 million / Currency: Euro
Climate The south, experiences Mediterranean weather with particularly mild winters and hot summers. Further north, in the coast 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. During summer months, Portugal receives refreshing sea breezes, making for very pleasant conditions. Daytime maximum temperatures reach 25°C (78°F), 11 or 12 hours of sunshine can be expected, and there are as many as 29 dry days per month on average.
Suggested Clothing: Lightweight cottons and linens during summer months; warmer medium-weights and raingear during the winter. Whenever and wherever you go, take a sweater for cool evenings, maybe not in summer but generally.
The Portuguese cuisine predominate simple, nutritious meals. The Portuguese eat a lot of seafood and fish (dried and salted cod – Bacalhau and grilled sardines). Bacalhau is a symbol of Portugal. It is said that there are 365 kinds of dishes. One of the most popular is cod baked in the oven with olive oil and garlic, served with potatoes (Bacalhau no Forno) .If you prefer meat, I recommend the Portuguese steak (Bife). Try to find restaurants that serve a Bife on a hot stone. Thanks to this you can decide how will be your steak rare. For dessert, I can not recommend anything else as Pasteis de nata. They are so good that they have become my favorite cookies. Original are sold in Fabries dos Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon. My ideal meal was Pasteis del nata plus coffee or a glass of Portuguese wine.
Foreign Relations A member state of the United Nations since 1955, Portugal is also a founding member of NATO (1949), OECD (1961), become the European Union in 1993.
1. Free Museums Many of the museums have free open day usually in Sundays. For example, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the Torre de Belem both offer free entry on Sundays and holidays before 2pm.
2. Use Public Transport Taxis are very expensive! Why not to have a ride in one of the most beautiful Trams in the world. Tube is very good as well. You can buy day passes for few euro.
3. Choose hostels Many of portuguese hostels are absolutely amazing. So if you on budget why not?
4. City Pass Portugal travel guide suggestIf you want sightseeing a lot city Pass i best option, for example in Lisbon: Once purchased, the card offers FREE or discounted entrance to more than 80 Lisbon museums, sights, and tours, including the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower and the National Pantheon. Your transport around the city is also free, because the Lisboa Card includes all trips on the Metro, public buses, the trams and the Elevadores, such as the Elevador de Santa Justa, even if you go outside the city, spectacular sights such as the Batalha Monstery, the national palaces of Mafra or the Convento de Cristo in Tomar are all completely free, and entrance to the Palacio Nacional de Sintra and the Natonal Palace of Queluz, is cheaper.
Expense report for Portugal travel guide are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research. (2015)
|Big Mac||€ 3,40|
|Bread||€ from 0,85|
|Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink)||€ from 8,00|
|Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)||€ from 9,00|
|Beer (0,5)||€ from 0,70|
|Wine (0,75)||€ from 3,00|
|Museums (Museu da Fundacao Calouste)||€ 5,00|
|Bus Ticket||€ 1,50|
|Hotel (**** double room)||€ from 69,00|
|Budget Hotel (double room)||€ from 42,00|
|Hostel||€ from 9,00|
I wrote as well article about Portuguese top main tourist attractions, you can find it here: Comprehensive Guide to Top 10 tourist attractions in Portugal.
1. Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), once home to the world’s greatest explorers like Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator, becoming the first true world city. The former launch pad for many of the world’s greatest voyages is now where modern travelers discover. For me Lisbon is picturesque calm anc colorful city with great sound of fado.
The city’s natural beauty, between the sea and the river, its nightlife and the diversity of the experiences it offers, combined with competitive pricing for tourists, resulted in Porto being elected the Best European Destination in 2012. Porto is the city that gave Portugal its name many years ago (approx. 200 BC), when Portugal was called Portus Cale. It is a city that is world famous for its Port wine, bridges and ancient and contemporary architecture, its historical centre, which is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
3. Madeira is a fertile oasis in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North Africa, popular for its lush green landscapes, flower gardens and wines. The capital and largest city on Madeira is Funchal, home to historic churches, fortresses, tourist resorts and restaurants as well as the tree-lined Lido Promenade, which presents spectacular ocean views. Today, it is a popular year-round resort, being visited every year by about one million tourists.
4. Algarve receives much exposure for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. You can sunbath, surf, swim, dance drink and many more… just paradise.
5. Sintra is both a town and a municipality in the Greater Lisbon. Most of tourists will come to visit the town and its spectacular setting, the municapility is much larger. Sintra is only 28km away from Lisbon, and is primarily known because of the Pena Palace (Palácio de Pena), built in the 19th century in an eclectic style by the Portuguese king-consort Dom Fernando II. Close by, the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle) is also an important landmark and a popular tourist destination. Portugal travel guide suggest Sintra as popular destination for day-trippers, and can be easily explored while staying in Lisbon.
6. Coimbra Best known for its university, one of the oldest in the world. Coimbra was the capital of Portugal until the 13th century, and is today the capital of the Centro region. You can also visit the Santa Cruz monastery, the Old and New Cathedrals, and the Machado de Castro museum, one of the most important art museums in the country.
7. Cascais on the coast north of Lisbon, became one of the most cosmopolitan and touristic places in Portugal ever since King Luís I chose the bay for his summer residence in the late 19th century. The mild climate and an annual average of 260 rainless days(WOW) were surely strong reasons for his choice and for the most affluent families of the time to follow the royal family and set up their villas and mansions there. It’s worth going on a stroll around town to get a feel for the atmosphere of that period.
I wrote article about activities in Portugal, you can find it here: Top 5 Travelers Activities in Portugal.
According Portugal travel guide The European emergency number 112 is not the only one in Portugal, you can use as well Health line for emergencies available 24/7 808 242 424, Sea Rescue, 214 401 919 Maritime Police (plus pick-up boat service) 210 911 100.
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