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Portugal Travel Guide

Whether you're a history buff, an architecture fanatic, a foodie or an outdoor explorer, Portugal offers up an array of experiences to tickle your travel tastebuds. From medieval castles to coastal towns serving up some of the tastiest fresh seafood, sunset drinks and late night parties to sun-kissed beaches and next-level national parks, Portugal has got it going on, that's for sure.
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The official language spoken in Portugal is Portugese. Spanish and Calão is also spoken.
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Central European Time (GMT+01:00)

Top places to visit in Portugal

street in Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon is equal parts charm, grit and after-dark legend. For one, you've got the cobblestoned streets, which are steeped in history, and tasty fresh produce (hello egg tarts and just-caught seafood), then you've got the Gothic architecture and dramatic hillsides - add that to the fact the city comes alive at night, with student haunts, chic wine and cocktail bars and LGBT hotspots, and you've got yourself an A-Class city.
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Porto

Nestled into the north region of Portugal lies this cool kid on the block. With its UNESCO World Heritage old sailing port and medieval vibes, thrown in with graffiti-covered streets and foodie hub that's known the world over, Porto is a charismatic kaleidoscope of personality. It's an exciting city, where there's never a dull day.
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Azores

An archipelago just off the west coast of Portugal, Azores is a playground for the explorers who are looking for some off-the-beaten-track experiences. From hot springs to vivid blue lakes, volcanoes to lush forests - 95% of this cluster of islands is protected. Go hiking, whale watching, diving, windsurfing, canyoning - the adventures never stop. With only a 2-hour plane ride between Lisbon and Azores, it's also easily accessible. 

Portugal tours & experiences

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Highlights of Portugal

In Portugal, the sun is bright, the food is delicious, and the living is easy. Wander the hilly streets of coastal Lisbon, get your fill of history and culture at UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, and the picturesque town of Sintra (optional). End the tour in Porto, where the majestic Douro Valley begs for you to lounge back with a glass of port wine in hand.
7 days
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Portugal City and Surf

A new type of trip drenched in sun and packed with wellness vibes, this one's designed to dive deep into the unique beauty and culture of Portugal. Journeying from Lisbon to Porto, via a stop at a beach-side yoga and surf camp, this trip hits iconic destinations, uncovers Portuguese culture & soaks up the good vibes and free spirit of surf culture across the azure shores of Portugal's beautiful coastlines.
9 days
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Frequently asked questions about travelling to Portugal

When's the best time to travel to Portugal?

The best time to visit Portugal in terms of crowds and costs is either spring (March-May) or the end of summer into autumn (September-October).

In terms of temperature, you'll find it warm at any time of the year, although during winter is when you'll find the most rain, especially on the west coast as it faces the Atlantic. Average daytime temperatures in winter still remain at around 16°C, so it can be a good place to have a break from the cold British winter (although you might not escape the rain). In summer, the north can reach temperatures of 40°C, but the average temperature across the country is around 25°C.

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