Historically, sailors from Portugal’s charming ports once set sail for every foreign shore around the globe, though today the country has a different focus, on enticing travellers to its own shores.
Portugal proudly proclaims itself to be ‘Europe’s West Coast’, and its long, varied coastline, sunny climate, and relaxed lifestyle have made it a popular holiday destination. Luxury options and unexpected pleasures abound, so why not allow our Travel Managers for Portugal to unveil the delights of the Azores’ hot springs, of hiking and sailing in Madeira, or the cultural sights of Lisbon?
Portugal’s historical love of the sea translates today into golden opportunities to enjoy world-class coastal activities – not just swimming and surfing but also snorkelling, kayaking, jet skiing, diving, sailing and much more besides.
While the sea remains Portugal’s first love, the country also boasts many varied pleasures inland, ranging from the wilds of the Sintra-Casais Natural Park, a World Heritage Site, to the cosmopolitan culture of Lisbon.
Part of Portugal’s appeal lies in the rural enclaves still to be found behind the country’s modern European facade – rural retreats where time has stood still and ancient traditions continue. In the south, the Algarve offers a string of first-class resorts while, to the west, the cultural hub of Lisbon serves up fun, fantastic local flavours and fado – a melodramatic, exotic brand of torch singing which takes centre stage in many night clubs. Yet travel just a few miles north or east of the capital and you can explore a largely undeveloped picturesque countryside, full of medieval villages and towns.
The compactness of the country makes it easy to take in all its best elements: sandy beaches, stunning scenery, evocative history, wonderful cuisine, lively entertainment, charming handcrafts, thrilling nightlife, country fairs and warm, friendly people.
Summers are hot and dry throughout Portugal, particularly in the Algarve where refreshing sea breezes help create comfortable conditions nonetheless.
The hottest month in Lisbon is July, when average temperatures reach 24 degrees Celsius (74 degrees Fahrenheit). Winters are relatively mild, so even in the chilliest month of January, an average temperature of 11 degrees Celsius (52 degrees Fahrenheit) is maintained.
Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit with perfect weather and fewer crowds on the beaches and golf courses.
Portuguese is the official language used, but English is widely spoken.
Portugal is a member of the European Union. You may need a Schengen visa (short stay visa) to stay in the country for more than 90 days. All visitors, except those from EEA member states, must hold tickets for their return or onward journey and sufficient funds for, or proof of, paid accommodation.
Please check the rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.
Generally, safety is not a problem for travel in Portugal but the usual precautions are advised against petty theft.
Portugal has a relatively poor record in road safety, so exercise caution when exploring the country by car.
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