Gifted with a temperate Mediterranean climate, a bounty of beaches and a rich heritage, Portugal casually flies under the European travel radar. Home to culinary greats, effortlessly cool cities, charming colonial towns and magical stone villages, travellers will find that this enduring historic heavyweight still packs a punch.
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lured by lisbon’s tarts
Posted on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 by Sue Elliot
It's so hard to resist a heavenly sweet that's still baked from a secret 19th century recipe...Read more
on the local lookout in lisbon
Posted on Thu, 8 Mar 2012 by Sue Elliot
"Lisbon is like a menina or girl, with its many personalities and moods, but it's also the ideal setting for a girl's adventure..."Read more
At a glance
|Capital city:||Lisbon (population 678,000)|
|Time zone:||(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)|
Best time to visit Portugal
Good news - Portugal is one of the warmest European countries. Yearly temperature averages are about 15°C (55°F) in the north and 18°C (64°F) in the south. Spring and summer months are usually warm and sunny, with July and August averaging maximums between 35°C and 40°C (86°F - 95°F) in the interior of the country, 30°C and 35°C in the north and occasionally 45°C (113°F) in the south. The months of May, June and September are considered some of the best times to see Portugal as the weather is usually fine (yet not too hot) and the attractions are less crowded than during the peak months of July and August. Autumn and winter are typically rainy and windy, yet sunny days aren't rare either.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Delectable Dishes of Portugal
This stew packed with several different types of fish is one of Portugal's most popular and enduring dishes. Expect sardines, cod, haddock, tuna and mackerel, doused in white wine and olive oil, served with a chunk of crusty bread. Simple but effective!
2. Carne de Porco á Alentejana
The popular Portuguese version of surf and turf hails from the Alentejo region but can be found served all throughout Portugal. Featuring pork and clams as the hero ingredients, white wine, paprika and coriander add flavour that is difficult to resist.
Brazil's national dish was actually invented by the Portuguese and this stew still endures as a common favourite in Portugal. Featuring beans, pork or beef and vegetables, this hearty stew is typically served with rice, although regional differences make this dish a different proposition every time.
4. Entrecosto com Mel
Meat lovers will salivate over these succulent pork ribs marinated in honey, garlic and liquor. Served with a side of chilli sauce, this oven-roasted feast is perfect for a decadent celebration.
5. Arroz Doce
For dessert, this traditional Portuguese rice pudding dish should satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Typically flavoured with citrus and cinnamon, it's a fresh, creamy, zesty, sugary delight.
FAQs on Portugal
Can of soft drink = 1.50-2 Euro
Cup of coffee = 1-2 Euro
Beer in a café or bar = 2-3 Euro
Simple lunch in a café = 10 Euro
Dinner and a wine in a restaurant = 20-30 Euro
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Mar 29 Good Friday
Mar 31 Easter Sunday
May 1 Labour Day
May 30 Corpus Christi
Jun 10 Portugal Day
Aug 15 Assumption
Oct 5 Republic Day
Nov 1 All Saints' Day
Dec 1 Restoration of Independence Day
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Portugal/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Portugal Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Portugal
1. Be considerate of Portugal’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
|The Portuguese: A Modern History||Barry Hatton|
|Prince Henry the Navigator||Sir Peter Russell|
|The Book of Disquiet||Fernando Pessoa|
|The First Global Village: How Portugal Changed the World||Martin Page|
|Baltasar and Blimunda||Jose Saramago|