Portugal

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.

Portugal Tours & Travel

All our Portugal trips

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Rome to Marrakech

50 days from
USD $9,495.00
CAD $9,625.00
AUD $9,995.00
EUR €6,955.00
GBP £5,980.00
NZD $11,850.00
ZAR R90,975.00
CHF FR8,570.00

Travel from Rome to Marrakech on this comprehensive tour of Europe. Visit some of the world's most famous sights,...

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Wild horses, Portugal

Explore Spain and Portugal

15 days from
USD $2,928.25
CAD $2,966.50
AUD $2,745.50
EUR €2,146.25
GBP £2,010.25
NZD $3,255.50
ZAR R28,050.00
CHF FR2,643.50

Travel through Spain and Portugal. Visit Madrid, Granada, Seville, the Algarve, Lisbon, Porto, Santiago de Compostela,...

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Madrid to Marrakech

15 days from
USD $2,552.99*
CAD $2,589.01*
AUD $2,408.93*
EUR €1,869.75*
GBP £1,604.17*
NZD $2,851.52*
ZAR R24,540.57*
CHF FR2,306.33*

Travel from Madrid to Marrakech on a sangria, sun and spice infused tour across Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Also visit...

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Paris to Marrakech

29 days from
USD $4,970.00
CAD $5,035.00
AUD $5,230.00
EUR €3,640.00
GBP £3,130.00
NZD $6,195.00
ZAR R47,600.00
CHF FR4,485.00

Travel to France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco on a trip from Paris to Marrakech. Visit Bordeaux, Madrid, Lisbon, the...

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Spain, Portugal & Morocco

24 days from
USD $3,220.00
CAD $3,425.00
AUD $3,560.00
EUR €2,475.00
GBP £2,130.00
NZD $4,220.00
ZAR R32,405.00
CHF FR3,055.00

Visit Spain, Portugal and Morocco on a tour from Madrid to Marrakech. See Lisbon, the Algarve, Fes, Aroumd and camp in...

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Paella

Classic Spain and Portugal

22 days from
USD $4,335.00
CAD $4,395.00
AUD $4,565.00
EUR €3,175.00
GBP £2,730.00
NZD $5,395.00
ZAR R41,550.00
CHF FR3,895.00

Travel through Spain and Portugal. Visit Madrid, Granada, Seville, the Algarve, Lisbon, Porto, Santiago de Compostela,...

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Articles on Portugal

lured by lisbon’s tarts

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...

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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..."

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About Portugal

At a glance

Trips Available: 6
Capital city: Lisbon (population 678,000)
Population: 10.7 million
Language: Portuguese
Currency: EUR
Time zone: (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +351

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.

Lisbon weather chart

Geography and environment

Algarve beach in Portugal
With a long stretch of coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean, Portugal's location on the Iberian Peninsula translates to beautiful cliff beaches, rocky islands and volcanic lakes. Sharing an extensive land border with Spain, Portugal's north is more mountainous than the south, with the River Tagus running through the centre of the country from Spain through to the western coast and Atlantic Ocean. With more than 35% percent of land being forested, Portugal offers a nice mix of rolling plains, woodlands, mountain ranges and beaches.

Top Picks

Top 5 Delectable Dishes of Portugal

1. Caldeirada

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.

3. Feijoada

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

Rounding up the bill or leaving spare change in restaurants should be sufficient when travelling in Portugal. Feel free to tip more for good service, but this isn’t expected of you.
Internet access is good in Portugal as internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots are easily found in most cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in most parts of Portugal. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.
Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Portugal. Please be aware that sometimes a small fee is required to access public toilets. Bring your own supply of toilet paper, soap or hand sanitizer as these aren't always provided.
Short city tram or bus ride = 1-2 Euro
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
Tap water is considered safe to drink in Portugal unless marked otherwise.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are very common in Portugal, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
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 Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Portuguese: A Modern HistoryBarry Hatton
Prince Henry the NavigatorSir Peter Russell
The Book of DisquietFernando Pessoa
The First Global Village: How Portugal Changed the World Martin Page
Baltasar and BlimundaJose Saramago