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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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

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 16 Apr Easter Sunday
  • 25 Apr Liberation Day
  • 1 May Labour Day 
  • 10 Jun National Day
  • 15 Jun Corpus Christi
  • 15 Aug Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 5 Oct Republic Day
  • 1 Nov All Saints' Day
  • 1 Dec Independence Restoration Day
  • 8 Dec Immaculate Conception
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Portugal go to:

Responsible Travel

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.

Elderly lady sits in her doorway in Monsanto, Portugal

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.