PORTUGAL TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve's beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s – 1800s when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire. Portugal's great draw is the same as it has been for over 40 years, a country blessed with a magnificent coastline, warm climate and some of the most majestic beaches in the world.

 

Sitting pretty at the western brink of the European mainland, Portugal retains the rural charms that its other continental brethren have relinquished. It is a land of flavoursome cuisine and fine port wine, romantic beaches, and medieval villages sitting atop scenic hills. The pretty ports along the Tajo and the sheer cliffs of the Serra de Estrela, coupled with the Moorish quarters and high rises of Lisbon, make for an altogether delightful travelling experience.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Portugal has reopened its borders to travelers arriving from the EU, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, UK, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.Travelers from areas other than those listed above may enter or transit through Portugal only if they have an "essential" reason such as professional, study, family reunification, health, or humanitarian reasons. Business travelers should be prepared to describe the reason for business travel and may be asked for evidence. Students must have the appropriate visa and/or be prepared to present evidence of registration with a Portuguese educational institution.Third country national holders of residency permits or long-term resident visas issued by EU member states may transit Portugal to return to their country of residence.Travelers entering Portugal from countries other than those listed above (except those only transiting through Portugal and not leaving the airport) must present a negative COVID-19 test result issued in the last 72 hours. They will also be subject to health screening on arrival. Their temperature will be checked and if it is high or they show symptoms, they will be referred to the health authorities.Travelers arriving in Madeira must or Porto Santo must complete and submit a traveler questionnaire 12-48 hours before they arrive. On arrival, they will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their arrival, or take a test on arrival and self-isolate at their accommodation while awaiting the results. More information is available here.Travelers arriving in the Azores must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out 72 hours before departure, or take a test on arrival and await the results within 48 hours in voluntary quarantine. Travelers staying for more than 7 days must repeat the test locally 6 days after the first test. More info is available here.

 

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  • Capital: Lisbon
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Area: 92,090 km²
  • Population: 10,28 million (2019)
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 84%, Protestant
  • Electricity: 230V, 50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 25 April, Liberation Day
  • 1 May, Labour Day
  • 10 June, Portuguese National Day
  • 15 August, Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • 8 December, Immaculate Conception

Also, Shrove Tuesday (Carnival) and Good Friday.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

The climate in mainland Portugal is predominantly influenced by latitude, orography and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Maritime temperate climate - cool and rainy in the north, warmer and drier in the south.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

It is possible to ski in Portugal from December to February, just note that Portuguese ski slopes can't be compared to their Swiss or French counterparts.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Portugal is during Spring (April to May) and Autumn (September to October). Although summer can be popular, it is uncomfortably hot!

BEACH:

You can enjoy the beaches of Portugal from as early as April through to early October, with the months of July and August being by far the hottest and busiest.

WIND:

The best time for kitesurfing in Portugal is from May to October. Check out the following kitesurfing spots: Cabedelo, Esposende, Obidos Lagoon, Peniche, Guincho, Fonte da Telha, Lagoa de Albufeira, Algarve, Carrapateira & Alvor Lagoon

For more details on kite surfing in Portugal expand this section!

SURFING:

With a west and south coastline, Portugal is a great all year round surfing destination. May to September is best for beginners while September to April brings bigger swells with the largest swells during winter.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Portugal improved substantially in the 2000s and 2010s and are now among the best in the world. Same-sex marriage in Portugal has been legal since 5 June 2010, making Portugal the sixth country in Europe and the eighth country in the world to allow same-sex marriage nationwide. The country has also recognised same-sex de facto unions since 2001.

 

After a long period of oppression, the country, while still influenced by Roman Catholicism, has progressively become more accepting of same-sex relationships. Lisbon and Porto have visible LGBT scenes, with several gay bars, nightclubs and other venues, as well as their annual pride parades.

 

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