Portugal

Portugal is a country on the western edge of the Iberian peninsula, bordering Spain. Though its small land area, it has many landforms and climates, as it stretches from north to south, between the Atlantic coast and the mountains.With a cultural heritage from the once mighty Portuguese Empire, the country is an acclaimed golf destination, with many breathtaking beaches, and surprisingly, several ski resorts.Portugal is 900 years old, and even though it has a relatively small area, it played a crucial role in world history. Nowadays, it is the oldest country in Europe with the same borders. During the 15th and 16th centuries Portugal started a major chapter in world history with the New World Discoveries ("Descobrimentos"). It established the Cape Route to India, and colonized areas in Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe, Guinea Bissau...), South America (Brazil, parts of Uruguay), Asia (Goa, Macau, Sri Lanka, Malacca...), and Oceania (East Timor...), creating an empire. The Portuguese language continues to be the biggest connection between these countries, and Roman Catholicism continues to be the dominant religion throughout much of the former Portuguese empire.

Top Tours & Activities in Portugal

Boat Tour From Portimão To The Benagil Caves On The Manguito Yacht

The best 3 hours boat tour to the Benagil caves departing from Portimão. Join us and have great fun with our lovely macaw mascots!

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Cruise To Ponta Da Piedade – Snorkeling, Swimming In The Ocean & Visiting The Caves

Come and visit the beautiful Ponta da Piedade seen from the sea. One of the most beautiful landscapes of the Algarve coast.

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Birdwatching In The Algarve’s Ria Formosa

This is an exciting tour through Portugal’s Ria Formosa.Enjoy a tour in the protected areas of Ludo and Quinta do Lago and discover the best of the Algarve bird life with an expert local guide.

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Traditional Balloon Flights In The Algarve (Shared Flight)

Live your dream... and enjoy the real ballooning adventure in the blue skies of portugal!

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Algarve Golden Coast – Boat Cruise In Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

Witness the amazing rock formations and beaches of europe's best kept secret. Join our team on this beautiful half day cruise which will be the highlight of your holidays!

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Albufeira Dolphins And Caves Cruise

Come and live the ocean emotion while you watch amazing ocean caves and try to find wild dolphins!

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Kayak Cave Explorer Tour In Lagos, Portugal

Follow us on this exciting Kayak guided tour to the famous beaches and caves of Ponta da Piedade. Explore these amazing and ancient rock formations.

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Jeep Safari Central Algarve With Lunch

Amazing safari by Land Rover with experienced driver looking beyond the tourist spots. Probably the best day of your holidays.

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Top 10 Things To Do in Portugal

1. Lisbon

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with a contemporary culture that is alive and thriving and making its mark in today's Europe. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that faces the ocean and uses water as an element that defines the city. Lisbon enchants travelers with its white-bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy-going charm that makes it a popular year-round destination.

2. Porto

Porto is an enchanting city, established on the hills at the mouth of the Douro river. Designated an UNESCO World Heritage site for its historic buildings and outstanding monuments, highlights of Portugal’s second largest city include the formidable Porto cathedral, the Torre dos Clérigos and the conspicuous Port wine lodges that dominate the hillside of Vila Nova de Gaia. Although largely industrialised, Porto offers a compelling synthesis of ancient and contemporary attractions.

3. Algarve

Portugal’s southernmost region is known for its Mediterranean beaches and golf resorts. Whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s, and now its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants of high quality. The region's western Atlantic coast and rugged interior are less developed.

4. Sintra

Only 28km away from Lisbon, Sintra is primarily known because of the Pena Palace (Palácio de Pena), built in the 19th century in an eclectic style by the Portuguese king-consort Dom Fernando II. Close by, the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle) is also an important landmark and a popular tourist destination. The town of Sintra itself boasts the medieval Sintra National Palace and several 19th century estates. Sintra and its surrounding mountains (Serra de Sintra) are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a popular destination for day-trippers, and can be easily explored while staying in Lisbon.

5. Arquipélago dos Açores

The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, are an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. The islands are characterized by dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, green pastures and hedgerows of blue hydrangeas. São Miguel, the largest, has lake-filled calderas and the Gorreana tea plantation. Pico is home to the 2,351m Mt. Pico and vineyards sheltered by boulders.

6. O Arquipélago da Madeira

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a haven of natural beauty. The exotic colors of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located. The springtime temperature, felt all year round, cries out for open air activities. You can go for a walk along the network of levadas (irrigation channels), visit the city of Funchal and discover the heritage associated with the Discoveries or roam freely around the island. Boat rides are an excellent way of admiring the coastline from a different perspective.

7. Coimbra

Described as the most historical city in the region, Coimbra hosts some of the most venerated customs and monuments in the district. Several years after Roman occupation and medieval domination, the remains of the early years of Coimbra are scattered throughout the district and can be seen in the coastal town of Figueira da Foz, in the imposing 9th century castle of Montemor-o-Velho and in the old ruins of Conímbriga.

8. Aveiro

Aveiro is a charming Portuguese town that makes for an enjoyable, alternative tourist destination. The town has an extensive history which is closely intertwined with the growth and decline of its port and saltwater lagoons.Aveiro is crossed by canals and along these waterways colourful and traditional fishing boats sail. Aveiro is an interesting destination for either a day trip or as part of a tour of central Portugal.

9. Évora

Évora is the capital of Portugal's south-central Alentejo region. In the city's historic center stands the ancient Roman Temple of Évora (also called the Temple of Diana). Nearby, whitewashed houses surround the Cathedral of Évora, a massive Gothic structure begun in the 12th century. The Igreja de São Francisco features Gothic and baroque architecture along with the skeleton-adorned Chapel of Bones.

10. Serra da Estrela

With one of the largest green areas in the country, the north central region of Serra da Estrela is the ideal setting to spend a few days in perfect communion with nature. During winter it is the only place in Portugal where you can have fun in the snow with skis, sleigh or snowboard.

Good to know

Language
[:en]Portuguese[:][:pt]Português[:][:de]Portugiesisch[:][:es]Portugués[:][:fr]Portugais[:]
Currency
Euro
Time Zone
GMT+1
Country Code
+351
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Portugal is spring season which starts in February to find hills bedecked in seasonal flowers and almond groves awash with pretty pink blossom. During the summer the cities gain life, with events and people from all over the world enjoying the best of the European sun. Of course, autumn is another great time to visit Portugal, especially for walkers and cyclists, as temperatures are still warm but crowds are a lot less.
"We had a great time in this Tuk Tuk tour!"
Me and my friend took this Tuk Tuk tour in Lisbon old city and was really a pleasure. The guide was quite communicative and knew a lot about the places where we went so we learnt a lot about that part of the city. Totally recommend it! :)

From Eco Tours With Local Guide In An Electric Car, reviewed by: Maria, 2017-05-17
"24 hours later and I am still excited!"
This flight was really perfect! Besides the amazing landscapes, the whole flight was very safe and smooth and included some acrobatics in the end that brought some adrenaline. Totally recommend it :D

From Paratrike Flight Baptism In Alvor, Portimão, reviewed by: Maria, 2017-06-10
"very good experience"
It was an amazing experience and i will do it again soon :)

From Paratrike Flight Baptism In Alvor, Portimão, reviewed by: Suz, 2017-06-18
"The best thing that we did in the Algarve!!"
The tour was amazing!! Everything... the reservation... the amability of Inês... then the boy that took us around was the best!! He explain lots of things, took us everywhere... He helped us with the pictures that we took!! Was really amazing!! The best thing that we did in the Algarve!! Thanks for everything
"I'll recommend you to anyone!"
Thank you so much for your help, it was easy to find the right place! And also the boat trip was so nice, with a nice boat, some music and the three parrots, excellent !! For sure money well spent, and I'll recommend you to anyone going to south Portugal!! Thanks again!
"The tour was amazing"
The tour was amazing, a bit too fast, but we enjoyed it very much. Carlos is a fantastic captain also. Thank you very much for the great experience!

From Visit To The Caves Of Benagil – From Armação De Pêra, reviewed by: Barbara, 2017-08-09
"Best kayak tour in Lagos!"
This tour was amazing. You get on the boat inside the marina and from there they take you to the beautiful Ponta da Piedade and you get on the kayaks and go exploring the caves! This way you keep your energy for the important part. Professional crew and everything works just fine. Recommend it a lot for all ages.

From Kayak Cave Explorer Tour In Lagos, Portugal, reviewed by: Maria, 2017-08-19
"The most complete boat tour"
This boat tour was awesome! Besides the beautiful views you get from the boat, you have access to many water toys, SUP, kayaks, etc. The lunch was very good and you could chose between roasted chicken, tuna salad and a veggie dish. Was very relaxed and we had a great time. Recommend it very much!
"Todo muy bien."
Han disfrutado mucho y el mar estaba perfecto. Muchas gracias!!

From Kayak Tour In Ponta Da Piedade, Lagos, reviewed by: Carmen, 2017-08-20
"It was great! Thanks so much!"
It was great! Thanks so much!

From Benagil Caves Trip, reviewed by: Gera, 2017-08-20