Fast Facts: Portugal

What is the weather like in Portugal?

Portugal's southern coast has a near-Mediterranean climate; rain is more common in northern part of the country. May-June and late September-October are ideal times to visit as the weather isn't too hot for touring. In general, summers in Portugal are hot and winters tend to be wet.

Check out the current weather conditions in Portugal.


What is required for entry into Portugal?

See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Portugal.


Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health advisories for travel to Portugal. The sun is strong, so take along sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Portugal is the euro. Please review the current exchange rate for the euro.

ATMs: ATMs are widely accessible and are generally the best way to obtain euros.

Tipping: Round up the bill in restaurants. Tip taxi drivers 10% of the fare.

What are the best items to shop for in Portugal?

Shop for wine, olive oil, azulejos (colorful ceramic tiles), earthenware, faience (particularly from Coimbra), leather goods (including shoes), antiques, gold and silver filigree (particularly from Minho Province and Oporto), cataplanas (clamshell-shaped copper pans for cooking shellfish and stews), lace, Madeiran embroidery, cork items, Portuguese guitars, and Arraiolos rugs.


What are the voltage requirements in Portugal?

Voltage: 220 V; Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

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