Portugal

Watch Portuguese water dogs help fishermen bring in their nets, then dine on their fresh catch at an outdoor cafe. Countryside castles proudly bear Roman and Moorish heritage. Shop by foot or funicular in the newly sophisticated capital of Lisbon. Algarve's southern beaches beckon, while Porto lures the aficionado of port wine fortified with brandy.

Tours & Packages to Portugal

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Best of Portugal
Porto & its famous wine, the university town of Coimbra, Fatima & medieval Obidos, then enchanting Lisbon with a day trip to fairy-tale Sintra
11 days  •  from $3499 $3099
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Portugal's Douro River Valley Cruise
Sail Portugal's River of Gold through its port-wine region: Porto, Regua, Ferradoas & Pinhao; also explore the golden city of Salamanca, Spain
9 days  •  from $4499 $3999
per person, double occupancy*
dates cruise + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Portugal? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Lisbon
Population:  10.35 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: Portuguese
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: WET (UTC 0)

Weather

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.

Entry requirements

Please see specific entry requirements provided by our partner, VisaHQ.

In general, to travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel.

More information about passports & visas.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

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.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

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

Power & Adapters

220 volts. 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.

Tipping

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in Portugal?

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

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.