Portugal

Portugal

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Five hundred and thirty miles of beaches, and that's only the beginning.

In Portugal, life's a beach. Well, actually, a ton of beaches. Because up and down that long Atlantic coastline, Portugal is dotted by every type of beach you can imagine. From busy hot spots bursting with energy, to secluded coves made for being alone.

Venture inland and you won't be disappointed. Portugal's history is as illustrious as that of any other European country. And it shows. In magnificent structures like the Unesco-listed Monastery dos Jerónimos, the mysterious Knights Templars' Convent of Christ, and the 12th century Cathedral of Coimbra.

Take away the landmarks and the landscapes are just as stunning. There are mountains that tower to the sky. Vast plains rich in natural splendor. And two islands on the Atlantic with extinct volcanoes, lush vegetation, and caves perfect for exploring.

From Lisbon to Porto, from Faro to Punchual, let VIVA Travel open the book that is Portugal and help you find the perfect chapter. Whether it's a beach, or something else.

Other things to do:

  • See the Moorish Alfama neighborhood, Lisbon
  • Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon
  • Castelo dos Mouros, Sintra
  • Palacio de Mateus, Porto
  • Alianca Underground Museum

 

 

Climate: 

Temperatures range from 63°F (17°C) to 97°F (36°C).

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC +00:00

Language: 

Portuguese 

Currency: 

Euro (EUR)

Electricity: 

220-240 volts. Travelers from the US and Canada need a plug adapter and step-down transformer. For hair dryers, curling irons, etc., a plug adapter and voltage converter are required.

Tipping Customs: 

Tips of 10% are customary when dining. Tips for other services may be 1-2 euros, however a common practice for taxis is to round the fare up to the nearest 5 euros.

Safety: 

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so you can remain up-to-date with important safety and security announcements. Petty crimes are common, particularly at popular tourist sites, restaurants, or on public transportation. 

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is widely available. Mobile Operators include NOS, Meo and Vodafone.

Smoking: 

Many enclosed areas prohibit smoking including schools, hospitals and theaters.

Travel Documentation: 

US Citizens require a passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. 

Airport: 

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

Car Rental: 

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Sixt, Iberent.

Public Transportation: 

Taxis are relatively cheap and the only way to get around in many places. Lisbon has a fantastic metro network that will get you through the city quick and easily.