Portugal is a small country nestled on the Iberian Peninsula, which it shares with Spain. A picturesque country with diverse landscapes, ranging from lush mountainsides to rocky peaks, desert regions and stunning beaches dotted with luxury resorts, Portugal is an idyllic place in which to spend a relaxing golf or spa holiday, or a fun-filled family vacation.
The capital of the country is Lisbon, situated on the shores of the Atlantic. A charming and historic city sprawled over seven hills, Lisbon boasts a lively cultural scene, winding alleyways and leafy boulevards lined with boutiques and upmarket hotels. There is so much to see during your stay in the capital, particularly if you are interested in history and local culture. Visit the Belem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, explore the evocative neighbourhood of Alfama, have a picnic in the Lisbon Botanical Gardens or, if you are on holiday with family, head to the Jardim Zoológico. For something a little different go on a hiking tour around Sintra Cascais Natural Park or enjoy a scenic boat tour along the Lisbon coast.
More unforgettable outdoorsy experiences can be had in the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela, with its rugged meadows, icy rivers, terraced fields and the Serra, Portugal’s highest peak, which offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing – and feasting on locally made cheese and rye bread.
Down south you will find the famous Algarve region, known for its resorts and its golden sandy beaches – over 100 in total. When you are not lazing on the sand, swimming or trying out exciting water sports there are plenty of other things to see and do, ranging from exploring the historic streets of Lagos to going on dolphin watching trips, kayaking tours and jeep safaris.
What is the currency in Portugal?
The official currency of Portugal is the Euro.
How long does it take to fly to Portugal?
Flights from London to Lisbon last 2 h 40 min.
What is the time difference in Portugal?
There is no time difference between the UK and Portugal.
When is the best time to visit Portugal?
As the summers tend to be quite hot – not to mention busy – in Portugal, and most of the country’s rain falls during the winter months, it is probably best to visit Portugal during the spring (from February) and during the autumn (specifically October). During these seasons the weather is pleasant and there are not so many crowds.
What language is spoken in Portugal?
Portuguese is the official language of Portugal.