Portugal is a land of contrasts. Between the steep valleys of the Serra d'Estrela and its snow-covered passes, the heavenly beaches and coves of the Costa Vicentina, the endless plains of the Alentejo, the sun on all or almost all the sea fronts... Portugal is indeed a plural country. In terms of cities, the choice is also wide: Lisbon the enchanting, festive and fashionable; Coimbra and its hordes of students, whispering a centenary fado; Evora, a museum city with the sunny cobbled streets of the heart of the country; Porto, with its rich architecture and famous vineyards... Expect to make your taste buds travel too, there are countless regional specialities and by following the indications of the tourist guide on Portugal, you are likely to enjoy yourself. From the fresh fish just caught by the sailors of Nazaré to the famous 365 cod recipes, not to mention the tasty pasteis of Belém, get ready to make some great discoveries. A city steeped in history like Braga will enrich your stay in Portugal. Feel free to discover the country by venturing inland. The Douro Valley, for example, is a treasure with the natural beauty of the country; it is one of the must-see sites (a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The beautiful beaches of the Azores archipelago will delight surfing fans. With your travel guide, discover this country of the Iberian Peninsula and its tourist attractions without further delay.

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When to go to Portugal?

If you have the choice, the best periods to spend a holiday in Portugal are spring and especially the month of June (popular festivals), the beginning of summer (many festivals) before August (the time of holidays for the Portuguese, therefore higher prices) and the beginning of autumn (before the rains). Summer is of course the great season for festivals. June is one of the most interesting months for the feasts of St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter, which are among the main events of the month. There are also the Santiago de Setúbal Fair (late July, early August), the Bullfighting Culture Week in Vila Franca de Xira (June), the Almada Theatre Festival (July), the Harvest Festival in Palmela, the Seixal Jazz Festival (October) and the many contemporary summer music festivals

How to go to Portugal? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Tour operators specialized in Portugal for stays in Portugal produce their own trips and are generally very good advisors because they know the region inside out. It should be noted that their rates are often slightly higher than those of general practitioners. Stays in Lisbon can be combined with Porto and Faro. Get ready for great discoveries!

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There are many direct flights to Lisbon for prices ranging from a single to a quadruple depending on the season. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. To obtain attractive rates, it is therefore often essential to do so in advance. The country being very close, you can enjoy it during one of your weekends. From Paris, we are only 2h30 flight from the Portuguese capital.

In Portugal, the train and bus network is extensive and cheap. To go faster, you can take domestic flights that are very fast because of the short distances. However, the best way to travel throughout the country, including in remote areas, is by rental car. Many families of Franco-Portuguese origin do not hesitate to take the road to Portugal. By car or motorhome, the journey is similar to a road-trip, but it is easier to travel inland later on. This is a possible solution for a family stay. By choosing this option, you increase the chances of discovering beautiful places like picturesque little villages, which will change you from big cities.

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When to travel?

If you have the choice, the best periods to spend a holiday in Portugal are spring and especially the month of June (...
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Weather forecast

Officially, the climate is temperate oceanic. So, soft and humid.... and subject to the vagaries of the weather. Min...
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Budget

Portugal is in the euro zone. Life is still a little cheaper in Portugal than in France, for example. However, do not...
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Formalities

For European Union nationals, an identity card or passport (even if it has expired less than five years ago) is suffi...
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Health

No particular risk for your holidays in Portugal. Tap water is drinkable. Wherever you are in Portugal, in case of an...
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How to travel by yourself?

There are many direct flights to Lisbon for prices ranging from a single to a quadruple depending on the season. It s...
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How to get organized?

Tour operators specialized in Portugal for stays in Portugal produce their own trips and are generally very good advi...
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Getting around

In Portugal, the train and bus network is extensive and cheap. To go faster, you can take domestic flights that are v...
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