To know Portugal is to love it. Its sunny weather, diverse landscapes, unique architecture and vibrant culture makes it a popular destination for travelers of every ilk, whether you prefer historic breaks, beach escapes, spa retreats, or otherwise. What’s more, its capital, Lisbon, is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe. Step right in…

What’s so special about Portugal?
Portugal is a country to be savored slowly. With three Cities of Culture to its name - Lisbon, Porto and Guimarães - along with its eclectic landscape of beaches and mountains, there are plenty of ways to tap into the country’s rich heart and history. In particular, Portugal is known for its relaxed lifestyle, stunning coasts, fresh seafood and ample sunshine, with the country getting 300 days of sun per year on average.

things to know
about Portugal

  • Population: 10 million+
  • Capital: Lisbon
  • Currency: Euro
  • Main airports: Lisbon and Porto
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Timezone: GMT
  • Fun facts: Portugal is considered to be where seafaring got its stride, with many prominent explorers emerging from the country in the 15th and 16th centuries. Archaeological remains also show that Lisbon has been inhabited at least for 3,000 years.


It’s not difficult to get to know Portuguese culture, especially as there are many ways to experience it through music, art, dance, and other forms of storytelling. Folk music and dancing, along with fado – a type of singing that dates back to the 1800s – have both made it to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, and there’s a myriad of local festivals, events and holidays to witness (and participate in) across the year.

When it comes to everyday life in Portugal, you’re likely to notice a couple of things: its strong café scene and love of fine food. Portuguese people relish getting together with friends and family over coffee and pastel de nata while the sun shines high up ahead. Sounds like the secret to happiness, to us.


Working your toes into the sand while staring at the infinitely azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean… nothing could be better. Portugal’s plethora of sandy, pebbled, sheltered and sweeping beaches create huge stretches of coastline that’s a joy to explore.



Many famous architects have had a hand in building Portugal’s golf courses, of which there are dozens – including the second oldest course in Europe, Espiche Golf in the Algarve.



Picturesque Lisbon has earned its place as one of the top destinations in Portugal. This historic city predates other European capitals like London, Paris and Rome, and is filled with historic attractions such as the Belem Tower. It’s also a fantastic place to experience Portugal’s love of music, wine, and great gastronomy, whether you’re sipping on a coffee in Parque Eduardo VII or treating yourself to luxury fare on the Avenida de Liberdade.


Porto’s center was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1990s for its resplendent architecture. On a similar note, the city is defined by the historic bridges that decorate its landscape. Vibrant and affordable, Porto has been voted the ‘best destination in Europe’ three times across the past decade. Head here for culture, heritage, beautiful buildings, and delicious port wine, which originates from the surrounding region.


While there are many wonderful things to see and do in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, you don’t want to overlook its neighbor, Sintra, which is just 30km away. Containing amazing spots such as the Palace of Sintra, National Palace of Pena, and Castle of the Moors, your taste for historic sights will be satiated from dawn until dusk while holidaying here.


Evora has a long history dating back to the Roman Empire. Museums and galleries are scattered across its streets, providing fascinating links to Portuguese heritage, art, and more, while popular sights include the Cathedral of Evora and Temple of Diana. There are several cafes and parks to visit for lazier afternoons under blue skies, too.


Enjoy taking in UNESCO World Heritage sites while playing tourist? How about 25 of them? Portugal’s historic centers, archaeological sites, culture-filled cities, towns, and villages and natural parks are all interwoven with its fascinating heritage. There are so many things to see.

Regions in PORTUGAL

Porto and the North

This region accommodates several of Portugal’s best beaches – in addition to stunning mountains and valleys – and is beloved by travelers for its many wineries, castles, and quaint villages. You’ll also find the city of Porto, here, which has made its mark through its incredible tourism and port wine trade.

Central Portugal

Central Portugal is a hub of mountains, rivers, and forests, making it the perfect region for the hiker in you. Many medieval towns and villages are also waiting to be discovered, here, as well as captivating cities like Coimbra, which is home to Portugal’s oldest university.

Lisbon Region

The Lisbon region unsurprisingly features Portugal’s capital, where stunning parks are met with historic structures, and amazing galleries and museums sit side by side with eateries, bars, boutiques and more. Boasting a beautiful blue coast and playing host to a range of festivals throughout the year, a trip to Lisbon disappoints no-one.

The Algarve

Head to southern Portugal to experience the Algarve: a region renowned for its tranquil beaches, excellent golf courses and warm climate. From its spectacular cliff walks to fascinating fishing villages, this coastal area has a lot to offer visitors seeking a slow-paced escape defined by crisp sea air and whispering waves.


The lovely Evora and many more of Portugal’s best-preserved medieval towns can be uncovered in Alentejo, which is characterized by rolling hills and cork trees. If fine cuisine and adventures off the beaten track appeal to you, pop it on your travel list.


In the north Atlantic Ocean sits Madeira, an island just off the coast of Morocco. This is no typical island. Known more for its forestry than beaches, it’s a retreat for intrepid spirits. You’ll particularly love Funchal, the island’s capital, the crown jewel of which is its bustling old town.


The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which harbors both a unique geography and distinct culture. The largest of its nine islands is São Miguel, where you can spot the incomparably azure waters of Lagoa do Fogo, along with the many secrets of the Furnas Valley.

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