Overview of Portugal Vacations

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When visiting Europe don't miss Portugal

Many people choose Portugal vacations for the sunshine and the golf, what they find is much more than that, and they usually come back.

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Mention Portugal and most people think of the Algarve. Not surprising really, as it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Home to luxury golf courses, luxury villas, a gentle warm climate, and sunshine all year.

Miles of sandy coastline, where it is still possible to find a secluded beach, is enough to entice millions of visitors year after year, with cheap package holidays, self catering and all inclusive.

Go beyond the Algarve and discover more of Portugal :

The city of Fatima, where three shepherds are said to have witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary, adds to the mystique of the place.

Lisbon, the capital city with the fabulous Praça do Comércio, a riverside square which leads to the Rossío, a smaller square, is lined with pavement cafés and shops.

There are many small independent shops in the capital, and it's a pleasure to be served in them with staff who are very courteous and friendly.

You will also find some luxury boutiques in Lisbon, as well as lively nightlife and a thrivng arts scene.

Much of Portugals history can be found in the second largest city, Oporto, home of ancient monasteries and port wine.

Portugal boasts a full programme of outdoor activities :

As you would imagine, with so much coastline, watersports are popular. Scuba Diving packages are on offer all year, with some one day packages. There are also organised Portugal vacations for bicycle tours, hiking and walking, nature and wildlife, and fabulous golf tours.

Eating out in Portugal is a relaxing experience, and most enjoyable, with some of the freshest seafood in Europe coming from the Mediterranean.

You can choose your ideal accommodation from a good selection of Portugal Hotels, or for something a little more private, Vacation Rentals. For self guided tours and people on the move there is also the choice of excellent value Hostels & Budget Accommodation on offer.


Language : Official language is Portugese.

Currency : The monetary unit of Portugal is the Euro. Have a look at the
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Portugal Climate : Warm summers with lots of sunshine most of the year, however, it can be cold and wet in winter.

Time zone : GMT/UTC

Country dialling code : +351

Recommended places to visit : Lisbon, the capital, and the Algarve.

Passports & Visas : A passport is required for Portugal vacations. A visa is not required for Europeans staying up to three months, and for EU citizens there is no limit. US, Canada and Australia nationals can also stay for up to three months. From other countries and for longer durations a visa is required. Check the Portugal Tourist Office for more information.

Travelling to Portugal :

Shop around for deals on the lowest air fares, and customise your trip with flight or hotel only, or as a package. Please remember insurance when travelling. Essential Travel offer online discount travel insurance.

Make the most of your visit to Portugal with Maps International super value travel guides, road maps and language books.

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