Cities with an aging elegance, some of the most opulent architecture in Europe, and faded fairytale towns, Portugal is as refined as the region’s best wine.

Portugal is a land of class, extravagant religiosity, and finely aged beauty. Home to one of the world’s oldest wine producing regions, Portugal still fill Europe’s glasses today. Images of the capital Lisbon live in popular consciousness, with faded boulevards and lavish Cathedrals. And in the countryside, towns like Obidos look like they’ve been plucked from a medieval dream. 

Portugal travel highlights

Our Portugal trips

Portugal holiday information

Portugal facts

  Capital city Lisbon Populatio...

Local culture of Portugal

Portugal is a modern and progressive nation with some of the world’s highest standards ...

Geography & environment

Portugal sits on the southwest tip of the Iberian Peninsula and includes two offshore a...

Shopping guide to Portugal

Shopping on your Portugal trip, like all experiences in Portugal, is an exercise in sty...

Portugal festival calendar

Festival of Saint Antonio The Festa de Santo Antonio is just one of many feast days ...

Food & drink in Portugal

Portugal tours are a great chance to try some completely new cuisine. In Portugal, some...

Further reading

The Portuguese: A Modern History by The Portuguese: A Modern History Prince Henry ...

Portugal travel FAQs

Citizens of EU countries, Australia, Canada and the United States do not need a visa for Portugal. 

Tipping is common practice in Portugal, so be sure to round up your bill at restaurants or leave some spare change for other services.

Portugal has good internet access across the country except for some rural and remote places. 

You’ll be able to use your mobile in most places in Portugal except for remote places. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Portugal has Western-style toilets. Many public toilets charge a small fee to use. 

  • Short city tram or bus ride = 1-2 Euro
  • Can of soft drink = 1.50-2 Euro
  • Cup of coffee = 1-2 Euro
  • Beer in a café or bar = 2-3 Euro
  • Simple lunch in a café = 10 Euro
  • Dinner and a wine in a restaurant = 20-30 Euro

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Portugal. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

You’ll be able to use your credit card in the typical places like hotels, restaurants and shops.

There are plenty of ATMs in Portugal’s cities and towns. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

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