OVERVIEW

Portugal is a fascinating holiday hotspot with a turbulent history, stunning landscapes and a rich culture known for its vibrant festivals, old-fashioned traditions and delicious foods. Whether you are looking for a relaxing seaside break, a journey into the nation’s past, or an adventure holiday in Portugal’s beautiful and dramatic countryside, you are sure to find the vacation to suit you.

If you are a history buff and want to take in plenty of fascinating monuments during your visit, make your way to the atmospheric cities of Lisbon and Porto, as well as places such as Aveiro – likened to Venice, thanks to its canals and architecture – and Coimbra, with its museums, its medieval downtown and its historic university with a famously spectacular library.

Keen adventurers will also find many things to see and do in this beautiful Iberian nation, ranging from water-based sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving and dolphin watching to land-based activities like hiking, horse-riding and cycling.

But if you are just looking for the chance to relax on a stretch of golden sandy beach and feast on simple but delicious cuisine, then Portugal is also the place for you. Make your way to the Algarve for some of the most spectacular beaches, perfect for swimming and sunbathing, and if you are visiting in August make time to take in the Festival do Marisco, a vibrant celebration of traditional fish and seafood dishes, with live music involved. But wherever you are in Portugal you are sure to enjoy delectable traditional food, such as salt cold, pork and clam, cataplana and the famously delicious pastries known as pastéis de nata.

What is the currency in Portugal?

The official currency of Portugal is the Euro.

How long does it take to fly to Portugal?

The flight time from London to Lisbon is approximately 2 hours 28 minutes.

What is the time difference in Portugal?

There is no time difference between London and Lisbon.

When is the best time to visit Portugal?

The weather in Portugal is arguably pleasant all year around, though summers are very hot so perhaps not the best time for adventurers keen to do some hiking and other strenuous physical activity. Arguably the finest time to visit is in the spring or the autumn when the weather is balmy and there aren’t so many crowds.

What language is spoken in Portugal?

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese.

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For the ultimate luxury hotel experience in the stunning Algarve region of Portugal, book a stay at the 5* Anantara Vilamoura. Walk around the marina in Vilamoura, laze by one of the beautiful pools sipping on cocktails or indulge in a romantic spa treatment for two followed by a seafood lunch on your very own terrace for a honeymoon of a lifetime.

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A honeymoon at Six Senses Douro Valley offers the most romantic views of Portugal’s more scenic region. Enjoy the luxury…

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For the ultimate luxury hotel experience in the stunning Algarve region of Portugal, book a room at the Conrad Algarve.…

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If you want to spend your Portuguese honeymoon in the popular Algarve region, famed around the world for its picturesque…

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The Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe; if you want a lavish Portugal honeymoon why…

Climate

Portugal is a warm European country with a distinct wet season during winter where the average temperature is around 16 degrees with 5-6 hours of sunshine. During spring, the temperature can go to a high of 22 degrees by May. During the summer, Portugal experiences refreshing sea breezes and hot temperatures of around 25 degrees with 11-12 hours of sunshine a day.

September and the beginning of October is the last flourish of the summer season, with highs of 26 degrees and November will see a drop to 17 degrees. Daily hours of sunshine in September are around 9 hours and November averages between 5-6 hours.

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May 23°c
Jun 26°c
Jul 29°c
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Sep 27°c
Oct 23°c
Nov 18°c
Dec 15°c