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My first travel experience in Portugal was spending 10 days in the Azores Islands. It wasn’t till two years later that I finally went on a 2-week long road trip across mainland Portugal.

Both times I was amazed by the beauty of this country.

The Azores Islands are one of the most jaw-dropping places I’ve ever seen. I didn’t really know much before going, and I was blown away by the epic hikes and stunning natural beauty of the islands.

They’re a bit of a European off the beaten path gem, and you’ll love visiting them.

Mainland Portugal is a more classic European bucket list destination, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. The country is blessed with a huge variety of attractions, and in the same week you could go from epic beaches to cute medieval towns, or from sweeping green valleys to busy cityscapes.

Portugal is a country that I loved travelling to, and that I want to make sure you also make the most of!

Here you will find all my top travel tips for the Azores Islands and Portugal.

Quick travel facts about Portugal

Where is Portugal? Portugal is a country in south-western part of Europe, neighbouring Spain and the Atlantic Ocean.

How to get there: You can find the cheapest flights to Portugal via SkyScanner. You can also travel overland from Spain with buses, trains or with a rented car.

Currency: Euro (EUR) – see the latest exchange rate here.

Electrical plugs in Portugal: Types C&F (the ones you find throughout most of Europe)– I recommend an international adapter so you can use it on multiple trips.

Capital city: Lisbon

Best time to visit: Portugal has a very varied climate and it ultimately depends on what you’re looking for. Summer is the best time for beaches, but is also the busiest time with the most tourists.

In winter the weather is still pleasant compared to other European countries, so it can be considered a good destination for winter sun escapes. 

How to travel around Portugal: The easiest way to travel around Portugal is to rent a car and drive yourself. Public transport via bus and train is pretty good in Portugal, but having a car will give you more flexibility.

You can travel between the Azores islands either via plane or ferry. For the closer islands I recommend the ferry, whilst for longer distances it will be faster by plane. You can find the cheapest flights on SkyScanner.

Visa requirements: Portugal is part of Schengen. Depending on your passport you will either be able to travel to Portugal without limitations or with a 90-day visa.

My Portugal travel guides

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Algarve Itinerary – How To Spend 5 Days In The Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve is one of the most famous and visited areas of Portugal, and it’s easy to see why. With its pristine beaches, turquoise sea and dramatic golden cliffs, it’s a region of stunning natural beauty. It’s the perfect destination for anyone searching for great beach holiday, but it’s also much more than that. It’s …

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Porto Itinerary – How To Spend One Day In Porto

After Lisbon, Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal. With its unique architecture, epic views and delicious cuisine, it’s one of the most visited destinations in Portugal, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re planning to spend one day in Porto, this Porto itinerary is perfect for you! I have outlined all the …

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Lisbon Itinerary – How To Spend 2 Days In Lisbon (Weekend Guide)!

If you’re planning on spending a weekend in the Portuguese capital, and want help designing your Lisbon itinerary, this is the guide for you! Lisbon is one of the few European capitals I hadn’t seen yet. When this summer I had the opportunity to spend 2 weeks in Portugal, and within that two days in …

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Sintra Day Trip From Lisbon – The Best Sintra Tours, 1-Day Itinerary & Essential Tips!

Sintra is considered a must on any Portugal itinerary, and it’s easy to see why. It’s the home to many gorgeous and unique castles, which make it one of the most interesting places to visit in Portugal. Being only a 45-minute journey away from Lisbon, most travellers visit Sintra on a day trip from Lisbon. …

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Whale Watching in the Azores: Everything You Need to Know

  In the beautiful vastness of the Atlantic ocean lies the Azores archipelago. This cluster of volcanic islands belongs to Portugal and is made up of nine islands. Characterised by crystal-clear waters, it’s regarded as one of the best places for whale watching in the world. Many fascinating cetaceans (aquatic mammals) swim freely around the …

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All You Need to Know About Hiking in the Azores (Tips & Advice)

  The Azores is the Atlantic Ocean’s own secret garden of untouched landscapes and natural beauty that not many people know about. It’s an archipelago of 9 islands scattered along the ocean, about 1600kms off the coast of Portugal. With volcanic origins, the lands have now been transformed into natural beauties, hosting incredible waterfall hikes, …

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Terceira Island Things To Do – 11 Fun Activities For Any Type Of Traveller

  What’s better than an exotic, volcanic island with breathtaking viewpoints? One without hordes of tourists! As one of nine islands in the Azores, Terceira boasts stunning viewpoints, the opportunity to explore the inside of a volcano, to swim in natural rock pools and magnificent local wines to sample. This little island has a lot …

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10-Day Azores Itinerary: How To Spend 10 Days In The Azores

  When I first agreed to lead a tour in the Azores I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I can positively say that the Azores blew me away, and are one of the most incredible places I’ve ever travelled to. If you’re thinking of heading over to the Azores, get ready to see magnificent …

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10 Best Things to Do in São Miguel in the Azores, Portugal

  São Miguel is an island mostly untouched by the tourist industry, though that is starting to change. This magical island is the gateway to the other 8 islands of the Azores. But make no mistake, this island has big personality with a lot to offer. If you’re planning a visit to the “Green Island”, …

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