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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

Evora Day Trip From Lisbon – Everything You Need To Know

Evora is the capital of the Alentejo region in Portugal. The city has a beautiful and very well preserved historic centre, home to many interesting attractions like the ancient Roman Temple, the Chapel of Bones and Evora Cathedral. Many travellers visit this unique city on a day trip from Lisbon. In this guide I’ve put …

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Where to Stay in Lisbon – Best Areas for Budget Travellers, Families & Couples

If you’re wondering where to stay in Lisbon for the perfect city getaway, worry not, I have you covered!  I had the pleasure of visiting the Portuguese capital twice, and staying in different parts of the city each time. Every neighbourhood in Lisbon has a distinctive feel, and is best suited for a certain type …

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Best Day Trips from Lisbon – 15 Epic Lisbon Day Trip Destinations

If you’re planning a trip to Portugal but don’t fancy a moving itinerary, changing hotels and cities every night, worry not! You can easily base yourself in the Portuguese capital, and go on lots of epic day trips from Lisbon. Geographically located about mid-way across the country, Lisbon is perfectly positioned to act as base …

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Where to Stay in Algarve, Portugal – 8 Best Areas & Towns to Stay in the Algarve

The Algarve region in southern Portugal is one of the most popular destinations in the country, and rightly so. The 4,997 km squared region encompasses the whole Southern coast of Portugal, and part of the Western coast too. From never ending white sand beaches to hidden coves surrounded by golden cliffs, the Algarve is home …

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Portugal 2-Week Itinerary – How to Spend 14 Awesome Days in Portugal!

If you’re planning to spend two weeks in Portugal, but aren’t exactly sure where to go or what to do, you’ve come to the right place! After years of wanting to go to Portugal, this summer I had the opportunity to spend 14 days in Portugal, road tripping across the whole country, and I was …

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Best Algarve Beaches – 13 Beautiful Beaches in the Algarve, Portugal

It’s no secret that the Algarve is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. This region spans across the whole of Southern Portugal, and is naturally home to a varied coastline. The beaches of the Algarve range from tiny coves surrounded by tall golden cliffs to huge sweeping bays. Whatever type of …

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How To Visit Benagil Cave – Everything You Need To Know! (Best Tours, How To Get There, Top Tips & More!)

Benagil Cave is possibly one of the most famous places in Portugal, and for good reason. It was made famous from a photo that went viral on social media, and it quickly became one of the most visited natural attractions of the Algarve. We incorporated our Benagil Cave tour from Lagos with exploring other beaches …

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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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