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 …
Confession time; I still haven’t been to mainland Portugal. I’ve done multiple layovers at Lisbon airport and I spent 10 days in the Azores Islands, but I’m yet to travel around mainland Portugal.
Doing a road trip along the coast and hitting the best surf spots is pretty high on my travel bucket list. Hopefully one day soon!
For now the only part of Portugal that I’ve seen are the Azores Islands, and I can confidently say they 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.
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
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, …
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 …
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 …
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”, …