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