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Portugal at a Glance

Portugal's magical beaches an striking interior make for a nice mix of relaxation and sight-seeing.

Imagine a craggy castle sitting over the sea, or a 20,000 year old group of stone carvings, or the numerous tightly packed medieval towns whose steeples rise in testament to Portugal's Christian heritage. Visitors to Portugal explore the country on foot, by car and by bicycle. Trek along an ocean path, bike up a hill to an old defensive castle, drive along the beautiful coast looking for the best surfing nook. 

While in Portugal try new things. Hop on a surf board, try kite surfing, put on a snorkel and look for treasure, or simple enjoy the ocean bottom. Don't forget to sample the country's food. Hearty smoked meats, fresh fish, delicious vegetables, fruity olive oils and rich stews are all waiting to sate you. Sop up your meal with a crust of good Portuguese bread. 

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Popular Places
  • Lisbon Lisbon
  • Porto Porto
  • Coimbra Coimbra
  • Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês
  • Azores Azores
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Lisbon Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Portugal if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Portugal has warm summer weather and a wet winter period. Bring rain clothes if traveling in the wintertime.

Safety Concerns Bag snatching, pickpocketing and rental car theft are common crimes against tourists. Avoid flashing cash and keep your belongings safe and out of sight.

Health Concerns Portugal has clean water and good public health. Stay healthy by washing your hands and using good hygiene.

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