With its cultural and breathtaking nature escapes, Portugal is Western Europe’s hidden gem.
Portugal travel tips
When planning Portugal travel you want the intel on the best Portugal vacation spots, right? We got you! Lisbon, Porto, Duoro Valley, the Algarve and the Azores are some of our favorite destinations in Portugal. Lisbon will likely be part of your itinerary since it's a hub for international flights. Wander through the cobblestone streets, absorbing the magnificent views, beautiful architecture and delicious Portuguese cuisine. Porto, located along the banks of the Duoro River, is a picturesque city famously known for its Port wine. The Duoro Valley, one of the world’s oldest wine regions, is tucked along a beautiful mountain range and dotted with lush vineyards that produce its world-renowned wine. The Algarve is where you’ll find some of the best Portugal beach resorts. It’s beloved by sun-chasers for its golden beaches, rugged coastline and fresh seafood. Then there’s one of Portugal’s best-kept secrets: the Azores. An Azores vacation will leave you speechless – and obsessed – thanks to its remote location and untouched natural beauty.
We’re so glad you asked! For far too long, Portugal has flown under-the-radar, especially as a destination for US travelers. Thankfully, it’s finally getting the attention it deserves – and rightly so. Between its rugged coastline, medieval villages, flourishing wine region and the small-town feel of its cities, Portugal travel charms even the most discerning travelers. A Portugal vacation can take many forms: island hopping in the Azores, a Portugal road trip along the coast, a sun-kissed beach vacation, a week at a Portugal all-inclusive resort or a Portugal tour along the Duoro river. Once you decide the type of experience you want to have, your Fora advisor can recommend the best Portugal vacation spots based on your travel style and preferences.
Portugal travel is at its best in the summertime. Even though there are the usual summer crowds, it’s not as crowded as some of the more popular spots in Europe. Spring is the next best time to plan a trip to Portugal. From March to May, temperatures are quite nice and you can enjoy many outdoor activities. Fall is also a wonderful time to visit (October to November), especially if you’re going to Porto and the Duoro Valley. Grape harvesting begins in the fall, so it’s a great time to tour the vineyards!
If you’re looking to save money on your Portugal vacation, you’re in luck! Portugal travel is very budget-friendly compared to other countries in Europe (we can hear your wallet breathing a sigh of relief). Prices on flights and accommodations increase during the summer peak season though (from June to September). If you’re looking to save money, consider traveling in the spring or autumn to stretch your dollars.
Your Fora advisor can alert you to Portugal’s specific entry and exit requirements, and you can also check out official government websites for more information. One piece of advice we always recommend is to check your passport right now and make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from your date of departure.