A COUNTRY CAST TO THE SEA, FEEL THE OCEAN AND NATURE VIBES
General Tips to travel to Portugal
Your first words in Portuguese:
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Obrigado
Your welcome: de nada
Currency: Euro (€) since 2002
The Capital: Lisbon
Population: 10, 31 millions
Main religion: Christianity
Safety Rating: According to the Global Peaceful Index, Portugal is the number 3 out of 163 countries. Podium for Portugal!!
Solo Female Travel: Easy and safe. During the day and during the night it is safe for solo female travel. There is a lot of activity and party during the night until the early morning. Try not to go back to the accommodation alone to avoid problems.
Summer season is very sunny, autumn is windy, winter is windy and cold and there are nice and sunny springs. It is rare for temperatures to go below 0 °C (32 ºF) and the average annual temperature is 20 ° C (68 ºF).
Due to its mild weather, the best time of the year to visit Portugal is summer and spring even though it is lovely for the whole year.
As you go to the North of the country, the weather will get colder and as you travel to the south, temperatures will get a little bit hotter.
On budget accommodation is excellent taking into account price & quality. Perfectly located hostels go from 7 to 11 $/night.
Talking about private rooms with private toilets you can find very affordable rooms that go from 19-23 $/night
A very cheap and typical way of lodging in Portugal is sharing Villas. These villas are big houses usually near the sea, with multiple rooms and a shared kitchen. This way, you avoid spending everyday money in restaurants and you could make the food by yourself.
Sleeping in nature – Portugal
There are three main airports in Portugal, Faro (South), Porto (North) and Lisbon, capital of the country. This last one is the international airport with great connections with other countries.
Traveling around Portugal by train is wise as it is, in my opinion, the fastest and most comfortable transport. Also, what I enjoy the most traveling by train is that you get to see all the beautiful views of the country you are traveling across.
Although I find the train a very good option in Portugal, buses are cheaper and sometimes even faster than trains ( but not as comfortable).
Connections from North to South of the country or vice versa could also be made by plane.
Portugal is a country with 1,793 Km of coast bathed by the Atlantic ocean, which makes it a rich country in seafood. Seafood is normally very expensive, but you will be able to find it cheap in Portugal as it is abundant.
Principal dish is the codfish, cooked in many ways such as Gratin cod, golden cod, and cod in tomato sauce. One common characteristic in the way of cooking is the use of garlic in all their recipes.
Important! Please do not forget to try Francesinhas in Portugal!! It is a very typical, fatty and delicious food originally from Portugal. After a good and tasty Francesinha be ready for a good session of sport or siesta! , you’ll need it!
5 main things to do in Portugal
Visit the Troia peninsula
Once you arrived in Setubal (50 km South of Lisbon) you have to cross Lake Sado by boat and you will arrive at this marvelous peninsula. Here, you can enjoy beautiful beaches.
Surfing in Peniche
Peniche is a coastal city in the central region of Portugal. During the summer, this city gets fully booked by surfers that come to enjoy the Portuguese waves.
Free tour in Oporto and Lisbon
Great tours in these two incredible cities if you like to get soggy from the culture of special places.
Visit the incredible lookouts you’ll find around Portugal
Santa Luzia Viana do Castelo Sanctuary, Serra do Pilar Convent in Vila Nova de Gaia, Castillo de Monsanto, São Pedro de Alcântara, Castelo de São Jorge, Castelo dos Mouros and Palacio de Pena are some of my favorite lookouts in Portugal. You will be speechless once you arrive at these spots!
Diving in Madeira
It is usually known as the whale’s sanctuary, full of underwater life. If you like diving, don’t miss this stop!