The Lowdown

Portugal is on track to be ’the' next destination in Europe. Lisbon is laden with history. Porto and the Douro Valley offer enchanted vineyards and towns. And like Iceland or Hawaii, the Azores Islands are a magical place in the middle of an ocean. Best of all, with its emerging tourist industry, Portugal offers great value without the crowds that Europe is notorious for.

Population: 10.3 Million
Language: Portuguese, Mirandese
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Time Zone: UTC + 00:00 (Mainland), UTC-01:00 (Azores Islands)
Electricity: F-type sockets. Visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/portugal for more info.

The LGBT Factor

Portugal offers some of the best LGBT rights in the world. It was the eighth country to legalize same-sex marriage, same-sex couples can adopt children, and the nation offers straightforward reassignment surgery and name-change procedures for transgender people.

Lisbon and Porto have thriving gay scenes with annual pride parades. Lisbon's nightlife centres around the Bairro Alto (Upper District), and the capital is home to one of Europe's biggest queer film festivals. You can also find bars, clubs and beaches in smaller towns. 

The Best Time to Visit

Portugal is one of Europe's warmer countries so temperatures, crowds, and hotel prices can be unbearable in the summer. Spring or fall (April/May and September/October) is a splendid time to travel here.

The Shock Factor

Portugal is a highly-developed Western nation - one of Europe's oldest, in fact. Crime rates are low and the nation is generally safe, but beware of pickpockets and petty theft anywhere that's popular with tourists. It's best to leave valuables at home or in your hotel room.


If your passport is from the USA, Canada, Britain, or Australia, you don't need a visa. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the traveller's responsibility. For more info, click here.


The WHO suggests immunization against Hepatitis A and B,  rabies, and influenza before visiting Portugal. If visiting the Azores or Madeira Islands from a country infected with Yellow Fever, a vaccination certificate is required. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as we cannot provide vaccination recommendations.