Travyde Travel and Discovery Guide to Portugal

Explore Travyde's curated travel and discovery guides to 83 destinations in Portugal!

Portugal
Lisbon
Porto
Espinho
Mafra
Coruche
Monsanto
Albufeira
Lagos (Portugal)
Viana do Castelo
Braga
Sintra
Cabo da Roca
Amarante
Massamá
Santa Maria da Feira
Almada
Paço de Arcos
Vila do Conde
Estoril
Chaves
Madeira
Cascais
Carvoeiro
Lamego
Caminha
Vila Real
Monchique
Guarda
Sabrosa
Santiago do Cacém
Pinhel
Aveiro
Praia das Maçãs
Ponte de Lima
Beja
Ericeira
Comporta
Setúbal
Praia da Luz
Caldas da Rainha
Lagoa
Marvao
Quarteira
Guimarães
Vilamoura
Faro
Castelo de Vide
Vila Nova de Gaia
Silves
Elvas
Monsaraz
Estremoz
Alvor
Queluz
Évora
Óbidos
Serra de Monchique
Tavira
Coimbra
Viseu
Miranda do Douro
Sagres
Portimão
Zambujeira do Mar
Terena
Fátima
Póvoa de Varzim
Peniche
Mealhada
Gouveia
Alcobaça
Nazaré
Bragança
Vila Real de Santo António
Lousã
Leiria
Castro Marim
Figueira da Foz
Salema
Tomar
Portugal is a country of 900 years old and shares the Iberian peninsula at the south-western tip of Europe with Spain. Even though it has a relatively small area, it played a crucial role in world history with the New World Discoveries. As of today, it is the oldest country in Europe with the same borders. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from its neighbor, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Although it was once one of the poorest countries in Western Europe, the end of dictatorship and introduction of democracy in 1974, as well as its incorporation into the European Union in 1986, has meant significantly increased prosperity. In fact, it may be one of the best value destinations on the continent. This is because the country offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its north-south disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. You can travel in a single day from green mountains in the North, covered with vines and all varieties of trees, to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Centre, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally to the Algarve, a glamorous beach holiday destination. The climate, combined with investments in the golfing infrastructure in recent years, has also turned the country into a golfing haven. If you want a condensed view of European landscapes, culture and way of life, Portugal might very well fit the bill.1

Quick Facts

Population

10,813,834 (July 2014 est.)

Major Cities

LISBON (capital) 2.843 million; Porto 1.367 million (2011)

Climate

maritime temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south

Languages

Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but locally used)

Ethnic Groups

homogeneous Mediterranean stock; citizens of black African descent who immigrated to mainland during decolonization number less than 100,000; since 1990 East Europeans have entered Portugal

Religions

Roman Catholic 81%, other Christian 3.3%, other (includes Jewish, Muslim, other) 0.6%, none 6.8%, unspecified 8.3%

Terrain

mountainous north of the Tagus River, rolling plains in south

GDP per Capita

$22,900 (2013 est.)

National Symbol

armillary sphere (a spherical astrolabe modeling objects in the sky and representing the Republic)

Shared Borders

Spain 1,214 km

Country Scorecards

Quality of Life

is a ranking of the generalized standard of living in a country.

Purchasing Power

is a ranking of how many goods can be purchased with the an unit of the country's currency.

Consumer Price Index

is a ranking of the prices of a generalized basket of common goods.

Safety

is a ranking of how safe the country is for both travellers and locals.

Pollution

is a ranking of the amount of pollution and its effect on humans and nature.

Healthcare

is a ranking of quality and availability of healthcare services.

Budgeting for Portugal

Average Monthly Disposable Income After Tax1002.35USD

Food and Drink

Inexpensive Meal8.83USD
Midrange Meal for Two37.85USD
McDonalds Combo6.94USD
Domestic Beer, 0.5L1.89USD
Imported Beer, 0.33L1.96USD
Coke/Pepsi1.43USD
Midrange Wine5.05USD
0.33L Bottled Water1.13USD
Water, 1.5L0.62USD
Milk, 1L0.78USD
Bread, 500g1.26USD
Apples, 1kg1.69USD
Oranges, 1kg1.21USD
Rice, 1kg1.16USD
Cappucino1.4USD
Cigarettes, Pack5.43USD

Transportation

Public Transportation, 1 Ticket1.89USD
Public Transportation, Monthly44.16USD
Gas, 1L2.04USD
Taxi, Start4.1USD
Taxi, 1km0.63USD
Taxi, 1hr wait22.08USD

Misc Expenses

Prepaid Mobile, 1min0.27USD
Internet, 6mbps, per month28.58USD
Levis Jeans103.09USD
Summer Dress, Zara/HM38.98USD
Nike Shoes93.76USD
Leather Shoes, Men94.32USD

Highlights of Portugal

Suggested itineraries for Portugal

The 2 Most Popular Cities in Portugal

Lisbon
For other places with the same name, see Lisbon (disambiguation).

Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa) is the capital of Portugal situated on seven hills at the wide mouth of the river Tagus (Tejo) where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. A port city, an economic centre, a cultural powerhouse and a thriving mix of Portugal's rich history and vivid contemporary culture, Lisbon enchants travellers with its white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy going charm that makes it a popular year round destination.

Lisbon is also the capital of the Lisbon Region, comprising many other splendid tourist destinations such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sintra, the seaside resorts of Estoril and Cascais, or Almada famous for its hilltop Cristo Rei statue, all of which are connected with Lisbon by excellent public transportation links.

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Lisbon by panoramio 1 By: panoramio
Porto

Porto is Portugal's second largest city and the capital of the Northern region.

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Porto by panoramio 2 By: panoramio