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Your full Wanderlust guide to travel in Portugal

With its culture-brimming cities, wild coastline and rich history, Portugal offers travel experiences to suit almost everyone. Here is how best to discover it…

Portugal vital statistics

  • Capital city: Lisbon
  • Population: 10.28 million
  • Money: Euro
  • Int dialing code: +351
  • Languages: Portuguese
  • Visas: Not required for UK nationals
  • Voltage: 230V
  • Time: +1 GMT

When to go to Portugal

When to go to Portugal depends on where abouts you are going. Cities such as Lisbon and Porto are great all year round. The Alentejo can get uncomfortably hot in summer so it is best to go in spring and autumn. Spring and autumn are also a great time for exploring the Algarve and birdwatchers should visit the Algarve in winter. The far north should be avoided in winter.

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Exploring Portugal's islands

  1. Adventurers should walk the Serra d’Arga to enjoy wild ponies, ancient sites and rugged landscapes without the crowds.
  2. Head to the Moorish Alfama quarter to see the most picturesque part of Lisbon.
  3. Birdwatchers should visit the Algarve during winter.

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