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Best Places to Visit

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and the first taste of country that many travellers will have. Lisbon is wonderfully cosmopolitan, with some of the country's best culture, historic sites and nightlife. Whether it's roaming through the tangled maze of narrow streets at Alfama, visiting one of the city's several monuments such as the Belem Tower or appreciating the beauty of the Ajuda Botanical Gardens, Lisbon has something for everyone.

The former capital of Portugal, Coimbra, is the place to go for anyone wanting to soak up some culture. Located in the centre of the country, Coimbra is best known for its university town status. While it is home to one of the world's oldest universities (University of Coimbra), the city has several other attractions. With a plethora of museums and art galleries such as the Museum of Science and vibrant annual festivals, Coimbra should not be missed.

Known as the 'Museum City', Evora is a monument in itself. Filled with ancient Roman ruins, churches including the eerie Chapel of Bones and stunning examples of megalithic structures such as Almendres Cromlech, Evora should be at the top of any travel itinerary. Popular with students, Evora has a relaxed atmosphere, with students picnicking in parks and studying in cafes. Situated only a few kilometres outside of Lisbon, this charming town provides a calm break from the bustle of usual holidays to Portugal.

The 'Venice of Portugal', Aveiro is a gem on the northeast coast of the country. Half of the city is characterised by canals stemming from the Ria River and colourfully painted boats called moliceiros. Aside from the canals, the city's most obvious attraction, Aveiro is also home to some of the country's most gorgeous beaches. Costa Nova and Barra Beach in particular, offer idyllic views and delicious seafood.

For the best views of the historical city of Lisbon, travellers should pay a visit to St George's Castle. Located on the highest hill in the city, this castle which was once inhabited by 9th century Moors provides great insight into the country's complex history. Walk through the cobbled pathways, enjoy a quiet moment in the shaded courtyards or just take in the breath-taking views of the city below.

The Minho region is named after the river that separates it from neighbouring Spain. Packed with sky-scraping mountains, sites of historical interest, picturesque towns and sprawling vineyards, this region is almost Portugal in miniature, comprising most attractive qualities in one area.

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Need to know

Language

The official language in Portugal is European Portuguese. In several parts of the country, people speak regional dialects, including Baixo-Beir'o and Alentejano in the south, and Alto-Minhoto and Transmontano in the north. English is spoken in the large cities and the tourism industry. There are relatively few French, German and Italian speakers.

Currency

The currency of the Portugal is the euro, and the capital, Lisbon, has banks, money exchange shops and plenty of ATMs, with most offering instructions in English for tourists. However, outside the capital and tourist areas ATMs are rare. Credit and debit cards are accepted at most restaurants, petrol stations and large stores in Lisbon and other tourism hubs, but cash should be carried as well as small outlets and rural areas may not provide this service. However, for those uncomfortable with carrying large sums of money, there are official exchange kiosks across Portugal. These do carry a fee of 8 euros, no matter how much or how little you want to exchange. For lower fees, banks are a better option. Bank notes range from 5 to 50 euros while coins range from 1 to 50 cents. 1 and 2 euro coins are also accepted as legal tender. Travellers should note that most machines have a daily withdrawal limit of 200 euros. Most banks no longer offer a foreign exchange service. Hotels usually offer the worst rates.

Visas

Portugal is part of the European Union (EU) and is a signatory of the Schengen Agreement, in which 26 separate European Nations have opened their internal borders to other member nations. As a result, Portugal is open to citizens of all Schengen states. Citizens of EU countries which have not signed the agreement, including the UK, are also granted access to the country without a visa and for an unlimited period. However, it can still be worth carrying a passport, credit card and driving license in the event of needing to hire certain things, such as a rental car. Nationals of other countries should check with their nearest Portuguese embassy for visa requirements and costs.

Climate

Portugal boasts a warm, Mediterranean climate, with glorious summers and wetter winters. Similarly to Spanish coastal towns, most of Portugal benefits from a cooling sea breeze, making the 25°C summer highs incredibly pleasant.

Main Airports

Lisbon International Airport is the country's main gateway and hosts several international carriers, particularly from surrounding European countries. There are also international airports on the mainland in Porto and Faro, and on the islands of Madeira and Azores. Domestic connections can be made from any of these international ports to regional gateways.

Flight Options

Portugal's main carriers run direct flights from London-Gatwick and London-Heathrow to Lisbon, while other international carriers fly into the country as well. Budget airlines regularly operate flights between London airports and Faro, as well as Porto.

Travel Advice

Portugal is a top tourist destination and during the peak season, which usually coincides with summer in July, airfare prices soar. It is best to book both tickets and accommodation far in advance to avoid paying exorbitant amounts. Temperatures are highest in the summer, hovering around 30°C.

Other Transport Options

When travelling to Portugal from other countries in Europe, taking the train is a reliable and scenic option. There are lines between the Portuguese centres of Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Braga, and Madrid in Spain and Paris in France. UK visitors can connect with Paris from London via Eurostar.

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  1. Portugal is het oudste land van Europa, de grenzen werden in 1139 vastgesteld.
  2. De oudste boekhandel ter wereld is Livraria Bertrand, die in 1732 werd geopend in Lissabon.
  3. De Vasco da Gamabrug in Lissabon is met bijna 17 km een van de langste bruggen ter wereld.
  4. De Montado-regio is verantwoordelijk voor meer dan 50 procent van de kurkexport in de wereld.
  5. Portugal is het meest westelijke punt van Europa.
  6. De nationale drank van Portugal is port.
  7. Ongeveer 70 procent van de energie in Portugal komt uit duurzame bronnen.

Feiten

  1. Portugal is het oudste land van Europa, de grenzen werden in 1139 vastgesteld.
  2. De oudste boekhandel ter wereld is Livraria Bertrand, die in 1732 werd geopend in Lissabon.
  3. De Vasco da Gamabrug in Lissabon is met bijna 17 km een van de langste bruggen ter wereld.
  4. De Montado-regio is verantwoordelijk voor meer dan 50 procent van de kurkexport in de wereld.
  5. Portugal is het meest westelijke punt van Europa.
  6. De nationale drank van Portugal is port.
  7. Ongeveer 70 procent van de energie in Portugal komt uit duurzame bronnen.

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