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What to expect from Portugal?

Portugal is a combination of medieval heritage, vineyards, beautiful natural reserves, fado music, tiles decorating entire cities, welcoming people, and incredible coastal landscapes. It is often considered Spain’s little brother, but the reality is that Portugal is way different from its neighbor country and offers travelers a more peaceful atmosphere and incredibly cheap food!

It is not casual that Portugal makes travelers want to extend their stay in the country. Its modern cities of Lisbon and Porto attract a significant amount of digital nomads. Adventures and camper van owners choose the Algarve every year to chill and practice water sports. Nazaré holds prime-class waves every year that gather surfers coming from all around the world.

Portuguese vineyards are famous to produce one of the top ten best wines on our planet and if this all is not enough, wait to be serenaded with a fado at a local bar while having the best food. You will have second thoughts about taking that flight back to your country!

Things to See and Do in Portugal

Beach hoping in the Algarve
Get lost in the Alfama borough
Spend a weekend in a vineyard
Visit the medieval city of Évora
Watch the sunset in Cabo São Vicente
Discover the Azores Islands
Listen to Fado music in Porto
Eat all the fruits in Madeira
Feel the magic of Sintra

“Praia de São Rafael – Albufeira, Algarve

“Cultural Centre António Aleixo, Vila Real de Santo António”

Typical Costs When Traveling to Portugal

Accommodation – Portugal offers many accommodation options. It also has very shaped travel seasons. Price can differ depending on the season but expect an average of 15 EUR / 17 USD per night.

Food – The average for a meal in a restaurant can be around 10 – 12 EUR / 12 – 14 USD.

Transportation – Public transportation can cost from 1.50 EUR / 1.80 USD for a one-way ticket on a bus, tram, or subway and up to 10 EUR / 12 USD for a 24h pass.

Suggested daily budget – 30 EUR / 34 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a standard hotel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

Money Saving Tips

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Get the menu of the day Similarly to Spain, you can find a daily meal in many restaurants. This is normally a very tasty and fulfilling menu that will save you some money!
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Use public transportation Public means of transport might be a bit old but they work well and are safe too.
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Book activities and train tickets in advance This is a great way to save money while traveling in Portugal. There are many deals on the internet to get cheaper prices for your train tickets and some activities and museums.
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Camping is the way to go When visiting cities outside Lisbon and Porto, you will find many camping options. This is a very cheap way to travel around the country and also a safe one.

My Must Have Guides For Traveling in Portugal

These guides can help you plan your trip

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What I’ve seen so far

I have been to Portugal a few times now. Most of my trips have been to the Algarve area, but I have also traveled and camped throughout the center of the country on a road trip with my Portuguese friends! Although I haven’t visited yet any of the main Atlantic Coast cities (Lisbon and Porto), I have managed to get to know well all the main cities in Southern Portugal. These are Albufeira, Faro, Lagos, Tavira & Sagres. I have also visited a far amount of small beautiful Portuguese towns.

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Are you planning on visiting Portugal? Feel free to send me an email and I will help you to plan your trip using all the resources I know!

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