According to allcountrylist, Portugal is a country in Europe bordering only Spain. Portugal’s territory also includes the Azores and the island of Madeira. Both areas form an autonomous region of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Portugal is Lisbon (Lisbon). A number of major cities in Portugal are: Villa Nova de Gaia, Porto, Amadora, Braga, Coimbra and Funchal.
Portugal is known for its hospitable people, port wine and beautiful nature. There are several national parks and there are the Azores. This is a group of 9 islands belonging to Portugal. However, these islands are located approximately 1400 kilometers from the mainland of Portugal, but they have a lot to offer. You will find botanical gardens, volcanoes and animals such as whales and dolphins. Portugal has a coastline of approximately 830 kilometers with many beautiful sandy beaches, seaside resorts and water sports facilities such as diving, surfing and sailing. In the winter you can practice various winter sports in the Serra da Estrela mountain area. Portuguese cuisine is often known for its fish dishes. Tourists often come to Portugal for the major cities (including Lisbon and Porto) and the Algarve. The Algarve consists of the southernmost part of Portugal, where several seaside resorts are located. See clothingexpress for travel destinations in Portugal.
Districts of Portugal:
Aveiro, Beja, Braga, Bragança, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Évora, Faro, Guarda, Leiria, Lisbon, Porto, Portalegre, Santarém, Setúbal, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real and Viseu.
Where is Portugal located?
Travel information of Portugal
Official name: Portuguese Republic
Area: 91,982 km²
Capital: Lisbon (Lisbon)
Country code: PT, PRT
Population: 10,302,674 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,993 m (Torre)
Distance (Amsterdam – Lisbon): 1,864 km
Flight time: approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Portugal that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Portugal, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Portugal. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Portugal?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Portugal at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Portugal has a temperate climate. The temperatures are around 15 degrees in the winter months and around 35 degrees in the summer months.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Portugal can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Portugal can be found at Climate info.
July and September are the best months to travel to Northern Portugal.
May, June, September and October are the best months to travel to central and southern Portugal.
In these months you have the best chance of pleasant temperatures and you also avoid mass tourism.
Portuguese is the official language in Portugal. Mirandese is also spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Portuguese for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy and Consulate in Portugal: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Portuguese Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Portuguese consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Portugal.
Money and Currency
In Portugal, payments are made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs in Portugal can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Portugal are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -32% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (49% cheaper), food (29% cheaper), imported beer in catering (42% cheaper), cigarettes (25% cheaper) and public transport (48% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Portugal it is customary to tip. With good service, people give a tip of approximately 10-15%, provided that no service costs have yet been included in the bill.
In Portugal it is 1 hour earlier than in the Netherlands.
Summer time in Portugal is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Portugal can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Portugal you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Portugal.
There are toll roads in Portugal. An overview of all toll roads in Portugal can be found on ANWB.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Portugal.
In Portugal the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Portugal can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Portugal can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Portugal can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Portugal end in.pt.
Official websites of Portugal: portugal.gov.pt and visitportugal.com.
The country code (international access number) to call someone in Portugal is 00351 or +351.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Portugal? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Phone numbers can be found in the Portugal Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Portugal.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Portugal.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Portugal.
Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Portugal can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Portugal in the Eurydice school guide.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Portugal, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travel report about Portugal?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Portugal. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Portugal can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Portugal can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Portugal? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and medicines, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Portugal, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Portugal, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Portugal? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the WilWeg.nl website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, accommodation, scholarships, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Portugal.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Portugal was the first world power?
…Portugal is the oldest country in Europe?
…Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe?
…Lisbon is older than Rome?
…Portugal was the first country to abolish slavery?
…The longest bridge in Europe is in Portugal (17 km)?