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Portugal's diverse landscape encompasses medieval fortresses, quaint towns with cobblestone streets, attractive cities, and beautiful beaches. Discover its long history as this Iberian nation was impacted by the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Christians, among others. Enjoy their simple, delectable meals and don't forget the hype from its festivals as Portugal's calendar is full of it.

Destination in a Nutshell

92,212 km²


10.31 million




Quick Facts

  • Portugal is the oldest country in Europe.

  • The world’s oldest book store is in Lisbon.

  • Seventeen UNESCO world heritage sites are in Portugal, all except one is cultural sites.

  • Home to one of the world's top surf spots.

  • Currency: Euro

  • Language: Portuguese and Miranda do Douro

  • Time zone: GMT +1

Best Time to Visit:

Shoulder Season: April to June and September to November
  • There are many exciting festivals in June and these months are best for outdoor exploration.

  • The rates and crowds are average, but the ocean is colder.

High Season: July and August
  • If you enjoy the heat, these months are the perfect months to go as it is Portugal's hottest month. Ocean temperatures will be warmer in the Algarve if you're looking to go on a beach vacation.

  • However, expect large crowds in seaside vacation regions and the cost of accommodations may rise by 30%.

Low Season: June to August
  • The days are shorter and rainier with higher elevations sees freezing temperatures. Also, it's the best time for surfers as the ocean is cold but there are big waves.

  • Although there are fewer people and lower prices, many beachside hotels close for the winter and operate reduced hours.


All of our programs can also be tailored to match your needs and preferences.

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