Our TRAVEL ROUTE
I am going to start by warning you that there will be one line you will see written numerous times throughout our Portuguese travel pages, and that is how in love we are with Portugal.
We have been fortunate to visit both of Portugal's major cities, Porto and Lisbon, on two different occasions and staying 4-5 days at each destination. Both stays included a day trip outside of the cities to help cement Portugal's brilliance away from the hustle and bustle.
This travel friendly country can be explored by foot, bike, bus, train and even surfboard. From the world famous Port wine produced in Douro Valley, to the beautiful renowned beaches, the fresh cuisine, pastel de nata's and most importantly the friendly locals; there is just so much to experience here in Portugal. This is only just touching the surface as to why we can't get enough of this amazing country. I truly hope you will be inspired to visit after looking at our Portuguese pages and blogs.
THE NEED TO KNOWS
Portuguese (not Spanish) - There are many Spanish words within the Portuguese language, but be careful as speaking the language is very different. It is said that the Portuguese can understand Spanish, but the Spanish can not always understand Portuguese. Do not let this fool you into believing you can get by speaking Spanish to the locals, they will most likely ignore you or at the very least be less than impressed.
You can easily get by with English in the major cities and dabble in a bit of Portuguese which the locals will love you for.
Thank you Obrigado (said by a male)
Obrigada (said by a female)
Excuse me Desculpe
Please Por favor
Best time to visit
Summer in Portugal is June - August which is the most beautiful time to enjoy the beaches and sun but can be tourist heavy.
September - November is Autumn and while slightly cooler it is still very much enjoyable and less tourist busy. We went in Autumn on both occasions.
If visiting Porto, purchase a Porto card on your first day or before you travel for discounts on major attractions plus free travel on the metro service and free entry into 6 museums.
If visiting Lisbon, purchase a Lisboa card for free travel, free entry into 35 attractions/museums and discounts on local services.