Portugal Travel Guide

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A perfect vacation to Portugal starts with knowing your preferences and what you want to see.

Whether you are a wine enthusiast, a seeker of local culture, nature lover, or a history buff, Portugal has amazing options for everyone. Read the Portugal Travel Guide for pivotal information and inspiration to get your trip planning process started right.

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Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal
Best Time to Visit Portugal
The best time to visit Portugal is from May to June and September to October. Portugal is serene and lively, with captivating cities, exceptional scenery, and diverse traditions, all influenced by the...
Porto, Portugal
8 Best Places to Visit in Portugal
Whether weaving through Lisbon by tram with a warm pasteis de nata in hand or sipping traditional Port in Porto, discover the best places to visit in Portugal and what makes them must-visit vacation...
Sailing the beautiful blue bay near Lagos, in the Algarve region in Portugal
Top 8 Things to Do in Portugal
With so many spectacular highlights, Portugal is often so much more than most travelers expect with so much to see and do. The diverse landscape stretches from the Atlantic coast to rocky mountain ranges,...
Panorama of the hilltop town of Obidos surrounded by medieval wall
How to Plan a Trip to Portugal: Frequently Asked Questions
Portugal is a land of cobblestone villages, medieval castles, golden beaches, and emerald vineyards, and these are the most frequently asked questions from travelers eager to experience the country’s...
Lisbon train station, Portugal
How to Get Around Portugal: Best Transportation for Travelers
Portugal is not a large country, so it is easy to travel from the mountains to the sea, the northern Spanish border to the distant southern coastline. Transportation in Portugal can be great fun, especially...
Douro River Valley, Portugal
Top 6 Reasons to Visit Portugal on Vacation
The top reasons to visit Portugal take you beyond remarkable diversity to immerse you in a country emerging into the spotlight. With historic cities, exceptional cuisine, natural grandeur, and an inextricable...
Beautiful beach with colorful boats in Carvoeiro in the Algarve region of  Portugal
Our 10 Best Portugal Itineraries
Bask in the sun setting over the Atlantic, embrace golden beaches bathed in Iberian light, and indulge in celebrated wine and cuisine with our best Portugal itineraries. Portugal is admired for its colorful...
Vineyards in the Douro Valley wine region of Portugal
7 Best Wine Regions in Portugal
The best wine regions in Portugal share the character and charisma of the country by revealing flavorful diversity in every bottle. With vines rolling across hillsides that are cast in the shadows of...
Female tourist enjoying hot springs pool at Poca da Dona Beija on Sāo Miguel, Azores
Top 6 Things to Do in the Azores
The top six things to do in the Azores offer a stunning mixture of culture and natural scenery, demonstrating the diversity of the Portuguese archipelago. The Azores invites you to bask in the sunshine,...
11 Best Castles in Portugal

From remarkable architecture to historical treasures, the best castles in Portugal capture the character of each town and reflect the cultural changes brought by time.

From fairytale designs to colorful facades, rugged defenses to timeless histories rising over the plains or towering over the riverbanks, the best Portugal castles make the stories of the past tangible and serve as monuments to a different age.

With stories of conquest and invasion, when visiting Portuguese castles you have the chance to step into the storybook and discover where fascinating landscapes and heritage meet.

Portugal in Winter: Where to Go, What to Do, the Weather & More

Portugal in winter, in contrast to some of its Mediterranean neighbors, offers plenty of sunshine and fewer crowds, and our ideas of the best places to visit, top experiences to have, and weather to expect can help you experience the best of the season.

From tours of the country in December to vacation ideas for Lisbon, you can take advantage of Portugal’s average of over 300 days of sunshine, despite the winter season bringing cold and snowy conditions to other European countries.

Whether enjoying the unusual pleasure of beach days in winter or touring Portugal’s top landmarks and historical sites, our recommendations can ensure you experience the best of the winter sun there.

How to Plan Your Zicasso Trip Budget in 3 Easy Steps

Knowing your budget is an essential component of any trip planning process. Whether the sky's the limit or you have specific parameters, Zicasso is here to help you set your priorities in planning to maximize your investment.

Your interests and preferences on a couples trip will differ from a family-friendly vacation, while a highlights tour will result in wildly different experiences than one designed to take you off the beaten path.

There are three steps in considering the costs of your trip, as a customized vacation that has been designed for you allows maximum flexibility with your spending.

How to Plan Your Zicasso Trip in 4 Easy Steps

Explore the world with Zicasso and work with a top travel specialist to bring your dream vacation to life. The world overflows with wonders to explore and the sheer number of choices is exciting.

Our primary goal is to make the planning, booking, and traveling process easy and enjoyable as you create the vacation experience you want most. No matter where you go and what you do, Zicasso can help you experience the best of travel without the stress.

Working with our destination experts you can plan a trip to anywhere in the world and suit your travel style. Using insider knowledge of your chosen destination, itinerary ideas, and planning strategies, your chosen  Zicasso travel specialist can guide you through the following three steps.


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