Portugal at a Glance
Best Time to Visit
Modes of Transportation
Must-See Destinations in Portugal
We have worked with our Portugal travel experts to provide you with travel recommendations for any length of trip. Below is a specially chosen list of the best places to visit in Portugal along with some of the things to do while there.
Lisbon | Porto | Algarve | Alentejo | Vinho Verde | Peneda-Geres National Park | Óbidos | Aveiro
- Discover the remarkable history of Lisbon with guided tours through the antique neighborhoods
- Indulge in the authentic cuisine of Portugal to find traditional recipes in preserved ambiances
- Explore the fabulous museum galleries to find extensive gardens at Serralves
- Witness the iconic marvels of Porto when wandering the cobbled lanes along the riverbanks
- Delight in gorgeous views across Coimbra at Penedo da Saudade
- Bask in the remarkable culture of Coimbra during a visit to Portugal’s oldest university
Best Time to Visit
Best Time to Visit Portugal
The best time to visit Portugal is between April and May and again in October. These months represent mild weather around spring, the edge of summer, and fall. During April, May, and October, Portugal also sees smaller crowds.
June, July, and September are very busy in Portugal because of an influx of cruise ships in Lisbon and around the Algarve. The summer has the best weather for the beaches at the Algarve but also sees the largest crowds.
The climate varies across Portugal with the southern, central, and northern regions possessing different climates. However, outside of summer and edging into the beginning of fall, the Algarve is too cold for beach days.
Modes of Transportation
Modes of Transportation in Portugal
The best way to see Portugal is by private transfer. A car is considered a Portuguese’s second home. While trains are available in Portugal, they do not provide the same freedom when traveling across the country and can also cause unintended restrictions. A private transfer understands many different aspects of Portugal, from the roads to the driving culture, and often also knows the history, heritage, and culture of the towns and villages you can visit. Private drivers offer friendly service and have experience with the best restaurants, specialty shops, and local information that is often unknown to other travelers.
Trains do exist in Portugal and can easily ferry you between popular destinations, such as from Lisbon to Algarve and from Lisbon to Porto. Other than traveling to these main destinations, the trains do not travel consistently or quickly to other smaller cities and do not travel to towns in the countryside. Instead, villages, towns, cities, and monuments outside of the mainstays of Porto, Lisbon, and Algarve are best-reached by car.
Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics are as smooth as possible by including private transfers between destinations to create your ultimate stress-free Portugal tour.
What to Consider When Traveling Through Portugal
When traveling on a Portugal tour, safety, travel logistics, and accessibility are always a consideration. The following information offers important considerations when traveling to Portugal.
Is Portugal Safe for Travel?
Portugal is an extremely safe country for travelers. Petty theft, such as pickpocketing, can occur when visiting crowded tourist areas, but your overall safety is never a concern. Portugal does have a reputation for getting rowdy during soccer matches but is otherwise quiet, safe, and easy to navigate.
Which airports should I be looking at?
For most travelers, the most convenient airport in Portugal is Lisbon. The top three airports in Portugal are:
- Lisbon (LIS)
- Porto (OPO)
- Faro (FAO)
Can Zicasso help me with flights?
Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.
Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?
You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.