The Most Complete Guide of Portugal
The country of Portugal is located on the western side of Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula.
It has only the country of Spain as a neighbour, and even if these two countries are so close, sharing the same peninsula, they are very different in culture and costumes.
Portugal has the Atlantic Ocean on two sides. It is a country loved by surfers who spend their holidays riding waves and enjoying everything this beautiful country offers.
Portugal has beautiful beaches, a suggestive hiking trail where you can spend days walking along the breathtaking rocky coast, delicious food like salt cod, grilled sardines, some of the typical dishes, incredible wine, and fantastic cities and towns.
It is a very famous country among Europeans, that love its climate, lovely people, delicious food and cheaper prices compare to the rest of Europe.
Many pensioners moved to this country for the quality of life and the cheaper costs.
It can be a very good destination for a budget trip.
I have been to Lisbon for a weekend many years ago so I have to go back to write about it, but I have been to the beautiful island of Madeira after I started this travel blog so you are gonna find only articles about Madeira.
But I promise, I will go to Portugal and explore it properly, to make sure o give you ll the information you need to organise a wonderful travel.
Have a look at my article Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Portugal where I listed absolutely all the tips and information you need to make your holiday in Mykonos a great success.
It depends on the purpose of your travel.
If you want to visit Portugal to spend time at the beach and swim in the ocean, the best months are from June to September when the water is warmer (don't forget that it is still the ocean, so it is not going to be friendly as the Mediterranean Sea.
If you want to visit it to spend all your time surfing, if you are an experienced surfer, the best period is from October to April.
During these months, swells are more powerful, and waves can be between 2 to 4.5 meters (6-15 feet), so not for beginners.
If planning a holiday concentrated on hiking, the best period goes from March to May, when the country is booming, or if you prefer autumn colours, also September and October are nice and warm.
To visit the cities is all up to you.
Many people prefer summer because it is hotter but more expensive, spring and autumn are cheaper and still warm, while winter is cold but crazy affordable.
Important Basic Knowledge
Currency: The currency is Euro
Language: the primary language spoken is Portuguese
Credit Cards and ATM: Atm and card payment are available almost everywhere. Only in the market stalls cash are required.
Plugs and Voltage: The plugs in Portugal are Type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Portugal is pretty safe but like in every tourist area I advise to carry an antitheft purse or backpack.
Costs: there are plenty of local restaurants where to enjoy a delicious meal as locals do at the cost of 10/15 euro with a drink.
Wifi: is available in many bars and restaurants and of course in every hotel.
Time Zone: Portugal lies in the Western European Time Zone, which is the same time as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +0).