Portugal overview

With numerous fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites and gorgeous beaches, it is rather difficult to know where to start describing Portugal. People planning to visit Portugal for a short time often decide to stay longer once they’ve reached their destination, as the historic ruins, fully-facilitated beach resorts, serene fishing villages and windswept coastlines simply need more time to explore. Portugal’s climate alone with lots of sunshine and blue skies, will probably put a smile on most visitors’ faces, not to mention the wheat fields, olive groves and vineyards.

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and draws the majority of visitors to the country, with other towns and regions remaining largely unknown to tourists. The Portuguese countryside is home to many sights, not solely through its untamed hills and tranquil beaches, but colourful cultural traditions, mouth-watering cuisine and hospitable people. Numerous travellers might not know that both Madeira and the Azores islands belong to Portugal and well worth visiting.

The Tower, Lisbon, Portugal

The Tower, Lisbon, Portugal

One of the most favoured tourist destinations in Portugal is the famous Algarve. The Algarve area is popular due to its extensive selection of fabulous beaches interspersed with sandbanks, a rocky coastline and mud flats. Nicknamed ‘Portugal’s Venice’, Aveiro is an appealing fishing port, which is surrounded by lagoons, beaches, a network of canals and salt flats.


Portugal doesn’t receive huge crowds of beach-goers and tourists like neighbouring Spain. Throughout the year travellers shouldn’t experience difficulties finding suitable and affordable holiday accommodation in Portugal. Especially the Algarve and Lisbon boast a wide range of decent hotels, guesthouses, resorts and bed and breakfasts. The countryside as well offers numerous lodging establishments.

Portugal Airports

Lisbon Portela International Airport (LIS) receives many international flights and provides Portugal’s main gateway. This busy international airport is located within the capital city of Lisbon. There’s also the option to reach Portugal from Paris and Madrid via railway. The public transportation network in Portugal offers efficient and reliable services. Cheap car hire is popular as well as travellers will have more flexibility to discover areas further afield.