It is hard to describe Portugal as it is extremely varied, outstandingly beautiful and full of contrast. It is full of history, but progressive, rural, but sophisticated, calm, but buzzing at the same time. Portugal will welcome you with open arms, warm hospitality and will plug you in with its lust for life.
From the cool and humid Northern regions through the hilly center down to the hot and sunny beaches of the Algarve, Portugals landscape is extremely varied and is waiting for you with unspoiled scenery, plenty of activities and culinary highlights.
Portugal counts 17 UNESCO listed world heritage sites, many of those can be found in the Lisbon and Porto areas. On top of that there is a long list of national monuments with a majority of those to be found in the Alentejo region, making the country a fantastic destination for anybody looking for history, tradition and excellent gastronomy.
OUR PORTUGAL ADVENTURES
WHEN TO GO
Even though the climate varies from North to South, the weather in Portugal is fairly mild throughout the year. Winters can be rainy and cool in the Northern regions while summers in central Portugal and the South can be very hot and dry, which is not for everybody. Spring and autumn would be the most pleasant time to travel with generally dry and fairly mild weather. Due to the Atlantic exposure you will always enjoy a mild to moderate breeze along the coastal areas.
WHAT TO BRING
If you are traveling over the winter months, you should pack some rain gear as strong and persistent showers move in from the Atlantic coast. Overall even the winters are fairly mild, so there is no need for proper winter clothes. The air needs time to heat up after winter though and winds coming from the sea can be strong and chilly, so make sure to bring a warm jumper for the evenings even in spring time as the nights can still be fairly cool everywhere.
HOW TO GET THERE
The biggest air traffic hubs areLisbon and Porto, both offering good international and direct connections with many airlines. If you are traveling in the South, Faro would also be an option when traveling from Europe with several low cost airlines flying here, though flights are less frequent over the winter and overseas access is difficult.
If you have a bit more time at hand and are looking for a more sustainable way to travel, you can travel within Europe and Portugal by train. The railway system is cheap and easy, offering good connections and scenic journeys all over Portugal.