Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches: the Portugal experience can be many things. History, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning…
The climate in mainland Portugal varies from north to south and from coast to mountain. Tthe south, experiences Mediterranean weather with particularly mild winters and hot summers. Further north, the coast is warmed by the Gulf Stream, so winters are still mild and summers are warm. More inland summers are hotter but the winter temperature drops. In winter you can even find snow in Portugal.
In the Algarve summers are particularly dry and sunny with 12 hours of sunshine each day and an average maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius (82° Fahrenheit) and minimum of 20 degrees Celsius (68° Fahrenheit). Although temperatures in the north of Portugal are a little lower, there?s still around 11 hours of sunshine each day and the cool sea breeze makes it pleasant for a summer break.
VISA & PASSPORT
US citizens traveling to Portugal for tourism or business do not need a visa.
Legal residents in the United States may or may not need a visa depending on their country of citizenship. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.
Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Tap water is generally safe to drink, although most Portuguese prefer bottled water (it’s very inexpensive in supermarkets). Otherwise, just use common sense: wash and peel fruit and vegetables, and avoid eating snacks that appear to have been sitting in display cabinets for too long. Mosquitoes can be a menace in the summer, but mosquito-repellent lotion and coils are widely sold in supermarkets and pharmacies. Use a high-factor sunblock as the sun is extremely powerful.
You must carry identification at all times. Keep a photocopy of your passport in case of loss or seizure. Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure that your personal belongings and passport and other travel documents are secure at all times. Do not carry large sums of cash. If possible, carry only the documents, cash, and belongings you will need for the day, and leave all other items in a hotel safe.
If visiting in warmer months, pack light clothing that is breathable and comfortable. Shorts, t-shirts, single/vest tops, button-up sun-shirts, and sundresses are all appropriate. If you’re going out to a restaurant, you should dress smart-casual. If you’re visiting a coastal resort, dress is particularly casual and you should pack a sarong or other light clothing to get you to and from the beach.
The currency of Portugal is the euro (EUR). Credit cards are widely accepted and automated banking machines are widely available. Traveler’s checks are no longer commonly used but can be exchanged in local banks; a processing fee may be applied. The euro is the recommended currency for Traveler’s checks.
Restaurants: add a 10% tip to the bill in the more tourist areas, but check the bill because service may be included.
Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:
Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00
Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00
House Keepers: $ 2.00
Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage
Electrical Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Power sockets: type F