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What language is spoken in Portugal?

Portuguese is the main and national language spoken in Portugal. However, many locals have also adapted to speaking English, Spanish and French. 

What currency is used in Portugal?

Euro (EUR) is the main currency used in Portugal. Visa and Mastercard credit cards are also accepted however it is recommended to call ahead and advise the credit card company of travel plans to avoid hassle while on vacation.

Do I need a visa to travel to Portugal?

Canadian and American citizens do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days.

When is the best time to travel to Portugal?

Different cities and regions in Portugal are popular at various times of the year. For those who are looking to visit the main cities such as Lisbon and Porto, May to August is ideal. These cities can be very busy with tourists during the later summer months and the weather can be hotter as well. Crowds are less in the Spring and Fall months. If you are interested in visiting Portugal's wine country, April to June or September to October is recommended. The weather is pleasant allowing for picturesque sceneries and enjoyable temperatures to visit wineries. During the North American winter months, clients often will visit the Algarve region in the South of Portugal. The weather during this time in this area is pleasant and much warmer than the North American winter season making it the perfect escape for snowbirds. They enjoy taking advantage of the long stay programs that are offered in the Algarve. 

How is the transportation within Portugal?

Travel by train, buses, taxis, trams, and planes is widely available throughout Portugal. For some clients who want to travel to the areas of Portugal where the main transportation does not reach, they can easily rent a car and do a self-drive. Driving is done on the right side in Portugal and North American tourists who wish to drive must possess an international driver's license. Lisbon, Porta, Algarve and Coimbra are the only cities in Portugal that offer Uber transportation services. When visiting the cities of Porto, Lisbon, Sintra or Coimbra, it is highly recommended to take a tram ride as a quintessential experience of Portugal. 

Is Portugal a family-friendly destination?

Portugal is most certainly a family-friendly destination. Families with young children can always take advantage of the extensive coastlines and many beaches. Families with adult children often opt to visit the wine region.


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