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Portugal shares the Iberian Peninsula with Spain and is one of the best value destinations on the Continent of Europe. It offers outstanding landscape diversity with its green mountains in the north, a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and wonderful beaches in the Algarve on the south coast, all to be enjoyed on a Portugal vacation. It is one of the warmest European countries as Portugal’s yearly temperature averages are always moderate.

Portugal Travel Information

Language of Portugal  

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese which is today one of the world's major languages, it is the language with the largest number of speakers in South America, spoken by almost all of Brazil's population. It is also the official language in Angola, Mozambique, and Macau. Although it may be mutually intelligible to the Spanish to a wide extent, it is far from identical.

Portuguese Food 

Portuguese cuisine evolved from hearty peasant food drawn from the land, the seafood of the country's abundant coast and the cows, pigs and goats raised on the limited grazing land of its interior. In most places, you will easily find fresh seafood such as lobster, mussels, sardines, oysters and clams. The drink of choice is wine. Red wine is the favourite among the locals, but white wine is also popular. Also, Portugal has a variety of white wine that is actually green (Vinho Verde). Port wine may be an aperitif or dessert.

Fado 

Fado is another expression of what it is to be Portuguese that has also been awarded World Heritage status. You can hear this music and song at night on a Portugal tour in a Fado house or in a traditional neighbourhood. It is a music genre that can be traced back to the 1820s in Lisbon  but probably has much earlier origins. Fado music is usually heard in pubs, cafes and restaurants. It can be described by using the Portuguese word “saudade”, which means “longing” and stands for a feeling of loss.Tthe music includes instruments like guitars and mandolins with one Fadista singing poetic lyrics related to the darker elements of love, death and sadness.

Portugal Travel Highlights

Lisbon

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon has experienced a new lease of life in recent years. Built on seven hills and situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that faces the ocean. It is a popular year-round destination. The city stretches along the northern bank of the river Tejo as it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. In the city centre, Lisbon's main street, the Avenida da Liberdade, is, a broad boulevard lined with leafy trees, upscale hotels and upmarket shops. The old districts of Mouraria and Alfama retain their charm with their winding alleys and azulejo-covered crumbling walls. To the west, is a hill which rises steeply into Bairro Alto (upper town). Still further west are the rapidly gentrifying former docks of Alcantara. 

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Porto

Porto, a World Heritage city, is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments such as the Cathedral and the Church of São Francisco and also modern buildings such as Casa da Musica. Coimbra is the third largest city in Portugal and is known for the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. There are many archaeological structures which date back to the Roman era here. Coimbra was the capital of Portugal from 1131 to 1255 and has evolved into a major cultural centre. The historical University buildings were classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The town of Sintra has been inhabited by man for a very long time.  Numerous archaeological remains, including prehistoric and historic remains, testify to its antiquity. The town is surrounded by pleasant woods and an extensive range of green hills picturesquely situated and offering excellent views of the coastline to be experienced on Portugal trips. It has been called “a garden of earthly paradise".

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Evora

On a Portugal vacation, Evora is a delightful city that is situated in the heart of the arid Alentejo region of central Portugal. Evora makes for a wonderful visit with its traditional heritage and an unhurried ambience. Historically, Evora was an important trading and religious centre and this is reflected in the many attractions discovered within the city walls. The Roman Temple in Evora here is one of the greatest and best preserved roman temples in the Iberian Peninsula. That is why it was considered World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986. Built in Corinthian style in early 1st century AD, it is located in the historical centre near the Evora Cathedral, The temp[e was built in honour of the roman goddess of the hunt.and was erected as part of the roman forum to pay tribute to Emperor Augustus.

Madeira

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean off the north coast of Africa is the island of Madeira, a haven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers together with the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation make it indeed an attractive destination. The springtime temperature which exists all year round allows for open-air activities which include diving, surfing, swimming with Dolphins, whale watching or simply strolling.  The city of Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city, well known for its many top class restaurants and stunning hotels.

Cascais and Estoril

Heading out of Lisbon on a Portugal vacation along the coastal road you will find beaches and beach resorts that combine villas and hotels from the beginning of the 20th century with marinas, terraces and excellent golf courses. These can be found in Cascais and Estoril.

Best places to visit on a Portugal Trip

Monasteries of Portugal

Alcobaca is a city in the Estremadura Province with its Monastery of Alcobaca, one of the most magnificent gothic monuments in the country. In the church are the tombs of Pedro I of Portugal and his murdered mistress Ines de Castro. Nearby is the Monastery of Batalha, another gothic building. 

Serra da Estrela 

Serra da Estrela, the highest peak in mainland Portugal, has endless landscapes and glacial lagoons.  It has a number of marked hiking trails which cover the whole of the National Park. 

The Algarve 

The Algarve is the stunning coastline of southern Portugal. Along the 160 kilometre/100 mile stretch of coastline are beautiful expanses of sand, rugged cliffs and hidden coves. The region is blessed with almost perfect weather. Each of the Algarve resort towns offers their own unique attractions but all provide great value and excellent facilities on a Portugal tour. Some of the major resorts are Albufeira, Faro, Portimao and Armacao de Pera. Golfing here is a very popular pastime.

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"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

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Explore Lisbon on a Portugal Vacation – One of Europe’s Most Underrated Capitals

Four Perfect Days in Lisbon on a Portugal Vacation

Charming Stops for Your Central Portugal Vacation

Consider a Portugal Vacation for Your Winter Getaway

Portugal: Top Highlights for a 10-Day Vacation

Portugal vs Spain: Which Country is Right for Your Western Europe Trip?

Choosing Your Perfect Snowbird Long Stay

Best Value Cities for Budget Travellers to Add to Their Europe Vacation

Experience Special Musical Venues on Your Europe Trip

Extend your Stay in Europe

Consider an additional stopover to your Portugal vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Portugal.

 

 

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  • Lisbon, Landscapes and Beaches: Alentejo to the Algarve

    MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Unlock the treasures of Portugal and discover modern cities, charming towns, historical sights and pristine beaches. Be captivated by Lisbon's vibrant lifestyle, discover the rolling hills and medieval towns in Alentejo and experience the relaxing, laid back vibes of Lagos in the Algarve.
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  • Explore Southern Portugal Self Drive

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: On this 8-day program, discover Portugal and the Algarve. Set your own pace and visit medieval cities, romantic palaces, UNESCO World Heritage sites, picturesque fishing villages, golden beaches and limestone cliffs. Stay in first class accommodations, including a 7-day car rental with insurance.
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  • Explore Northern Portugal Self Drive

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: On this 8-day self-drive program, discover the diversity of the north and centre of Portugal, from urban cities to mountains and green vineyards, from the land of Vinho verde and Port wine to the contrasting sea, historic monasteries, and academic universities. Stay in first class accommodations including a 7-day car rental with insurance.
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  • Hiking the Azores: Sao Miguel to Santa Maria

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Explore two islands in the Azores on a 6-day private hiking adventure! Discover the lush and diverse landscapes of the largest island, São Miguel and the southern island of Santa Maria. This program includes full and half day hiking experiences, traditional food and the beauty of natural surroundings.
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  • Eat + Drink Lisbon

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the sights, smells and tastes of exciting and historic Lisbon. Enjoy a small group walking excursion to one of Lisbon's oldest districts that includes tastings along the way, then take a cooking class to test your skills in the kitchen with a professional chef.
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  • Best of Portugal Escorted: Porto, Evora, Lagos & More

    FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: This tour takes you to the most important sights in Portugal. Start in Lisbon and drive north visiting Obidos, Fatima, Coimbra and Porto. Then, journey south to Evora and the iconic Algarve region. The best of Portugal all in one trip!
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  • Portugal Deluxe: Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Experience the best of Portugal from north to south on this journey to Porto, Lisbon, and the Algarve. Enjoy private guided tours in Porto and Lisbon to discover their history, cruise along the Douro River and enjoy a wine tasting. Finally, bask in the warm sunshine and sunny beaches of the nation’s south.
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  • Lisbon Signature

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Have an unforgettable time in Lisbon, the vibrant Portuguese capital. See an intimate side of the city with a private guide, then experience it at night, followed by a traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado show. Outside the capital, explore the romantic village of Sintra, medieval Obidos, and sacred Fatima.
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  • The One Palacio da Anunciada Lisbon: Stay of Distinction

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Explore the city of Lisbon at your own pace with privately-guided excursions while staying in deluxe accommodations at a Goway Stay of Distinction. Visit classic monuments, admire scenic vistas, and enjoy the laidback atmosphere of this captivating city. You’ll also visit the pilgrimage city of Fatima, see the waves of Nazare, and explore medieval Obidos.
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  • Iberian Inspiration: Madrid, Andalusia, Lisbon & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: This program takes you from the capital cities of Spain and Portugal, including cities in between like Toledo, Corboda, Seville, Granada and Estremoz. Steeped in history, discover magnificent architecture, try delicious food, and learn about Moorish influences. Your journey ends in Lisbon.
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  • Romantic Portugal: Douro, Algarve & Lisbon

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience luxurious hotels and unique experiences across Portugal on this romantic vacation. Discover the flavours of Port in the Douro Valley, swim off rocky beaches in between wellness treatments in the Algarve, and watch a Fado show and explore historical landmarks in Lisbon.
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  • Portugal to Spain River Cruise: Porto, Douro Valley, Salamanca & More

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Portugal may not be the first name you think of for a European cruise, but a journey up the Rio Douro might just change your mind. Set sail from Porto, travelling all the way up to Spain before returning.
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  • Algarve: Pinhal da Marina Long Stay

    FIRST-CLASS | LONG-STAY: This long stay program includes airfare from select North American gateways, 21 nights at the Pinhal da Marina in the Algarve. Enjoy all transfers and assistance from a destination representative, and first class accommodations in a one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchenette.
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  • Explore Northern Portugal with Air

    On this 9-Day air inclusive self drive program, discover the diversity of the north and center of Portugal. From urban cities, mountains and green vineyards, land of Vinho verde and Port wine, to the contrasting sea, historic monasteries and academic universities.
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  • Images of Portugal: Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL-GROUP: Discover the vibrant culture and history in some of Portugal’s most interesting cities and towns on a 7-day small group program. Travel with like-minded people as you enjoy the capital city, the famous University city of Coimbra, Porto and port wine tasting, plus a traditional Fado show and so much more!
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  • Pestana Palacio do Freixo Porto: Stay of Distinction

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Stay in deluxe accommodations and enjoy privately guided excursions through the capital of the north and it's surrounding regions. See medieval alleys and historic monuments in Porto's enchanting atmosphere. Then, visit the Minho region's most historic cities of Guimarães and Braga.
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  • Porto and Enticing Douro by River Cruise: 10 Days Porto to Porto

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Spend 10 days exploring the charming region of the Douro River Valley, one of Europe's most unspoiled regions and Port country on an idyllic river cruise. Start in Porto, the beautiful City of Bridges, then embark on a 7-night AMA Waterways River Cruise as you taste historic wines and soak up beautiful landscapes.
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  • Discover Portugal: Lisbon to Porto

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: This Portugal tour sets out from Lisbon, embarking on a weeklong journey covering the country’s best sites, including UNESCO World Heritage icons, beautiful and tasty wine regions, and splendid Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Travel with like-minded people and enjoy this small group tour.
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  • The North of Portugal: Fatima, Porto & Urgeirica

    MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: On this program you will travel through the diverse and beautiful cities of northern Portugal. Some of the highlights include Obidos, UNESCO monuments in Batalha and Alcobaca, Coimbra University, Porto and the Douro River, the Order of Templars in Tomar and so much more!
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  • Algarve: Alfagar Alto Da Colina Long Stay including Air

    FIRST CLASS | LONG STAY: Enjoy first class accommodations with a fully equipped one-bedroom apartment in southern Portugal. Enjoy the old town with pretty cobbled streets lined with restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, lively nightlife and beautiful sandy beaches. Perfect for families, couples, singles of all ages, the Algarve offers something for everyone.
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    23 Days
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  • Algarve: Topazio Mar Beach Long Stay including Air

    MODERATE | LONG-STAY: Relax in the centre of the Algarve on this 23-day long stay in Portugal, including roundtrip airfare. Stay in a fully-equipped, first-class apartment and enjoy the old town, the lively nightlife, and the easy access to beaches. This long stay is perfect for families, couples, and singles of all ages.
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    23 Days
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  • Discover Lisbon

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Stay in moderate accommodations as you explore the world-class capital of Portugal. Tour the city to learn about its role in the Age of Discovery and see its most popular monuments, like Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. You’ll also visit nearby Sintra to see the strikingly-yellow Pena Palace.
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    4 Days
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  • Discover Porto

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Enjoy the highlights of Porto as you stay in comfortable moderate accommodations and see the main points of interest on fascinating shared excursions. Explore the streets of the historic centre and enjoy a panoramic cruise of the Douro Valley and Port Wine tasting.
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    4 Days
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  • Eat + Drink Porto

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover real food, real people and real passion in Porto. Stay in first class accommodations, enjoy a tour of the historic centre, visit local highlights and enjoy food and wine tastings. Then, head to Portugal's largest wine producing region, Vinho Verdo, for tastings with lunch included.
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  • Highlights of Lisbon

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Be captivated by the charm and history of Lisbon while staying in first-class accommodations on this city stay in the Portuguese capital. Marvel at Belem Tower, learn about the history of Europe’s greatest explorers, and discover medieval palaces and the soulful sounds of Fado on this unforgettable city stay.
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