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Portugal Travel Guide

Portugal FAQ

What do I need to do before travelling?

We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for Portugal before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.

What are the visa requirements?

UK citizens will not require a visa for visits of less than three months, however your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. 

What is the currency in Portugal?

The official currency of Portugal is the Euro. Be advised that credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Will I need to bring an adaptor?

Portugal uses the round, two-pin style plugs and electrical outlets, so a power adaptor will be required. 

What is the language in Portugal?

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. 

Are there any customs or public holidays I should be aware of?

In Portugal you must produce some form of identification if asked by the police or judicial authorities. In most cases, a photocopy of your passport will be sufficient, but you may be asked to produce the original document.

Is Portugal safe?

Crime rates in Portugal are generally low, however pickpocketing, bag snatching and theft from holiday properties and cars are more common in the major tourist areas; be vigilant about safeguarding your belongings, and beware of thieves using distraction techniques. Avoid leaving items unattended in a car where possible.

What is the cuisine like?

Portugal has a rich culinary heritage, with dishes usually made from simple ingredients and regional produce. Dishes are characterised by their use of a wide variety of spices, including piri piri (the staple of Portugal’s famous piri piri chicken), pepper, ginger, saffron and coriander. Seafood plays a prominent part in the Portuguese diet, and salt cod (which can be cooked in a variety of different ways) is a national staple. 

What nightlife is available?

Certain areas of Portugal boast a very lively after-dark scene, namely Algarve, Albuferia and the buzzing capital of Lisbon. Boasting a vibrant mix of bars, live music venues, nightclubs and regular beach parties, there are plenty of options to suit any mood. 

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