By day Lisbon has a naive theatrical quality that enchants and captivates, but by night it is a fairy-tale city, descending over lighted terraces to the sea, like a woman in festive garments going down to meet her dark lover.

Erich Maria Remarque

General Information

  • Capital: Lisbon
  • Official Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro
  • Timezone: GMT
  • Calling code: +351

Why go to Portugal?

Portugal is one of the 20 most visited countries in the world. Famous for gastronomy, rich architecture, landscapes, beaches and super-friendly locals make the country a very attractive destination for holidays.

Beaches

With 850 km of coastline, from Minho to Algarve, passing through the centre, Lisbon and Alentejo, you will find beautiful beaches where you can spend pleasant moments, surfing or simply sunbathing.

Landscape

Portugal has a great diversity of landscapes: from the Lisbon belvederes to the wild coast horizons, there are many attractions that will fascinate you. Admire Portugal from the top of the cliffs, castles and mountains. Each region has a very distinct feel.

Historic sites

Portugal carefully keeps the treasures of its glorious past of eight centuries of history. Historical sights are dotted throughout its length and can be witnessed through the impressive castles, palaces, monasteries and cathedrals.

Airports

Portugal has 10 airports, divided between Continental Portugal and its islands. The main airports are in the capital Lisbon (Humberto Delgado Airport), in Porto (Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport – north of the country), in Faro (Airport of Faro – in the Algarve) and in Beja (Airport of Beja – Alentejo region).

In the islands there are airports in Madeira Island (Cristiano Ronaldo Airport), Porto Santo Island (Porto Santo Airport), Ponta Delgada (John Paul II Airport), Santa Maria (Santa Maria Airport), Faial Island (Horta Airport) and Flores (Flores Airport).

Popular Destinations

  • Lisbon
  • Algarve
  • Madeira
  • Porto
  • Alentejo

Top tourist attractions

  • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon
  • Oceanário de Lisboa, Lisbon
  • Palácio Nacional de Sintra, Lisbon Coast
  • Torre de Belém, Lisbon
  • Convento do Cristo, Tomar

Traditional Dishes

  • Bacalhau (cod)
  • Francesinha
  • Pastéis de nata

Book with us in Portugal

Portugal is a small country (only 10.3 million inhabitants) and it is possible to cross it by car. Driving along 500 km of Atlantic coastline with amazing landscapes sounds like a good idea! Plan your road trip, book your car in advance and make the most of your holidays. We compare car hire suppliers in Portugal and help you to find great deals.