The Main Things You Should Know About Portugal

Once a land of travelers and explorers, today Portugal is a country stunning with its exclusive cities, warm atmosphere, and wide range of active leisure opportunities. Gothic cathedrals, cobbled streets of the old towns, and colorful houses vibrating to the rhythm of fado music allow you to experience the true dizziness of traveling. Portugal is now often undeservedly bypassed by travelers. However, it is rich in cultural and historical values, ancient cities, and beautiful beaches where you can taste the famous Port wine and enjoy the sunny weather. So, some things to know for anyone who wants to visit this country.

The Main Things You Should Know About Portugal
The Main Things You Should Know About Portugal

Climate

Portugal is in a subtropical climate zone characterized by 2 seasons. The climate is maritime affected by the Atlantic Ocean and warm air flows coming from Africa. Summer is hot and dry here, and the rainy season begins in winter. However, Portugal is one of the driest countries in Europe with low level of humidity. Northern Portugal is slightly colder and rains more often in this part, while an average annual temperature is about 13 degrees. The southern part of the country is drier and warmer with an average annual temperature of 18 degrees. In September and October, the daily temperature rises to 22-26 degrees and the ocean to 19-21 degrees.

Accommodation

In Portugal, accommodation in a modern, high-class hotel with great panoramic view and a water entertainment complex costs from €90 to €180 per night. In the lower-class neat and cozy hotels, the average price of accommodation starts at €55. Those who are looking for a more economical accommodation option can stay in a guest house where the room costs about €20 per night. Those who are traveling in a larger group can rent an entire house or a multi-room apartment for €110 per day. Keep in mind that Portuguese people tend to negotiate, so for longer stays, it is certainly possible to negotiate a rental price. On the Atlantic coast, prices are slightly higher as there are many luxury holiday complexes offering an exclusive cocktail of hot sun, ocean, and active entertainment. The Airbnb apartment rental system is also widespread in this country, so do not miss out and take the time to look for the best deal.

Transport

Portugal has a train network, but it is not very developed and is a bit more expensive than traveling by bus. The supply of bus directions is much wider, and the price is slightly lower. Lisbon and Porto have a modern metro system that allows you to move around the city quickly. A popular way to travel short distances is by bike. There are also buses and taxis in the cities, so there will be no problems getting from one place to another. Some of the main roads in Portugal are tolled, so be prepared to spend extra money if you are traveling by car. The main public transport in the major cities is buses and the metro. Buses start at 5 a.m. and run until 2 a.m. The metro runs until 11 p.m. Public transport tickets can be bought at the station or at special kiosks.

Transport
Transport

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