Visitors to this Mediterranean country are in for a treat. Portugal is home to beautiful, historic cities such as the capital Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra and Braga. It’s also a popular beach destination with delicious cuisine, including seafood, pasteles de nada (egg tarts) and more. Here are more top travel facts ahead of your trip:
  • Portugal is part of the 26-country Schengen Area. As such, if you have a Schengen Visa or the upcoming ETIAS visa waiver, you can visit this Southwest European country as well as any other Schengen state, such as nearby Spain or France.
  • Portugal is also part of the Eurozone. As such, the official currency of this nation is the euro (currency code: EUR), which you can also use in any of the other 18 Member States across Europe.
  • The official language of this country is, as you’d expect, Portuguese. In addition, though, it’s common to hear other languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, or German, while English serves as a touristic lingua franca.
  • This country has 3 international airports, in case you’re flying here. These are Lisbon Airport (Aeroporto Internacional Humberto Delgado), Porto Airport (Aeroporto Internacional Francisco Sá Carneiro) and Faro Airport (Aeroporto Internacional de Faro).
  • Portugal’s international dial code is +351. You may find this useful if you need to call a hotel or make any other reservation here, or even to call your friends and family ahead of your arrival.
  • Portugal’s coast is almost a single beach extending over 850 kilometres. So if you’re looking for sun, sand and surf, you’re coming to the right place!
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