Portugal is a country where the local culture and vibe will engulf you and transport you to a bubble where you are absolutely carefree.
There are certain tips you should take heed of while travelling to Portugal for the first time.
- When you are about to plan a vacation to Portugal, keep in mind the season you would want to visit in. The summer months on July and August are the hottest, busiest and most expensive. It would be better for you to visit during the fall seasons instead. It offers the perfect weather for you to fully enjoy your trip.
- Learn some simple Portuguese if you can be you are to visit. Sure, most people will understand English around the tourist areas but a thank you in the local language would definitely be appreciated.
- A tip for when you’re packing- ditch the high heels and fancy shoes. Portugal has cobblestoned streets almost everywhere you go. I doubt wobbling down these streets is something you would enjoy. Carry the most comfy shoes you can think of, also cause some areas are only accessible on foot.
- In terms of travel around the country, try and get a Tourist card like the Lisbon card or the Porto card. These cards can offer you some tourist discounts on public transport systems. Opt for public transport rather than taxis because they can be a bit on the pricier side.
- One activity that wouldn’t burn even the tiniest hole in your pocket is a visit to the museum. Most museums offer free entry. They can be a great way to spend one of your afternoons there. If you want to go for some pricier options, you could use a Portugal trip calculator to keep a track of all your expenses and help you stay within your budget.
- Eating out at restaurants can be a bit tricky. Most restaurants do not offer vegetarian options and even if the waiters say its vegetarian, it would be better if you rethink your choice.
Also, whenever you are dining out, you will be offered plates of breads and olives. However delicious they might be, keep in mind that they’re not free.
Best option in terms of dishes to order is anything among the array of fresh fish and seafood. You won’t be able to stop eating till you feel like your stomach is about to burst!
- Two other random tips are:
– Always wear sun cream and carry umbrellas or covers to protect you from the harsh rays of the sun.
– Put 112 on your speed dial. It is the “100” of Portugal.