Portugal – Lisbon at Twilight
Portugal is a small country that has a lot to offer. It is one of the most spectacular European destinations and delivers beauty, adventure, and charm all at a price that is right. The people are friendly, the culture is rich, and there is plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself for a full and memorable experience. Be sure to follow to remember this 12 Tips For Visiting Portugal to ensure a wonderful and memorable holiday.
I am sure that you probably have already heard about pastéis de nata (custard tarts). This out of the world pastry is something you want to – need to – must try and better sooner than later. You will be oh so thankful you did.
Portugal-Delicious, Creamy, Custard Tart
However, Portugal is known for more than custard tarts; the country is full of bakeries. In fact, they are so numerous that many streets are full of the tempting scents of delicious fresh pastries and bread.
Portugal – Fresh Baked Bread
The sweet aroma calls you to indulge in a little guilty pleasure. Of course, you must give in. After all, you are in Portugal!
Portugal – Wine Time
Portugal is also known for wine and Fado music. Make sure you take the time to relish a relaxing evening filled with both of them. Slow down, mingle with the locals, and enjoy the sensual sounds of modern Fado. If you are near Lisbon, go to “Adega Machado” in Bairro Alto. By the way, the music is great but the food is only so-so.
Portugal – Such Friendly People
The Portuguese are easy-going, kind, and generous. This is even more evident the further north you travel. They will buy you a drink, chat the night away, and sometimes invite you to dinner. All of this is part of the charm of Portugal. Take the time to enjoy it. It is hard not to feel at home in Portugal.
Portugal – Delicious Seafood Entrees
Portugal is known to have some of the best seafood in the world. It’s fresh, delicious, and is served in a wide variety of tasty dishes. Make sure to try the Carne de Porco à Alentejana (pork with clams).
Portugal – Book Shop
Portugal is one of the few countries that you can still find authentic restaurants and shops. Make sure you take the time to talk with locals and find out their favorite hot spots off the touristy grid.
Portugal – Spectacular Ocean Views
Portugal’s busiest travel season is summertime. This is also the hottest and most expensive time. If at all possible, do not visit in the months of July and August. My personal favorite time is September and October. The ocean temps are at their warmest and the air temps are quite mild. If you do visit in autumn, go to the Douro vineyards. The wines are wonderful, the people are friendly, and you can even join in with the harvest at many estates.
Portugal-Douro vineyards in Autumn
Portugal – Vineyards In the Autumn
As in many European countries, it is customary for restaurants to bring bread or mini appetizers to your table before serving entrees. However, please be aware that these are not complimentary; there is a cost.
If you do not want them, politely let the waiter know that it is unnecessary so that you will not be charged. Don’t be too overly concern; usually the starters are fairly cheap
Tipping at restaurants and hotels is expected in Portugal. The normal rate is 10% at sit down restaurants and 1-2 euros per bellhop or maid service.
Portugal – Nightlife
Portugal is a country in which people stay up longer in the evenings and sleep much later in the mornings. Therefore dinner is usually enjoyed later as well. Most restaurants do not open in the evening until 7:00 and often they don’t get crowded until 8:00 or 9:00. Likewise, most entertainment starts later too. It is not unusual for a concert or play to begin at 9:00 or 9:30 p.m. If this is out of your norm, you might find a little confusing and frustrating. It is important to keep calm, be patient, and plan accordingly.
Visit the Market
If you are on a budget, then choose to have your main meal at lunchtime. A three-course meal with wine and coffee can easily be found for €10-12. You can also save money by drinking coffee, beer, or wine while standing at the counter instead of sitting.
Portugal – Soup and Bread
The Portuguese are known to love soup and it is the first course to many meals. The most well-known soups are most likely Sopa Alentejana made with garlic, cilantro, eggs, and bread and Caldo Verde made with pureed potato, shredded kale and chorizo sausage. However, every area claims its own traditional flavor so take your time and enjoy a few bowls everywhere you go.
Portugal is memorable. It is beautiful, historical, and full of activities, and visitor friendly. If you are thinking about a seaside, international holiday, Portugal is the place. Make sure to take this list of 12 Tips For Visiting Portugal with you and make memories of a lifetime.
There is a lot to see and do in our world, but remember traveling is not just about places. Traveling is about people, discoveries, knowledge, and personal experience. Whether you are dreaming of exotic places, cultural experiences, or a family getaway, I can help make it a trip you will long remember.
Have you had a chance to visit Portugal? Or maybe you would like to? What would you look forward to enjoying the most? When you travel, do you look forward to meeting the locals, eating the food, exploring off the tourist routes?
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