Portugal Travel Guide A Vagabond Life
Portugal Travel Guide
Welcome to Portugal, a country that promises travelers an enchanting journey through its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. Nestled on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal boasts a captivating past that stretches back millennia.
Portugal’s history is a tapestry of conquests, exploration, and innovation. It was in the 12th century that Portugal established its independence from neighboring Spain, marking the beginning of its maritime adventures. During the Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries, Portuguese explorers like Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan set sail to chart new territories, connecting Europe to the rest of the world. This period of exploration ushered in a golden era for Portugal, as Lisbon became a global trading hub.
Today, Portugal’s historic legacy is evident in its picturesque cities and charming villages, where cobblestone streets wind through medieval quarters, and ornate Manueline architecture stands as a testament to its seafaring past. The nation’s culture is a captivating fusion of influences from its Moorish, African, and Brazilian connections, offering a unique blend of music, cuisine, and traditions.
From the sun-kissed beaches of the Algarve to the historic streets of Porto and the rolling vineyards of the Douro Valley, Portugal beckons travelers with its diverse landscapes and warm hospitality. Join us on a journey through this captivating country, where the past seamlessly intertwines with the present to create a one-of-a-kind travel experience.
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Portugal Travel Guide
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Five Quick Facts About Travelling In Portugal
- Portugal is a safe country to travel in with a low crime rate however do apply common sense when travelling.
- Portugal has a train network servicing the coastal towns and a reasonably good bus system to get around the country. It is important to understand while a relatively small country Portugal has large areas that are sparsely populated and remote and as such if travelling on PT you will need to have a bit of a plan. If you are wanting to explore the Portuguese interior hiring a car might be the best idea. See Getting Around Tab for more information
- English is spoken in main cities and tourist areas however inland and in less populated areas English is not as common. As always it is polite to learn a few basic works of the language.
- Portugal is part of the Schengen Visa Area. See the Visa Tab for further details.
- Health in Portugal is good so by exercising a normal hygiene regime, staying away from stray animals and eating well the risk to health while travelling in Portugal is low (although always have travel insurance just in case).