Portugal: Travel Tips

Once a seafaring superpower, Portugal now lets the world come to it. Portugal’s natural beauty encompasses pristine beaches and vast forests of cork trees. The port city of Lisbon maintains elegant shopping and a famous streetcar system. Stroll through the historic Alfama district for a tour of Lisbon’s illustrious past. Savor a glass of port wine and an evening of soulful fado music in the cafés and clubs of the Old City.

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Getting To Portugal

May and October are great times to explore Portugal; the days are longer and cooler than in the hot summer months.

June through August bring many tourists, especially Europeans, as well as very warm weather. Rates will tend to be higher during these months.

Early spring and fall are ideal for warm weather, fewer crowds, and natural beauty—flowers in the spring and fall color in the countryside.

Flight Times

  • 6.5 hours From New York
  • 15 hours from Los Angeles
  • 2.5 hours from London

Staying In Portugal

Blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and a colorful culture informed by its nautical heritage, Portugal is known for its wines, cuisine, and craft industries, such as azulejo ceramic tiles. Bearing the mark of many settlers and overseas colonies, this coastal nation is a kaleidoscope of cultures.

Must-see sights

  • The charming seaside town of Sesimbra.
  • Queluz to explore the 18th-century National Palace.
  • The Museums and monuments in Evora.

Things to do

  • Experience such Lisbon sights as St. George’s castle with a private car and driver.
  • Enjoy a journey to Coimbra, one of Portugal’s greatest cities, renowned for its university, beauty, and history.
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Traveling In Portugal

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Europe in order to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights in Europe, private jets, rental cars, and shuttle transfers are also available.

While traveling in Portugal we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.
  • Luxury trains – A stress free way to explore Europe. There’s no need for maps, and no need to pack and unpack between destinations. This is travel the way it’s meant to be: carefree and full of discovery.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.


  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Time Difference

Europe spans three time zones:

Portugal is GMT

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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