Portugal Tours & Vacations

In the southwest corner of Europe lies Portugal, one-fifth of the Iberian Peninsula it shares with Spain. Portugal has its own language, the 6th most spoken in the world, its own culture and cuisine. Portugal is divided into regions, each offers unique features, history, scenery and cuisine.

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About Portugal

With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 500 miles of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.

This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.

Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.
Come and discover the charms of this country too.

Weather, Climate and Geography


Portugal is situated at the south-west point of Europe and also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. Mainland Portugal occupies an area of 88,889 km2. It is 218 km wide and 561 km long. It has 832 km of Atlantic coast and a 1,215 km border with Spain.

The Azores are situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North America. They have an area of 2,355 km2 and consist of nine islands – São Miguel and Santa Maria in the Eastern Group, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the Central Group and Flores and Corvo in the Western Group. It takes about two hours to get from the Azores to mainland Portugal by plane.

The Madeira Archipelago has an area of 741 km2 and lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 500 km from the African coast and 1,000 km from the European continent (1½ hours flying time from Lisbon). It consists of the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo and the uninhabited Desertas and Selvagens islands, which are nature reserves.


The climate in Portugal varies considerably from one region to another and is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea, which offers mild winters, especially in the Algarve.

In the Porto e Norte area and Centro region, particularly inland, nearer Spain, the winters are colder, although the temperatures are still mild when compared to the rest of Europe. There is some snowfall. It occurs most in the Serra da Estrela mountains, where we find the highest point in mainland Portugal (1,991 m) and where it is sometimes possible to ski.

The summers are hot and dry, especially in the inland areas (Trás-os-Montes in north-eastern Portugal and Alentejo). Temperatures are slightly lower in the coastal areas, because of the influence of the sea.

There are often warm, sunny days in autumn. Nice weather at the beginning of November is often called “St. Martin’s Summer” as this saint’s day is on 11 November.

Required clothing

Light- to medium weights and rainwear are advised (Portugal has one of the highest rainfalls in Europe).

Did you know?
  • Europe’s second longest bridge is in Lisbon at 10.7 miles.
  • Lisbon is one of the oldest towns in Europe. It is even older than Rome.
  • Tempura is actually not Japanese, it’s Portuguese invention.
  • Portugal’s shores are one of the world’s great surf spots.
  • Portugal is home to a fantastic number of bird species. The reason behind this is Portugal’s being the popular avian stopover on their migrations from Africa to Europe.
  • “Vinho do Porto” (Porto Wine) is Portugal’s most famous export and its national drink.
  • Portugal has its own Martial Art. It’s called Jogo do pau, meaning “game of the stick.”
  • The superstar soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is from Portugal.
  • Seafood is the most popular dish in Portugal. It is the third-highest consumer of fish on the planet.
  • Europe’s westernmost point in is Portugal, called Cabo da Roca.

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