Enjoy This Guest Post Feature From Emilia Reid
Emilia is a freelance travel writer, originally from the UK. Publishing for some of the top travel websites around the world, writing about everything from hidden gems to luxury hangouts all over the world, Emilia is currently writing for Travel Department.
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal is one of the many beautiful countries in Europe. It is frequented by thousands of tourists every year and is comparatively affordable than some of the other European countries.

Before visiting Portugal, there are a few things which you should know.   Many of these things might be common knowledge, but many tourists ignore or forget them before planning a trip to Portugal.

Because I want you to have the best experience possible, this post highlights seven important things which you should know before you visit this famous and beautiful country.

The Cities Have Many Hills:

If you’re visiting Portugal, you will very likely be exploring cities like Lisbon. Lisbon is located on a range of hills. That is why it is wise to pack some comfortable footwear. Wearing comfortable shoes will allow you to explore the city with ease, especially since there are many cities having cobblestone streets in Portugal.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal. Photo Credit: Nik Guiney

Only when you wear the right shoe, can you work for long hours and explore the city.   Make sure your break your shoes in in advance and bring them with you in your luggage; buying them at your destination in Portugal is likely to be expensive.

Learn some essential words:

English is fairly well-known in Portugal. In spite of that, it is better to learn some local words. The reason for this is that in the tourist circuit, English is popular, but when you want to interact with locals, you will have to use Portuguese. Due to this very reason, it is better to learn some necessary words of Portuguese.

When you learn some key words and phrases, you’ll be able to easily ask for directions or thank the locals.

Some Basic Portuguese Phrases:
Hello –Olá
Goodbye……….Adeus
Good morning……….Bom dia
Good afternoon……….Boa tarde
Good evening/night……….Boa noite
Please……….Por favor
Thank You……….Obrigado(a)
You’re welcome……….De nada
I’m sorr……….Desculpe
Excuse me/pardon me……….Com licença

You can easily install a Portuguese learning app on your smartphone or use an audio translator. The choice is entirely up to you. When you have a device with translation handy, it is easy to interact with the locals.

Safety:

Portugal is one of the safest countries in Europe. You can easily travel to Portugal along with your family and explore the destinations with ease. However, you have to ensure that at the prime tourist destinations, you are alert against pickpockets and tourist scams.

Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro, Portugal | Photo Credit: Ricardo Resende

 

It is always better to stay alert rather than take things for granted. Stick to the tourist sites or follow good guide books and recommendations and you will not have a problem.

Plenty of Beaches

Portugal has a long coastline and when planning your trip, you may want to make time to explore the beaches. 

Praia de São Rafael, Albufeira, Portugal | Photo Credit: Dan Gold

 

If you want to move away from the crowd and explore some of the lesser crowded beaches, you can head over to areas like Alentejo and Minho. The number of tourists visiting these beaches is very less. Hence; if you want to move away from the tourists and explore the beaches in their entirety, these areas are the perfect option.

Pro Tip: The beaches in the north have cold waters. You have to consider this factor before planning your trip.

Surfers Paradise

Because of the numerous beaches, Portugal is a great destination if you want to learn surfing.  The Nazare Canyon is the world’s most prominent surfing area. You can easily enjoy surfing in this area.

Nazare, Portugal | Photo Credit: ddzphoto on Pixabay

 

Some of the other destinations which you can visit for surfing include Peniche and Ericeira.

Note: If you are just a beginner when it comes to surfing, it is wise to stay away from Nazare canyon. It is suitable for intermediate surfers. There are plenty of other beaches where you get surfing waves.

Peneda-Gerês National Park 

If you want to be close to nature, the Peneda-Gerês National Park in the northern part is the perfect option for you. If you wish to hike or explore some wildlife or check out some of the historic villages, this national park has something for everyone.

Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês flickr photo by frans16611 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

You can quickly cover it in a day trip from the city of Porto. If you enjoy camping, it is wise to take a couple of days out for this national park. It will allow you to explore the flora and fauna of Portugal and stay close to nature.

Plenty of Castles:

Portugal has had a tumultuous past. Hence; the number of castles which you find in Portugal is numerous. They are spread all over the country. Some of them which are worth visiting include:

 

Almourol Castle | Photo Credit: marquesamy on Pixabay

 

These castles have been standing strong for centuries. They are also a testament to the rich history of Portugal. Whenever you’re near these castles, it is well worth a visit.

These are the main things which you need to know when planning your trip to Portugal. Keep them in mind and you’ll have an incredible experience!

Before visiting Portugal, there are a few things which you should know.   Many of these things might be common knowledge, but many tourists ignore or forget them before planning a trip to #Portugal.

Like the post? Please share!