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Portugal is loads of fun. Catch a wave at some of the most prestigious surf spots in Europe or simply bask in the sun surrounded by sprawling cliffs.  Get lost in the vineyards up north, let Lisbon steal your heart and hit the trails in the archipelago islands of Azores and Madeira. Portugal is a dream come true. 

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Basic Info

Drinking water: Safe to drink from the tap

Plugs: Type C and F (See photo below)

Covid Updates

Flights from Southern Africa are suspended. A handful of countries are subject to reciprocity – see below. All flights in require a negative PCC no more than 72 hours before boarding or a rapid antigen no more than 48. See link for Azores, Madeira and land arrival rules. 

**Make sure to triple check entry requirements well before departure as protocols are constantly changing** 

Money

Official currency: € Euro

Budget: Hostels are €10-20 for dorms and hotels start at €50 and up. Beer is around €3 and expect to spend around €20+ if you’re eating out at a restaurant. 

Credit cards: Common

Tipping: Common in taxis, restaurants and cafes but not mandatory 

Visas

Schengen state. 62 countries can enter for 90 days within 180 visa free. 

**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**

Vaccinations

None

**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**

Safety

Exercise Normal Precautions

**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**

Language

Official Languages: Portuguese 

Hello: Olá     

Excuse me: Com licença (kom lee-sen-sah)  

Thank-you: Obrigado (m), Obrigada (f)

Yes: Sim      No: Não (naoum)

Beer: Cerveja (ser-vay-jah)

Water: Agua (ah-gwa)

When to go

Spring (March – May) and fall (September – October) are the ideal time to go since temps are warm and crowds are a little thinner. Summers are hot and crowded but winters are mild (although too cold for the beach) and still make for a pleasant time to visit. 

Azores never gets particularly cold but the most comfortable temps are between May and October (with the heaviest crowds June – Aug). Nov – Feb are the wettest months and peak season for whale watching is April and May (although it extends to September). 

Madeira whale watching is between April and October and has sunshine and comfortable temps year round. 

Responsible Travel

Hire local guides

Eat, stay and shop local

Always be environmentally conscious

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