Portuguese charm

Holidays in Portugal - an alternative to closed destinations
No matter what happens in the world, sitting at home behind closed doors is not an option for young, active, positive-minded people. They want to discover new places, meet interesting…

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Is Portugal attractive for tourists?
Choose what to see in Portugal: From unique nature to man-made monuments This is an ideal country for lovers to discover something new. The history of ancient cities and endless…

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Mafra Palace
Mafra Palace is one of the most ambitious palace-monuments in Europe. The palace was built in the Baroque style by the King of Portugal, Juan V. At that time he…

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New Year in Portugal – what to prepare for a tourist

Portugal, secluded on the edge of Europe, is reluctant to share secrets. You need to come yourself to understand how everything works. The Council applies to the celebration of the New Year.

Features of the Portuguese New Year
The main festivals are traditionally organized by the Portuguese for Catholic Christmas. By the last days of December they feel tired, full, therefore they try to spend the main night of the year at home or in close company with friends. In principle, like many Russians.

However, on the streets, squares, and in resort towns on the beaches, almost until the morning many locals and thousands of tourists from Europe walk around, who decided to say goodbye to the outgoing year on the western end of the continent. Municipalities are specially prepared – they spare no money on decorations and entertainment. Hours from ten in the evening concerts and various events begin.

But tourists who are not familiar with local customs often remain dissatisfied: they complain about shops that are closing early, museums that do not work on holidays, and the inability to get to the chosen restaurant. In order not to be in a similar situation, prepare for the trip. Continue reading

We calculate the budget of a trip to Portugal: Tourist tax

Active travelers are aware that in many European cities they have to pay additional tourist fees. The cost per night in hotels varies from 0.75 to 5 euros. Depends on the specific city, and sometimes the status of the institution. For example, in hostels in a number of cities the tax is less, and in five-star hotels – an order of magnitude more.

There is also a practice of charging at the time of arrival in the city – at airports and seaports.

In Portugal, tourist taxes are gradual. Before this, projects are carefully considered, conditions are determined, and the amount of collection calculated.

In the capital, collection is part of the Strategic Plan for Tourism in Lisbon. According to available information, the money will be taken until 2019, but the situation may change. Continue reading

The whole truth about the climate of Portugal

The encyclopedias indicate that continental Portugal (do not forget about Madeira and the Azores) is located in a subtropical climate zone. However, this information does not give an unambiguous answer about the actual state of affairs.

In short, the country is characterized by tropical summers, but non-tropical winters. That is, in the summer months the thermometer rolls over because of hell, and in the winter months it is difficult to imagine that this is a southern country. But this is averaged information, because the weather in a particular place depends on the topography and the distance from the ocean, which sets the “concert” – it blows life-giving coolness in the midst of July hell, softens the February cold, treacherously descending from the mountains.

Inexperienced tourists generalized table of average monthly temperature in Portugal is confusing, since the daily fluctuations on the coast sometimes reaches 20º. It is more useful to deal with the weather by region. Continue reading

Portuguese surprise foreign tourists

10 interesting facts about Portugal:
the country has been officially recognized for many centuries by the End of the World;
For a long time, neighboring states repeatedly encroached on Portuguese lands, but the people survived these times, and then strengthened their world influence thanks to the great geographical discoveries;
Lisbon is the only capital of a European state that stands on the Atlantic coast;
Every year, more tourists than Portugal acquire the tours to Portugal;
the most attractive tours to Portugal are tours to Lisbon, Porto, Algarve, Alentejo, to the island of Madeira, the Azores;
most often tourists from Great Britain, Spain, Germany are interested in tours to Portugal;
Portuguese and Spaniards have more differences than most people living in the neighborhood;
the country has 850 km of wonderful beaches on the Atlantic coast; Continue reading

Things to do at Christmas in Lisbon and the surrounding area

Every year in the capital of Portugal more and more Christmas and New Year events are held, including fairs, concerts, enchanting shows for children and adults. The end of 2019 was no exception. The tour operator “Lusitana Sol” has compiled a list of the most spectacular events for December and early January.

Entertainment for adults and children
A number of celebrations are held exclusively in the last month of the outgoing year for several days or one or two weeks, but there are those that last much longer. They are not dedicated to Christmas and New Year, but will be interesting to foreign tourists who want to see and learn as much as possible in Portugal.

Pop art stars
On September 24th, the Cordoaria Nacional Museum opened the Pop Art Stars exhibition, dedicated to several art directions in the art of Great Britain, which have been developing since the 50s of the last century. Continue reading

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When going on a tour of Portugal
When going on a tour of Portugal, remember that you need not only to buy a ticket and pay for hotel accommodation, but also need to arm yourself with useful…


Portuguese surprise foreign tourists
10 interesting facts about Portugal: the country has been officially recognized for many centuries by the End of the World; For a long time, neighboring states repeatedly encroached on Portuguese…


One of the most beautiful Portuguese cities
City Museum of Evora (Altu Alentejo Province, 130 km from Lisbon) Xieu Cathedral in Evora One of the most beautiful Portuguese cities, which in fact is a tourist attraction in…


Portuguese charm
Portuguese cuisine The traditional dishes of Portugal are not well known to residents of other countries, because even in Western Europe, Portuguese restaurants are not numerous and are found mainly…