Holidays in Portugal: what a tourist needs to know
Recently, more tourists come to Portugal to relax than in previous years. The high interest in the country located on the westernmost edge of Europe is explained by a number of reasons:
cheap summer holidays in Egypt and Turkey became dangerous;
in Portugal, a country with a rich history, a myriad of cultural attractions is concentrated, acquaintance with which helps to expand horizons and get vivid impressions;
foreign guests can get acquainted not only with architectural monuments, but also explore interesting natural sites, including walking along specially created Madeira hiking trails;
Tours in Portugal include wine and cheese tastings with the opportunity to buy delicacies at discounted prices;
rest is calm, comfortable, but not boring.
To Portugal with the tour operator “Lusitana Sol”
Unlike travel agencies, the tour operator Lusitana Sol offers flexible tour programs that are adaptable for any tourist. For example, excursions in ancient provincial towns can be combined with a relaxing holiday on the elite beaches of the Atlantic, diversified by tastings in the wine cellars of Porto and family cheese dairy in the Alentejo region.
Accommodation is guaranteed in hotels of at least 3-4 star categories. For travel, comfortable buses, minibuses, executive cars for small groups and VIP excursions are used.
Summer starts in May, ends in October
Portugal is a paradise for sports and outdoor enthusiasts: fishing, windsurfing, diving, yachting, golf are popular all year round.
Traditionally, the summer season in Portugal begins with the May holidays and lasts until late autumn. Residents R f are in a better position than foreigners. All thanks to the long weekend, when many of our compatriots who miss summer and sunbaths come to rest in the Algarve and Madeira. They have huge clean beaches, water parks, amusement parks. They actively attend marine animal shows and go for a walk on yachts.
One of the advantages of a beach holiday in the velvet season is lower prices for trips than at the height of summer. The tour operator offers special programs, which include acquaintance with the main attractions of the two capitals – Lisbon and Porto, tasting and relaxing on the ocean in 3-4 * hotels on the first or second lines. The programs are thought out to the smallest detail so that guests have only the best memories of a wonderful country – rich in historical, cultural and spiritual terms.
In major cities of Portugal, public transport is excellent. In Lisbon, it is convenient to use the metro and buses. Many tourists do not miss the opportunity to ride a tram and ski lifts (funiculars).
At the information kiosks you can buy travel tickets, which provide significant savings.
Between the cities there are buses and trains. Lisbon and Porto are connected by the Alfa Express. Long-distance trains have wagons of different classes, and suburban and local trains are made up of the same wagons. On special “blue days” there is a discount for trips over 100 km and for round-trip tickets. If you have to travel often by train, then buy travel cards for 7.14 or 21 days.
The first thing tourists are interested in is how to get to the hotel from Lisbon Airport. There are several options: book a transfer, take a taxi, take the subway or take the Airbus bus. There are 3 routes. Their schemes and departure times are indicated at stops. Buses run every 20-30 minutes.
The Lusitana Sol company draws up its programs so that tourists have time for independent walks in Lisbon. It can be a whole day or several hours. Of course, you can spend this time leisurely strolling next to the hotel, but more often guests of the Portuguese capital prefer to get to know the city better. What can be done during this time? Take a ride on the old yellow tram and funicular, take the Santa Zhusta elevator or go to the new part of Lisbon, where Europe’s largest oceanarium is located and a huge number of shops are concentrated. In any case, it is advisable to buy transport cards.