Portugal

Laid-back and lovely, best enjoyed with Port wine!

Portugal quick facts

  • Population: 10.5 million

  • Language: Portuguese

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +351

Trains in Portugal

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Interrail passes for Portugal

Interrail Portugal Pass

The Interrail Portugal Pass takes you to the highlights of Portugal like Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra.

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Interrail Global Pass from € 208

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Places to visit

Tram in Old Town of Lisbon
Tram in Old Town of Lisbon

Lisbon: Lovely city on seven hills

Lisbon (Lisboa) is a real European city treat. The city is built upon seven large hills, overlooking the Tagus River. For the most spectacular views across the city head up to the top of Castelo de São Jorge. The oldest part of Lisbon is seated over the walls of the castle, known as the Alfama quarter and is coated with windy cobbled alleyways and peppered with a provincial aura. Every Tuesday and Saturday the Campo de Santa Claro opens up to the city’s humming flea market, where you can rummage about for some local bargains.

Castelo de São Jorge and the Alfama quarter are approximately 15 minutes by foot from the Baixa/Chiada metro station.

Sagres beach
Sagres beach

Be adventurous in Portugal

Each year surfers flock to Portugal’s surf-lined beaches. A stunning little gem is Sagres, situated on the south-west tip of the country and surrounded by unspoilt beaches. It’s a good spot for learners and has a number of surf schools that offer board hire as well as surf courses. For non-water-based sports pay a visit to Portugal’s only national park, Parque Nacional de Peneda-Gerês in the north-west. Try your hand at canyoning, horse riding, canoeing and rafting amongst unspoilt flora and fauna.

Take a train to Lagos and from there you can pick up a bus to Sagres.

Cafe in Porto
Cafe in Porto

Party ‘til the sun comes up

A good party place outside the capital is Lagos, situated along the popular Algarve coastline. By night join other travellers and folk who appear to have got stranded in this seaside town, to infiltrate the local bars and by day recover on the sun-kissed sands ready for the next night. Competing with Lisbon for the best nightlife spot is Porto. Head to Ribeiro in the city’s downtown for cheap, studenty bars and continue the night in the Foz area, where the Hard Club is usually pumping out music from international DJs ‘til the early hours.

The centre of Lagos is a 15-minute walk from the main train station via a bridge across the marina. Foz in Porto can be reached by night bus or taxi.

Ribeira, Porto
Ribeira, Porto

Port in Porto

In the north not so far from the Spanish border is Portugal’s second largest city: Porto. It’s more a modern city and is well-known for its great football stadium and passion for the game. The more traditional face of Porto can be found around Ribeira – a waterfont quarter, where you can hop on a boat and glide along the River Douro. While in the area visit Vila Nova de Gaia, famous for its port lodges, which store and age this delicious tipple, exclusively produced in the nearby Douro Valley.

Ribeira’s waterfront is a 10-minute walk from the São Bento metro station.

Algarve beach
Algarve beach

Sun-soaked coastline

It’s not surprising that the Algarve, Portugal’s southern coast, is the most visited part of the country – showcasing some of Europe’s most alluring seaside. A good starting point from which to venture to the South’s terrific beaches, is Faro – a historic town with a laid-back temperament. However, you don’t have to venture all the way south to enjoy Portugal’s splendid shores – great beaches can also be found just a stone’s throw from Lisbon. South of the city along the Costa da Caparica are kilometres of untouched dunes.

Faro’s centre is a 10-minute walk from the main train station. Costa da Caprica is a a short taxi ride from Pragal train station.

Events

Events in Portugal | Official poster of Terras sem Sombra

Terras sem Sombra

February 24 - July 8, 2018

Terras sem Sombra is a civilian initiative in Beja. It has a high internacional level and dialog between the heritage, music and biodiversity. The past and the contemporary creation, the intersections among the arts, the rescue of musicological heritage, are structural elements of the project. This background shows the relevance of the environmental and cultural value of this territory, presenting one of the best index of preservation in Europe.

 

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Events in Portugal | Official poster of Temporada de Música Erudita - Parques de Sintra

Temporada de Música Erudita - Parques de Sintra

March 3 - October 28, 2018

The Music Season, staged by Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua and with Artistic Direction ensured by Divino Sospiro, has fostered the revitalisation of the Palaces through their musical heritage, boosting the link between Heritage and Music. Spanning a vast repertoire, ranging from the Medieval to the Romantic periods, the Music Season is subdivided into three cycles, distributed over the year and dedicated to the specific repertoires appropriate to the epoch of each Palace.

 

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Events in Portugal | Official poster of Cumplicidades - Lisbon International Contemporary Dance Festival

Cumplicidades - Lisbon International Contemporary Dance Festival

March 10 - March 16, 2018

Cumplicidades is a dance festival in Lisboa which purpose is deeply anchored in the artistic and social reality of local population. Over crossed creative processes from national choreographers with new dance latitudes in the Mediterranean area, performances and open rehearsals are organised. Aiming an approach to working methods and also the participation in the construction of performative projects, workshops and lectures took place as moments of sharing and experimentation. The International Conference Complicities: Moving Latitudes brings together creators, cultural managers and dance researchers to reflect on the networks, the action and relationship methods, funding and complicities.

 

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Events in Portugal | Official poster of Harmos

Harmos

March 20 - March 24, 2018

HARMOS is an international music festival with a unique concept in Europe, it brings together the best artists of some of the most prestigious music schools in Europe and in the world. Founded in 2006, the festival promotes the work of these talented young musicians and presents several concerts, each year, in Porto and in the HARMOS cities reaching a wider and more diverse territory spreading out a healthy coexistence of tradition and contemporaneity.

 

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