Portugal

Planning for a trip to Portugal? Read on for all you need to know about customized Portugal tour packages

Portugal is all about art, wine, cuisine and culture. This Southern European country is steeped in history and tradition and offers a fair bit of everything to suit different tastes. The Flying Squirrel Holidays Portugal tours takes you to the beautiful cities of Lisbon, Porto and Algarve, where you discover their culture, heritage and stunning architecture as you walk down the streets and sample the culinary delights of the region.

Flight Connectivity

Portugal is well-connected to India with many direct and stop-over flights. There are many airlines connecting India to the largest international airports of Portugal- Lisbon and Porto. There are many options to choose from like Air India, Emirates, British Airways,Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and more.

Visa Information

The visa for Portugal is processed around 15 working days post registration. Visa can be applied from the nearest branch of VFS in cities like New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. It will cost around $82. You can apply for the Visa through https://pt.vfsglobal.co.in/

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Best Time to Visit

Summer from July to September are the warmest months but ideal for travelers who wants to laze around the wonderful beaches of Portugal.

Winters from November to January lets you to walk and explore along the streets or hiking paths of the popular cities when the sun is out.

Spring from March to May is considered one of the best times when the country is in bloom and you can enjoy the many open-air performing arts in the cities.

Autumn from late-September to November is considered as the best time for merry making through the Popular Saint festivals celebrated in Portugal.

Top things you must try on your holiday to Portugal

  • Algarve- Algarve is blessed with some of the world’s most famous beaches with hidden caves like The Benagil Cave, The Captain’s Cave and The Elephant Cave etc. It would be fun to explore these hidden beach caves, one of the fun things to do in Portugal.
     
  • Sado Estaury- Visit this place to catch a glimpse of the playful dolphins here. Take a boat trip to watch these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat along the coast.
     
  • Nightlife- The city of Lisbon comes to life at night. Party the night away with an array of dining and clubbing options. There are plenty of bars and restaurants that will keep you on your toes. Some of the best places to visit in Lisbon at night are the K Urban beach, Lux Fragil, Incognito, Music Box and Duplex etc.
     
  • Wine tasting- A vacation in Portugal is incomplete without taking a wine tour. Port offers a famous dessert wine usually ordered as you finish a meal. So, discover and taste the different wine styles on your trip to Porto.
     
  • Food- Savour the Portuguese special dish called Egg Tarts in Lisbon filled with real cheesy fillings and egg yolks. Do visit Pasteis de Cerveja de Belem to try the best egg tarts in Lisbon.

 

Best places to visit in Portugal

a) Lisbon

Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal, and is one of the most charismatic cities of Europe. The city has a liberal atmosphere and offers a rich and varied history, a buzzing nightlife, exotic landscapes and sandy beaches. You cannot miss the wide range of food here, specifically seafood. This city is one of the most interesting experiences across Western Europe.

Things to do in Lisbon

  • Castelo de Sao Jorge- Lisbon’s major attraction, it is a combination of museum and an archaeological site.
     
  • Mosteiro dos Jeronimos- It’s a monastery with stunning monument of historic and cultural significance.
     
  • Oceanario de Lisboa- This is the largest aquarium in Europe with more than 8000 marine creatures splashing in 7 million litres of seawater. Get ready to enjoy zebra sharks, honeycombed rays, gliding mantas and schools of neon fish.
     
  • Museu Calouste Gulbenkian- You can easily spend half a day admiring the priceless treasures at The Gulbenkian Museum and relaxing in its pleasant gardens. The two separate museums here house a diverse collection of Egyptian, Graeco-Roman, oriental and European art, ranging from paintings, scriptures and icons to sculpture, oriental ceramics, decorative art & jewellery.
     
  • Elevador de Santa Justa- An antique 19th-century elevator with beautiful city views.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Lisbon

  • Bacalhau a bras- Portugal’s favorite dish is a shredded codfish with fried potato, onion and scrambled eggs. The dish is topped with a sprinkle of black olives and chopped parsley.
     
  • Carne de PorcoAlentejana- It’s a combination of pork and clams. Cubed pork is first marinated in a sauce of white wine, paprika, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Then you can add pickled vegetables and chopped cilantro to the dish.
     
  • Polvoa Lagareiro- It’s a grilled octopus served with grilled potatoes, sprinkled with cooked garlic and drizzled with olive oil.
     
  • Frango no Churrasco- It is basically chicken cooked on a grill and seasoned with piri-piri hot sauce. It’s served with French fries, rice and a simple salad of lettuce, tomato and onion.
     
  • Cozido a Portuguesa- This dish is prepared with boiled potatoes, carrots, sausages, cabbage, leafy greens, beans and beef.

 

b) Porto

Portugal’s second city, Porto, is a city with numerous cultural attractions. The city offers cherished architectural treasures, heritage sites, Baroque churches, museums, picturesque squares and futuristic music venues. This fascinating and vibrant city is rapidly becoming one of the most happening tourist destinations of Portugal.

Things to do in Porto

  • Torre dos Clerigos- The tower is the city’s most visible landmark and punctuates the skyline of the city.
     
  • Porto Bridge Climb- Climb the arches of the Arrabida Bridge and enjoy panoramic views of the city and the river.
     
  • Igreja de Sao Francisco- Visit the beautiful church of St. Francis and admire its baroque interiors and architecture.
     
  • Cais da Rebeira- These are narrow, winding streets near the riverside and are the most popular area in the city for relaxing and socializing.
     
  • Ponte Dom Luis I- Stroll around one of the most iconic structures of Portugal.
     
  • Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis- Explore and admire the outstanding collection of Portuguese art.
     
  • World of Discoveries- Visit the interactive museum and the theme park.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Porto

  • Caldo Verde- Known as Kale soup in English, it’s made with vegetables and flavored with Portuguese chourico. These are then thickened with pureed potatoes and flavored with garlic.
     
  • Tripas a Moda do Porto-This dish is made with beans, sausage, vegetables and herbs. It is served with rice.
     
  • Francesinha- This dish is a twist on a classic French sandwich. The bread has different types of meat fillings, covered in cheese and drowned in sauce.
     
  • Cozidoa Portuguesa-It is a meat stew, served alongside cabbage, carrots, onions and potatoes.
     
  • Bacalhau com Natas-Enjoy the Codfish mixed with cream.

 

c) Albufeira

Albufeira is a city in Algarve, in the south of Portugal. It’s a beautiful and bustling beach resort and has gained popularity for its red gold sand beaches. You will love the gorgeous weather, wild nightlife and beautiful sandy beaches. If you want to experience it all, then this destination is a must in your Portugal tour packages.

Things to do in Albufeira

  • Praia da Falesia- You can walk the length of the beach on a path on the cliff top, with access to the beach below by steep stairways.
     
  • Nightlife- You can enjoy the bars, nightclubs, amusements and fast food joints.
     
  • Old Albufeira-Explore the pedestrian streets of the old town.
     
  • Watersports-You can opt for kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboard excursions.
     
  • Zoomarine Algarve-This attraction has marine animal demonstrations alongside a waterpark.
     
  • Igreja Matriz- The main church of Albufeira and is admired for its neoclassical architecture.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Albufeira

  • Cataplana de marisco- A seafood feast in a pan with onions, garlic and tomatoes stewed with glugs of white wine, clams, whole prawns and choice of chorizo.
     
  • Sardinhasassadas- A platter of freshly grilled sardines roasted and seasoned with sea salt.
     
  • Cozidoa Portuguesa- It’s a platter of slow-cooked meat, sausages and vegetables.
     
  • Arroz de tamboril-Chunks of flaky white fish stirred in a tomato stew peppered with garlic, laurel and rice.
     
  • Acorda- A peasant food, which is crafted out of stale bread and mashed with garlic, bits of coriander, olive oil, vinegar and poached eggs. Shrimp and other seafood can be added to the dish.

 

A sample itinerary of Portugal

Day 1: Arrival at Lisbon. Check in to the hotel. Visit Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Overnight at Lisbon.

Day 2: Visit Castelo de sao Jorge and explore the famous Ocenario de Lisboa. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 3: Arrival at Porto by train. Check in to the hotel. Visit Torre dos Clerigos. Overnight in Porto.

Day 4: Visit Igreja de Sao Francisco. Enjoy a perfect evening at Cais de Rebeira. Overnight in Porto.

Day 5: Arrival at Albufeira by train. Check in to the hotel. Visit Igreja Matriz. Overnight in Albufeira.

Day 6: Enjoy a walk at Praia da Falesia and enjoy water sports. Enjoy authentic dinner at a restaurant. Overnight in Albufeira.

Day 7: Breakfast. Back to Lisbon by train. Check in to the hotel. Enjoy a last minute shopping at Lisbon. Overnight at Lisbon.

Day 8: Breakfast. Check out of the hotel to fly back home.

Tips when travelling to Portugal

  • Currency- The currency of Portugal is Euro. Debit and credit cards are accepted at some places but it is preferable to carry currency with you.
     
  • Transport- The main ways to get around in Portugal is by bus or trains.
     
  • Safety- Portugal is safe and possesses no serious problems.
     
  • Etiquettes- It is recommended to dress decently, stick to beaches for sunbathing and avoid smoking at public places. It is recommended to try out their local customs.
     
  • Mobile Network and Sim Card- The major mobile service providers are Vodafone, Optimus and TMN. You can get the sim card in the airport itself.
     
  • Power Plugs- You need power plugs and sockets of F type.
     
  • Indian Embassy in Portugal

     Rua Pero da Covilha, No. 16

     Restelo, 1400-297

     Lisbon, Portugal

     Phone- +351-916653752

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