Portugal Tours, Backpacking Trips & Gap Year Travel Ideas
Portugal is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe and it's easy to see why. Expect a warm climate, tasty food, friendly people, modern cities and incredible beaches. Search amazing trips and gap year travel opportunities and get inspired to visit Portugal today.
Activities, Trips & Things to Do in Portugal
Find amazing things to do if you would like to travel, go backpacking or spend a gap year in Portugal.
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Travel to Portugal
Find ideas for things to do if you would like to travel to Portugal.
- Capital - Lisbon (population 550,000 approx)
- Currency - Euro
- Population - 10,100,000 (approx)
- International Calling Code +351
- Language - Portuguese
- Area - 92,390 km
Top Reasons to Travel to Portugal
Need some convincing Portugal should be your next destination? Here are some good reasons to go:
- Warm climate almost all year round
- Tasty food and excellent wines
- Friendly open people
- Good infrastructure for tourists
- Cheaper than other destinations in Europe
- Facsinating cities
- Stunning beaches
- Lots of activities and things to do all year round
Best Places to Visit in Portugal
Here are some of the places you need to add to your travel itinerary:
Travelling & Backpacking in Portugal
Portugal as a whole often falls to the backburner for tourists and even those considering a visit to the country probably forget about Porto in favor of the capital Lisboa and the sun-soaked Algarve. However, this seaside gem is home to a slew of intriguing attractions for tourists with about half the price tag and crowds of Europe’s bustling hotspots.
Portugal offers a range of experiences from exploring bustling cities like Braga, Porto and Lisbon to visiting the remote paradise of the Azores islands. If you have an interest in nature you might want to plan a trip to the Peneda Gerês National Park or if you are after a more laid back experience go in search of beaches which are among the best in Europe. If you are after a more lively experience you could visit and party in Lagos which has lots of beachside bars, cafes and nightlife.
Here are some essential Portugal travel tips:
- Explore Porto and Lisbon which are two of the best cities in Europe
- Working a summer season is highly recommended
- If you want to avoid tourists stay away from popular destinations like the Algarve and try to hire a car to visit some of the National Parks in the country.
- Portugal is one of the best places to learn to surf
- Knowing Portuguese is not required but will really help especially if you learn the basics, there are Portuguese language courses available throughout the country
Gap Year in Portugal
Search our ideas for taking a gap year in Portugal. We have fantastic things to do on your gap year where you can be more than be just a tourist and actually live, work or travel this spectacular country. If you are looking for ideas how to spend your gap year in Portugal our guide will help.
Tours of Portugal are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide. Some tours of Europe travel across numerous countries including Portugal.
Joining an organised tour of Portugal will help you to see new places in a structured experience and have a lot of fun. Some tours combine countries - you could visit places like Spain or Morocco in the same trip. You can find budget and luxury trips depending on your preference. We highly recommend booking an overland tour to explore Portugal’s beautiful coastline or heading inland for castles, rolling hills and stunning scenery.
Portugal Group Tours
We promote affordable tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap backpacker tours of Portugal which allow you to discover the highlights of the country without breaking the bank.
Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.
Typical group sizes are around 8-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator. On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van. For day trips and excursions sometimes you will use public transport. Usually travellers of the same sex will share a twin room, but there is also the option to pay a little extra and get a private room. Accommodation can vary depending on the tour and location.
City & Day Tours
Short for time? Want to see the highlights as quick as possible? There are day tours available to book throughout the country in places like Liston and Porto. Popular options include city tours where a local guide will usually show you the sights. These types of trips can be joined as part of a group or you can spend a little extra and get a private tour. Some city tours are totally free but you might be expected to give a tip.
How to Book
Thinking about making an enquiry or booking? Search our featured trips or contact us for specific advice. You can book every month, summer is a very popular time of the year to visit so be sure to book well in advance to secure a spot.