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Planning an Exciting Trip to Portugal

If you are planning your first trip to Portugal, you are definitely going to have an exciting and memorable experience in this gorgeous country. Perhaps you have already done some research on Portugal and have an idea of what you can expect here. This country is not only beautiful, but you’ll also find plenty of friendly locals who are willing to welcome you in and give you a great time.  While planning your trip, keep the following in mind to ensure that you’re going to have the best experience.

Book a Tour of the Country:

If you want to see the most of Portugal while you are there and want to avoid missing out on seeing some of the most amazing sights here, it’s worth considering organized Portugal tours that you can join. With these tours, you will be able to enjoy a pre-planned itinerary that is designed to ensure that you get to see the most of the country and don’t miss out on anything during your time there. Many trips will also provide transport and accommodation for you so that you can take your mind of the logistical side of things and simply enjoy your stay.

Book It Wisely:

When planning your trip to Portugal, it’s a wise idea to figure out when’s best to go depending on the type of experience that you want. The busiest, priciest and hottest months of the year in this country are July and August, so you may want to consider going a little earlier or later in the year to avoid the crowds, tourist price hikes and unbearable heat. May, June, and September are still very pleasant in terms of weather, but also quieter and more enjoyable.

Buy a Tourist Card:

Depending on where you are going in Portugal, you can get a tourist card like the Porto Card, Algarve Card or the Lisboa Card which enables you to enjoy a range of discounts on activities, attractions and accommodation plus discounted travel tickets. You can purchase the ticket online before you go or locally at a tourist office.

Take Cash:

While thankfully debit and credit cards are now widely accepted in most areas of Portugal, it’s a good idea to take some cash with you especially if you want to travel off the beaten path, where many smaller shops and restaurants will only still accept cash payments. If you’ve arrived in Portugal and only have your bank card, you can easily withdraw Euros from any Multibanco ATM – there are usually several at the airport.

Plan Your Itinerary:

Finally, there are so many great things to see and do in Portugal that it’s definitely worth sitting down and planning your itinerary in advance if you want to see it all. It’s a good idea to start in a larger city like Lisbon or Porto where you can easily find travel connections around the country. Make your way to the coastal areas like Albufeira, where you can find stunning beaches that stretch for miles and plenty of opportunities to take part in boating and water sports.

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