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Portugal, nestled on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, is a captivating destination that seamlessly blends a rich history, diverse landscapes, and a vibrant cultural tapestry. Its capital, Lisbon, is a city of seven hills, where historic neighborhoods, like Alfama, harmoniously coexist with modernity. Beyond the cities, Portugal’s coastline stretches along the Atlantic Ocean, offering pristine beaches and dramatic cliffs, while its interior reveals rolling vineyard-covered hills in regions like the Douro Valley. The Portuguese language, Fado music, and delectable cuisine are all integral aspects of its culture, with iconic pastéis de nata as a culinary highlight. Portugal’s past as a maritime powerhouse during the Age of Discovery is still palpable in the stunning Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. Today, it’s a thriving nation with a burgeoning tech scene and a welcoming spirit that beckons travelers to explore its wonders.

Things to See and Do in Portugal

Douro Valley
Cabo da Roca

“The Beauty of Algarve from the top”


Typical Costs When Travelling


  • Budget: Hostels and budget guesthouses can range from €20 to €40 per night for a dormitory bed or basic private room.
  • Mid-Range: Three-star hotels and boutique guesthouses typically range from €60 to €120 per night for a double room.
  • Luxury: Upscale hotels and resorts can start at €150 per night and go well above €300 per night.


  • Budget: You can find affordable meals at local cafes and small restaurants for around €5 to €10 for a meal, especially with the “Prato do Dia” (dish of the day) specials.
  • Mid-Range: Dining at mid-range restaurants may cost between €15 to €30 per person, which often includes a main course and a drink.
  • Fine Dining: Fine dining establishments can be significantly more expensive, with prices ranging from €50 to €100 or more per person, not including wine.


  • Public Transportation: In cities like Lisbon and Porto, a single tram or metro ride may cost around €1.50 to €2. Buses and trams are convenient and affordable ways to get around.
  • Taxis: Taxi fares vary, but a short ride within a city might cost €5 to €15.
  • Inter-City Transportation: Train or bus tickets between cities are reasonable, with prices varying depending on the distance. For example, a one-way train ticket between Lisbon and Porto can cost around €30 to €50.
  • Car Rentals: Renting a car costs approximately €30 to €60 per day, excluding fuel and tolls.

Portugal is generally considered a relatively affordable European destination, particularly when compared to many other Western European countries.

Money Saving Tips

Hostels and Budget Accommodations Consider staying in hostels, guesthouses, or budget hotels, which are often more affordable than luxury options.
Discount Cards and Passes Look for city or regional discount cards that can provide savings on public transportation, museums, and other attractions. Examples include Lisboa Card or Porto Card.
Picnicking Enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Portugal by having picnics. Buy bread, cheese, fruits, and local wine from markets for a budget-friendly meal with a view.
Try Portuguese Tascas Tascas are small, traditional Portuguese eateries where you can sample local dishes at reasonable prices. They're great for trying authentic cuisine without the high price tag.