Travel Guide

Our guide to holidays in Portugal, brought to you by the loveit coverit travel insurance team.


Our Portugal Travel Guide

Portugal is a beloved destination for many British travelers, and it's not hard to see why. With something for everyone, no matter what your interests, Portugal has it all. You can relax on the beautiful sandy beaches of Algarve and sip on the famous Port Wine, or take a walk through Lisbon and appreciate the colorful azulejos tiles. Portugal is also a treat for the taste buds, with sweet pastries like Pastel de Nata and savory dishes like Piri Piri chicken (which actually originated in Portugal and is a specialty of the popular restaurant chain Nando's).

There is so much to explore and experience in Portugal, and even a short trip may not be enough to fully appreciate all that the country has to offer. Once you taste the delicious Pastel de Nata with Port Wine, you may never want to leave.

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Reasons to get travel insurance for your Portugal trip

Beach and Water Activities

Portugal is known for its beautiful coastline and offers various water activities such as surfing, swimming, and boating. Travel insurance can cover accidents, injuries, and water-related emergencies, ensuring you have access to medical assistance and treatment if needed.

Flight Delays and Cancellations

Like any travel destination, Portugal's airports can experience flight delays and cancellations due to various factors. Travel insurance can reimburse you for expenses related to flight disruptions, including accommodations and meals, helping to minimize the impact on your travel plans.

Lost Luggage

Travel insurance can provide coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged belongings during your trip to Portugal. This is particularly important when traveling with valuable equipment, such as cameras and outdoor gear, helping you replace items if the unexpected happens.

Medical Cost

While Portugal has a good healthcare system, visitors might still encounter medical issues during their trip. Travel insurance can cover medical expenses, hospital stays, and medical transportation, ensuring you receive necessary medical care without the concern of high costs.

Main Facts About Portugal

The currency in Portugal is the Euro, which is also used in most of Europe. You can exchange currency in your bank, at the airport, or at your hotel, but sometimes it may be more cost-effective to use your UK bank card. Be sure to check with your bank about any fees associated with using your card in Portugal. This will help you determine the most convenient and cost-effective way to access funds while in Portugal.
Portuguese is the official language of Portugal with about 96% of the population speaking Portuguese. English is the second widely spoken language in Portugal so if you don't speak Portuguese you will be able to get around. 10% of the population speak Spanish and French so if you speak any of these languages, that might help you as well.
The weather in Portugal can be quite varied, with hot summers and wet winters in many parts of the country. You might be surprised to learn that there are even ski resorts in Portugal, which can be visited during the winter months. Generally, the hottest month in Portugal is August, with average temperatures of 28.3°C, while the coldest month is January, with temperatures averaging between 14.8°C and 8.3°C. Whether you're looking to bask in the summer sun or experience the cooler temperatures of winter, there's something for everyone in Portugal.
Power Plugs
In Portugal the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F (like most of Europe), therefore you won't be able to connect appliances bought in the UK or USA there. We suggest buying a travel adaptor and use our appliances anywhere in Portugal.
There are currently about 10.3 million people living in Portugal, making it a relatively small country compared to places like Spain or Italy. Despite its size, Portugal is a popular tourist destination, which can lead to some areas feeling crowded during peak season. However, with its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and delicious cuisine, it's no surprise that people flock to Portugal. Whether you're seeking a quiet, peaceful getaway or an adventure-filled vacation, you'll find something to love in Portugal.
Fun Fact
Did you know that certain names are banned in Portugal? It's true! Names like William, Catherine, George, Charlotte, Tom, Emily, and Michael are not allowed to be given to children in Portugal. This is because the Portuguese government has strict rules about the names that can be used in the country, with the goal of preserving Portuguese culture and traditions. If you're planning on having children or are considering moving to Portugal, it's important to be aware of these name restrictions.
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Your Portugal Bucket list

If you're in Portugal, you HAVE to do these things:

1. Watch the big waves in Nazare
2. Explore the caves of the Algarve
3. Sunset at Cape St Vincent – the most south-westerly point of mainland Europe
4. Explore the gorgeous city of Lisbon
5. Drink Port in Porto
5. Try Pastel de Nata in Lisbon
6. Listen to fado
7. Tour The National Palace of Pena
8. Visit Belem Tower
9. Stroll Along The Pink Street
10. Discover the Jeronimos Monastery


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