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Portugal Travel Guide

Whether you go off the beaten track and spend time on the stunning Atlantic beaches, quiet villages and nature reserves or hit the water parks and resorts of the centre, there's something for everyone in Portugal.

Practical Info

What time zone is the Algarve in?

GMT +1

What currency do they use in the Algarve?

Euro EUR

What language do they speak in the Algarve?


What power adapters do you need for the Algarve?

Type F (C & E also fit)

What is the average flight time to the Algarve?

Avg 2 hrs 50 mins

Portugal Map

Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula, in South Western Europe. Check out our handy map of Portugal below to get a better feel for the country.

Portugal Travel Guide - Map of Portugal

Culture and etiquette


The majority of Portugal is Roman Catholic, but other religions are practised.


Do you need tip in Portugal?Tipping is discretionary. A service charge is not usually added to bills but double check first, especially if you are in the tourist areas. If it's not been added, it's custom to give 10% of your bill.


Smoking is allowed in some restaurants and bars - most places have designated smoking areas.

Language 101

Portuguese is the main language across the mainland and islands. English is widely spoken in tourist areas but we think it's a good idea to learn a few key phrases and words to help immerse yourself in the culture and authentically enjoy all the things to do.

Hello | Olá

How are you/greeting | Como você está?

What's your name? | Qual o seu nome?

My name is | Meu nome é

Numbers 1-5 | um, dois, três, quatro, cinco

Thank you | Obrigado / Obrigada

Goodbye | Tchau

Jabs, visas and other advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website

Emergency numbers

For all emergency services call 112.

Portugal Airport Transfers

Portugal Airport Transfers

Pre-book your Portugal Airport transfers to popular destinations such as Lisbon, Faro, Porto and Madeira with prices starting from under £10.00 with FREE cancellations up to 3 days before your travel.

Portugal Car Hire

Portugal Car Hire

Pre-book your Portugal car hire, with prices starting from just £8.99 per day with FREE cancellations*

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