Portugal Attractions & Amenities

As you walk on the patterned cobblestone streets, taking in the vibrant atmosphere, gorgeous art, and the scent of the world-class custard tarts in the air, you’re sure to fall in love with the beauty of Portugal. Travel back in time by exploring Lisbon, where you’ll witness century-old wooden trams, colorful houses, and a spectacular view of the River Tagus, all of which look like they came straight out of a fairytale!

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Porto, split into two by the Douro River, is also worth a visit for its gold-leaf churches and the sight of the boat that wends its way across the city. And if you’re craving for wine and warm weather, make sure to stop by the stunning archipelago of Madeira!

Best time to visit Portugal

The best time to visit Portugal is in spring (March-May), when the country is in bloom and waking after the winter. You could also go in fall (between September and October) when the sun is still shining, the weather is warm, and many of the crowds have dispersed.

Portugal Tourism

Mild winters, hot summer temperatures, and a diverse offering of coastal and mountain destinations have turned Portugal into an ideal holiday spot in Europe —so much so that in 2021, the country led the ranking of best European destinations to visit by car based, among other things, on its weather, safety, affordability, and landmarks.

Portugal is surrounded to the west and the south by the Atlantic Ocean and it shares borders with Spain to the north and the east. For statistical purposes, the nation with a population of 10 million is officially divided into seven regions: five on the mainland and two insular areas (the Azores and Madeira). Lisbon, the smallest Portuguese continental region and home to the country’s homonymous capital city, was by a wide margin Portugal’s most popular travel destination for international tourists in 2019 and 2020. As a result, Lisbon also had the largest number of hotel and hostel openings in the latter year.
Spain: Portugal’s main tourism partner
The geographical proximity between Portugal and Spain has turned the latter country into the main source market for international tourists in Portugal, besides being the most popular outbound destination for Portuguese travelers. In 2020, Spain accounted for more than one-quarter of the inbound tourism volume in Portugal, while representing more than 30 percent of the trips taken by Portuguese international tourists that year.
The role of tourism in the Portuguese economy amid COVID-19
Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the tourism sector represented almost one-fifth of Portugal’s economy. However, the global crisis caused the tourism contribution to GDP to drop by more than half in 2020. But despite this setback, Portugal remained among the top three most tourism-dependent countries in the European Union that year. Similarly, the Portuguese tourism payment balance, which shows the difference between the inflows and outflows from international tourism, plunged by over 60 percent in 2020 to only five billion euros —the lowest figure since 2011.

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