Travel tips

Travel guide: Portugal

Are you headed out on one of our tours of Portugal? Wondering what you should pack, what food you should try, or how much money you should bring with you? We’ve got you covered!  

The Basics  

Weather: Spring: 51-72°F | Summer: 61-83°F | Fall: 53-80°F | Winter: 47-61°F   

Language(s): Portuguese and English 

Currency: € Euro 

Cash or card: Card, but cash is necessary for small street vendors! 

Exchange rate at time of travel: $1 USD = €0.89 

What that really means: $20 USD =  €17.85 

What  1 will buy you: Pasteis de nata, a Portuguese pastry—try one at Pastéis de Belém!

Money to bring per day: €40 or $44.88 USD 

Packing Tips 

Spring/Summer packing list: Light jacket, shorts, comfortable walking shoes 

What we wish we packed: A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated 

Fall/Winter packing list: Umbrella, raincoat, boots 

What we wish we packed: Sunscreen—it still gets sunny in the day! 

And if you have extra room in your suitcase, pack: A hat to protect yourself from the sun 

Lucia Castellana

via Lucia Castellana

The Food  

Average cost of lunch: €8 

Tipping: Tipping isn’t necessary 

Atmosphere: Lots of seafood-related dishes in almost every restaurant! 

You HAVE to try: Bacalhau (salted cod), francesinha (sandwich), and pasteis de nata!

Lucia Castellana

via Lucia Castellana

Everything Else

Total spend on souvenirs: €20-40 

Coolest thing you bought: Azulejos—Portuguese ceramic tiles 

Free time idea: Take a tuktuk ride for around €5 and tour the city! 

Advice: Try and catch a Fado performance for a truly unique cultural experience!

Elaine Rim

Elaine is a Content Marketing Co-Op from Northeastern University. She loves learning about languages and history. Her favorite destination has been Croatia, where she stuffed her face with risotto for two weeks.

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