Portugal Travel Guide
Portugal is the perfect combination of white sandy beaches, architecturally beautiful cities, rugged coastlines, and a booming restaurant scene. Oh, and not to mention, a lot of wine.
Portugal also happens to be one of the most affordable international destinations and incredibly safe, making it a great getaway for solo female travelers.
Lisbon has become a hub for nomads and expats from all over the world, but there’s so much more to see than Portugal’s capital city. There’s the Algarve, the Alentejo, Obidos, and Braga, to name a few.
The most idyllic time to visit Portugal is in either the spring (March to June) or fall (September to mid-October) when there are fewer crowds, prices are lower, and the temperatures are warm. Fall is also a great time if you’re looking to experience some of Portugal’s famous wine.
The summer months are considered to be the high season in Portugal. Streets, beaches, and historical sites are often busy. Local transportation is also often sold out, and accommodation prices can increase to around 30-40%.
Come November, the rainy season begins, and a lot of resorts shut down for winter. Expect thinner crowds but shorter hours at many of the main sites. If you’re visiting Portugal for the holiday season, Lisbon is known for its Christmas markets and decorations.
What To Expect
Language: The official language of Portugal is Portuguese.
Currency: The official currency of Portugal is the Euro (EUR). 1 EUR is equivalent to 1.14 USD.
Credit Cards & ATMs: Many Portuguese shops, restaurants, and hotels accept credit cards, especially in bigger cities that are often visited by tourists. Like many other destinations in Europe, it is wise to keep a little cash on you. An ATM in Portugal is commonly referred to as “multibanco” or “caixa automatica.” These ATMs in Portugal are not only used to withdraw money but also used to pay bills, buy movie tickets, or make transfers. They can be found at most banks, airports, train stations, and shopping centers.
Plugs: The plugs in Portugal are type F, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: Portugal is one of the safest places to visit in Europe, being ranked as the 13th safest country in the world. Crime rates are low and are typically in isolated neighborhoods. The biggest issue is pickpocketing. Exercise caution with valuables, and you won’t run into any issues.
Our Experience as a Lesbian Couple
Portugal is one of our favorite European destinations because of how LGBTQ+ friendly it is. Same-sex marriages are legally recognized and it’s one of the only countries to ban LGBTQ+ discrimination in their constitution! We highly recommend Lisbon for the best gay scene. We felt safe and comfortable being out as a lesbian couple during our travels there, and the locals were very kind and respectful.