Apart from Lisbon, Porto and Southern Algarve, Portugal remains mostly a hidden destination. The center, Alentejo and Costa vicentina offer untouched nature and charming small towns and villages. Azores and Madeira islands offer paradisiac and wild landscapes. Everywhere food is at its top game inlcuing the more modern cusine you’ll find in the metropolitan areas and the rustic and totally delicious dishes in the rural regions.
Portugal has it all beautiful – old cities, historical villages, unique natural scenery, amazing culinary scene, wild beaches, outdoor sports especially the ones to do with water. You can never get bored or run out of things to do in this charming unpretentios country.
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We had such an amazing trip! We loved Sao Miguel and ANC did an amazing job! Carlos was so wonderful and Nano the TUK TUK guy was great too! The itinerary was fantastic! We loved everything we did in the Azores ( the canyoning was so fun and something we are all happy we tried!) and we loved our day in the Douro valley! The picnic lunch at the winery was so special and the boat was great!... We all want to come back and see more of Portugal! Everyone is incredibly warm and nice and welcoming and Portugal is so so beautiful!!! Thank you so much for organizing such a special trip for me and my family! I will definitely recommend you to anyone looking to travel to Portugal!
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Accommodation – There are several types of accommodation in Portugal:
Note that it’s cheaper to travel from November to March. Prices get higher in April. The highest prices are in July and August for most places specially Southern Algarve.
Food – Food is very high value for money. You don’t have to go to a Michelin-star restaurant to eat the freshest fish, meat or veggies. But you could. Prices in rural areas are the cheapest, followed by prices in the main cities, Southern Algarve tends to be the most expensive. But everywhere you go great food is guaranteed.
Transportation – Diesel is expensive in Portugal, about 1.40€/ litre. Keep that in mind if you want to hire a car to explore. It actually is the only option if you want to venture off-the beaten path. Account for road tolls, too. A 100km trip on the highway can cost you about 10€ + gas. Public transport is cheap although sometimes schedules are unreliable. Uber is a great and affordable alternative. Taxies are also good but make sure the taximeter is on.
Suggested daily budget – As you saw from above Portugal offers wide range of options for all types of budgets. I would suggest the following daily budget per person:
80 – 100€ – if you’re staying at a hostel/ cheaper guest house/ airbnb, use public transport (Uber when necessary), eat out at cheap to mid-range places. Buy a souvernir or 2 and maybe make 1/ 2 small group tours depending on your itinerary.
100-200€ – stay at mid-upper class accommodation, eat out at mid range restaurants with a splurge here and there. Use a mix of private transport inside cities, public between destinations or hire a car. Make several small group tours or 1-2 private. Shop at boutiques.
200€ and up – for this budget you’ll get the most comfortable travel. Upper class accommodation, private transport and transfers. Private guides, private experiences. Shop at boutiques or have something made for you specifically.