Why visit Portugal with Contiki?

Explore like a local

When you’re not experiencing the street art of Cascais with a local guide, you’re skipping the tourist traps and being led on a truly authentic journey by your awesome Trip Manager. 

Go off-road

Walking tours? Sure. But we also sort out amazing experiences, like a buggy adventure at the Algarve or a boat cruise down the scenic Aveiro canals. 

Food, glorious food

Calling all foodies! From wine-tasting in Porto to sourcing the best (sometimes secret) seafood spots in Lisbon, our Portugal trips for 18-35s will help you eat your way around the country in style.


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Portugal tour reviews

This was my 6th Contiki tour and probably one of my favourite ones! I really enjoyed the sights we saw and the cities that we stopped in. 

- Melissa Bodnar, Spain and Portugal Highlights


The trip was amazing. Our tour manager Ken gave us plenty of choices of things to do and local places to check out. Had a lot of fun surfing and ATVing in Portugal.

- Anton Gasataya, Portugal City and Surf

Amazing trip and Maddy was a very knowledgeable tour guide! Would recommend her as a guide as she was very caring and helpful.

- Chantelle Schena, Best of Spain and Portugal


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What is the currency used in Portugal?

The currency is the Euro (EUR). Whichever way you wanna pay for things on your trip, whether it’s by debit, prepaid travel card or cash, it’s a good idea to check the exchange rate before you travel to get yourself a good deal.

When is the best time to visit Portugal?  

Spring through to mid summer (March - June) are usually considered the best times to visit Portugal. You’ll enjoy the best weather during these months, plus there’s a lot more going on when the sun’s out. But it’s one of those places that’s great any time of year. Have a look through our Portugal tours to find one that fits your schedule.

Do I need a visa to travel to Portugal?

You don’t need a visa to visit Portugal, so you’re all good to go! You can check other countries’ visa and travel requirements with our handy Visa Guide

What should I pack for a trip to Portugal?

It depends what time of year you’re travelling, but assuming you’re heading there during the warmer seasons, you’ll want to bring lightweight, breathable clothes, sunglasses and a sturdy backpack for sure.

What is ATM access like in Portugal?  

Portugal has excellent ATM access and you can use most major credit and debit cards in shops and to withdraw cash. If we’re heading somewhere rural where cash is preferred, we’ll make sure you’re sorted before we head off. 

How many days should I spend in Portugal? 

To get the most out of the experience, we’d recommend anything from 1 to 3 weeks. Check out our Portugal tours to see what trip lengths are on offer. 

What is the tipping culture in Portugal?

There isn’t a big tipping culture in Portugal, although in some more touristy places it tends to be encouraged. Wherever you are though, we’re sure that any cash tip will be greatly appreciated by the service staff. 

Is tap water safe to drink in Portugal?

Tap water in Portugal meets EU safety standards for drinking, so you can be sure that wherever you are you’ll be able to drink from the tap. Bottled water is also readily available if that’s your preference.

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