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Portugal is one of the jewels of Europe. Its beautiful location, friendly people, and incredible food make it a popular destination for visitors, especially those who travel from the UK. If done right, Portugal could be one of the most budget-friendly destinations in Western Europe.

From the rich culture of Lisbon to the magical shores of the Algarve, prepare to be amazed at the incredible variety of castles, beaches, natural beauty, and stunning cities that Portugal has to offer.

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Tips or Family Travel in Portugal

Family travel in Portugal is AMAZING! The food is inexpensive and delicious. There are magical towns and historical castles everywhere. The Algarve has some of the best beaches in the world. And for those traveling to Portugal with kids, the locals will generally treat you like gold. Portugal is a popular destination for travelers in countries like the U.K. since it’s very close. Also, one’s dollar goes a long way here.

Our family travel to Portugal guide will give you everything you need to start planning your trip here. If you’re new to international family travel, I highly recommend checking out our well-researched trip planning resources. It’s full of proven family travel hacks.

  • Currency
    • Portugal is a member of the European Union and uses the Euro currency. The average value is approximately $1.20 USD. You can check the current exchange rate here.
  • Capital
    • The Capital of Portugal is Lisbon. This vibrant city is a favorite among travelers due to its beauty, scenic views, and incredible history.
  • Electricity
    • Portugal uses the Type F socket at 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Cellular Phone Service
    • Cell phone service is readily available throughout most of Portugal. I have used the Airalo eSim app for all of my international travel.
  • Roads, Driving, and Public Transit
    • Portugal has a series of well-maintained roads and highways. Traffic on local roads in Portugal can be heavy, especially in urban areas.
    • There is also a series of toll highways in Portugal. The highways have both upper and lower limits but expect traffic to be moving at all speeds and be cautious.
  • Portugal with Kids
    • Portugal is a great destination for family travel. Its pedestrian-friendly cities, amazing history, and beautiful buildings are great for capturing the minds of people of all ages. We especially loved the dinosaur footprints monument.

Important Words And Phrases To Know When Traveling In Portugal

The Portuguese language can be found throughout much of the world. In the America, it’s spoken widely in destinations such as Brazil. It has many similarities to Spanish, which makes translating between the two languages easier. But, it’s very much its own language.

It’s always good to be able to say a few words in the local dialect whenever you visit a country. So here are a few important Portuguese words to remember.

Important Portuguese Words To Know:

Yes: Sim

No: Não

Thank You: Obrigado

Thank You Very Much: Muito obrigado

You’re Welcome: De nada

Please: Desculpa

Excuse Me: Desculpa

Hello: Olá

Goodbye: Adeus

Bathroom: Banheiro

How To Stay Connected And Get Internet And Phone Service In Europe

Most major cities throughout Europe have excellent cellular service. If you have an older phone, I highly recommend purchasing a sim either at the airport or as one of your first stops on your travels.

If you have a newer eSim capable phone, you can save yourself time by purchasing an eSim ahead of time and having it activated before you arrive.

There are many companies that offer this service. I have used Airalo for years. It has been seamless in over ten countries. They have World, Regional, and Country-Specific eSims available. The price goes down the more specific you get. The regional sims allow for easy country-hopping if you are visiting multiple destinations.

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