Portugal has a mild Mediterranean climate with over 300 days of sun per year. It’s the perfect place to spend time outdoors biking, hiking, sunbathing, or spending the afternoon in an outdoor cafe with friends. Lisbon is the sunniest European capital. It has some of Europe's mildest weather in the winter and pleasant summers.
World Travel Awards - Portugal 2017
"Portugal was voted Best Destination of the World at the World Travel Awards. Lisbon is the Best Destination for City Break"
Source: World Travel Awards
20 tasty ways to eat your way through Portugal
“From the freshest seafood to its golden olive oil, Portuguese food may be the most underrated cuisine in Europe. Even better, the seaside nation boasts a wide range of wines to go with its dishes.”
Source: CNN Travel (Paul Ames)
The most famous secret in Europe
"t's known as the most famous secret in Europe - The Algarve. Discover why the southern coast of Portugal is perfect for a Great Escape."
Capital and largest city Lisbon
Other importante cities: Porto, Braga, Coimbra, Faro
Official languages Portuguese
Ethnic groups (2011) 96.3% Portuguese / 3.7% others
1 January - New Years Day
14 April - Good Friday (Friday before Eastern, 2017)
25 April - Freedom Day (Democratic revolution in 1974)
1 May - Labour Day
10 June - Portugal Day
13 June - Feast of St. Anthony (only Lisbon)
15 June - Corpus Christi
24 June - Feast of St. John the Baptist (Porto only)
15 August - Assumption Day
5 October - Republic Day
1 November - All Saints Day
1 December - Restoration Day
8 December - Immaculate Conception Day
25 December - Christmas Day
Total Area 92,212 km2 / 35,603 sq mi (incuding Azores and Madeira)
Population 2016 estimate 10,325,500
Time zone WET (UTC) / AZOT (UTC−1)
(Mainland Portugal and Madeira use WET/WEST, the Azores use AZOT/AZOST)
Antipodes New Zealand and Pacific Ocean
Currency Euro (€) (EUR)
Calling code +351
Drives on the right
The summer season is 6 months long, lasting from May to October, with average temperatures of 25°C (77°F) during the day and 16.2°C (61.2°F) at night.
December, January and February are the coldest and rainiest months, with an average daytime temperature during these 3 months of 15°C (60°F) and 9°C (48°F) at night.