Planning a trip to Portugal?

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Thinking about a future trip to pretty Portugal? Here's everything you need to know about Portugal and what it has to offer...

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • National Language: Portuguese 
  • Time difference: Shares the same time zone as the UK
  • Flight time: Flights to Portugal from the UK take on average two to three hours

Lisbon, Portugal

Now, let's talk Portugal...

Did you know?

Portugal is birthplace to some of the world's first explorers. Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, the beaches along Portugal's rugged coastline are perfect for anyone looking to relax by the sea. Whilst away from the seaside you’ll discover historic towns with fairy-tale castles, cities with world-class restaurants and countryside that begs to be explored...

Ferdinand Magellan was the first person to circumnavigate the globe; Vasco de Gama discovered the sea route to India; Bartholomew Diaz was the first to sail around the southern tip of Africa, which he called the Cape of Good Hope; and Álvares Cabral and others discovered new lands, including Brazil, parts of Africa and the Far East, claiming them for Portugal.

Named after the celebrated explorer, the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon is 10.5 miles long, making it the longest in Europe

Ancient history 

Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, is older than Rome and among the oldest cities in Europe, with archaeological finds dating back to 1200 BC.

Lisbon was devastated by a major earthquake in 1755.

Although the city was rebuilt within a few years, the quake led to the country losing much of its wealth and status.

Portugal is named after its second largest city, Porto, the Latin name of which was Portus Cale.

Leader in renewal energy

Portugal is a world leader in renewable energy. By July 2014 around 70 percent of its energy came from renewable sources such as wind, hydro and solar power.

One of the largest solar farms in the world is located in south-east Portugal.

Portugal has a coastline spanning 497 miles and it's known to have 364 days of surf, making it one of the world's top surf spots.


Cobblestoned streets, vineyards, castles and stunning beaches

Portugal is in south-western Europe. The country also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean.

With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and many miles of stunning beaches, Portugal makes for a great holiday destination all year round.

Portugal is one of the Europe's least expensive destinations, with simple meals and drinks, accommodation and public transport, pretty good value. The main tourist hotspots of Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve are the most expensive places to visit, but even here you’ll get a better deal on most things than in many other European countries.

As a responsible travel insurer we always recommend you check for the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice before visiting any country. Read the latest FCDO advice for Portugal.

What does our travel insurance cover? 

Our travel insurance for Portugal offers:

• Up to £10 million of emergency medical cover
• Compensation of up to £10,000 if you have to cancel your trip
• Cover for groups of up to 10 people on one policy
• Cover for travellers over the age of 65.

If you’re a frequent traveller, you may want to think about multi-trip cover. 

Optional extras can be added to protect you against theft of bags and their contents, valuables and money. If you’ve got an action-packed trip planned, check the activities covered in our policies to make sure yours are included.

Just be mindful if you’re looking to get a job during your trip to Portugal that work-related incidents are not covered. 

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