PLANNING YOUR TRIP
WHEN TO GO With Portugal’s growing popularity, the summer peak season can be busy – and expensive. Aim for the ‘shoulder’ seasons of spring and autumn for decent weather and fewer crowds.
GETTING THERE With flights from both Cape Town and Jo’burg, Air France, KLM and Joon offer easy connections to both Porto and Lisbon. TAAG, via Luanda, often has excellent special fares to Lisbon.
GETTING AROUND Both Lisbon and Porto have excellent public transport systems. Uber is easily accessible, and affordable. To explore the countryside, you’ll ideally need a hire car.
CURRENCY The currency is the Euro. At the time of going to print €1:R16,78. An espresso and pasteis de nata in neighbourhood cafés costs about €2 (about R34).
VISAS South African passport-holders require a Schengen visa to visit Portugal. Visit vfsglobal.com/ portugal/southafrica
USEFUL WEBSITE Visit Portugal portugal.co.za