PLAN­NING YOUR TRIP

South African Garden and Home - - Destinatio­ns -

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

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