Portugal travel advice
Portugal currently uses the Euro as its currency like many other countries within the European Union. The main language is Portuguese, but English is also widely spoken, while Spanish and French are used by a small percentage of the population as well.
Drivers in Portugal use the right-hand side of the road, and currently a British driving licence can be used to hire and drive a car in the country. This could change if the UK leaves the European Union with no deal, and you would instead require an International Driving Permit.
There is no time difference between Portugal and the UK, making it the only country in mainland Europe where you don’t have to adjust the time on your watch.
The emergency services in Portugal can be contacted by calling 112, while the British Embassy is located in Lisbon and can be contacted on +351 21 392 4000.
Things to do in Portugal
Portugal has plenty to offer and provides a variety of options for holidaymakers whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled trip, or the chance to relax and unwind at the beach.
Lisbon is one of the main destinations for tourists, with the capital city offering plenty to keep you busy during your break. Visitors can see some stunning architecture, while the limestone paving, known as calcada portuguesa, is a well-known trademark of the city.
There are also plenty of shopping outlets and markets to visit if you’re interested in picking up local foods and fashion, while the restaurants are a perfect spot for fans of seafood.
In central Portugal there is the The Alcobaca Monastery, which was first established in 1153. The Roman Catholic complex was among the first gothic buildings to be built in the country. The monastery has a long history and it is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list.
Golf in Portugal
Portugal has become a favourite destination for golf fans, providing warm weather and several high standard courses. The country has won the World’s Best Golf Destination award five years in a row at the World Golf Awards.
Some of the most popular choices for golf courses include Monte Rei, West Cliffs and San Lorenzo, with each offering unique challenges and stunning views for any player who steps onto the green.
If you do plan to play golf during your trip, you can protect your equipment from theft, loss or damage up to £1,000 with additional golf cover. We also provide you with cover for hiring replacement equipment, while you are also protected for loss of green fees.
There are also plenty of other activities that you can get involved with on your holiday, including mountain hikes, surfing, zip-lining and scuba diving. Many of these are part of the 150 activities that are covered for free with Columbus Direct travel insurance*.
*Scuba diving is restricted to 30 metres, and surfing has no cover under the Personal Liability section.