Portugal 2024

Things To Know Before Traveling To Portugal in 2024

If you are planning your next trip to Portugal then you should read this article till the end. In this Portugal guide, you will get to know more about the latest travel guidelines that might affect your holiday. So, let’s begin! 

The most recent travel rules for Portugal that every traveler should know have been revealed below.

Travelers arriving from the UK have to follow the new visa system that is going to begin from 6th October 2024. In this system, the entry /exit will be an automated IT system that will register travelers arriving from third-countries to Portugal.

These would include tourists with short-stay visas, long-stay visas, and those who have exempt-visas. The system will record the name, traveling documents, biometric data, date of travel, and details of the area of entry and exit.

  • Since the end of 2023, a law was formed that has made new rules for local accommodation properties. These properties include guesthouses and hostels that have less than ten rooms as well as Airbnb properties.

As per the new rule, there won’t be any new openings until 2030. Moreover, the operational licenses have to be renewed every five years and a huge amount of new taxes have to be paid. This will have a bad effect on the growing tourist industry of Portugal and as a traveler, it will hurt your pockets.   

  • A new rail pass has been rolled out in the end of 2023, which has made traveling cheaper for tourists as well as locals. By buying this rail pass, you will be able to explore the entire coastline of Portugal for less than EUR 50.

Moreover, if you are planning for a longer holiday then you can buy the unlimited monthly train pass that costs EUR 49 only. In addition, this rail pass will grant access to almost all regional train networks wherein you can travel for unlimited number of rides. 

monthly train pass in Portugal

Some hidden gems of Portugal that you should visit on your next trip are provided below.

1. Alcoutim

A 90 minutes drive from central Algarve in Lagoa will take you to Alcoutim, which is a small rural town located on the border between Portugal and Spain. A single day would be enough to explore the area; but, the best part of this trip would be the amazing scenery that you would encounter on-route. Don’t forget to check out the Castle of Alcoutim that was built in the 13th century as well as numerous churches and restaurants.

Alcoutim portugal
Alcoutim portugal: screenshot taken from Things to do in Alcoutim, Algarve, Portugal (iberian-escapes.com) on April 2024

2. Mertola

Located in Beja, Mertola is also known as the ‘museum village’ because of its rich culture and heritage. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Mertola from Algarve by road. The main highlights of Mertola are its amazing castle that is positioned on top of the hill with the Guadiana River flowing below as well as strolling amongst the whitewashed houses on cobbled streets.

mertola portugal

3. Azenhas do Mar

Located on the coast of Sintra, Azenhas do Mar is a mesmerizing village that should be explored on your trip to Portugal. An hour’s drive from Lisbon or a 15 minutes drive from Sintra would take you to this picturesque postcard village. Once here, you should explore its real beauty by visiting the National Palace of Pena and the Castle of the Moors while sipping on some locally produced wine.

Azenhas do Mar  portugal

4. Monchique

Located 450 meters above sea level and considered to be the highest village in Algarve, the Monchique is a beautiful rural community with amazing traditional architecture. White houses with skirt chimneys that have their base as wide as the entire kitchen are worth checking out. Your walk through the narrow steep streets and green mountain ranges are certainly worth capturing through pictures and videos.

Monchique portugal

Few basic precautions that you should take while traveling to Portugal are highlighted underneath.

  • Always carry your photo identity with you.
  • Gambling is only legal in official casinos and licensed venues.
  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • During winter season, seas can be rough so always stay careful while entering the water.
  • Do not ignore the warning signs and advices given by locals.

Some traveling tips to keep in mind for your Portugal holiday are as follows.

  • Tourist visa is not required if your stay is under 90 days and within 180 days in the Schengen area.
  • In case you are not staying in a hotel or similar tourist accommodation then you have to register your presence with the Portuguese Immigration Service within 3 days of entering Portugal.
  • If traveling through European countries then US citizens can enter for up to 90 days without a visa.
  • Minors under the age of 18 years and traveling without parents or legal guardians are supposed to possess an authorization letter of parental consent to travel.

To conclude, Portugal is filled with mesmerizing cities, cobblestone villages, beautiful castles, and golden beaches. The best time to visit Portugal is in the months of March to May and between September and October when the weather is warm and perfect for having long walks on its streets. So, pack your bags and have a wonderful experience.

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