Our Portugal travel advisors are unmatched in their level of expertise. In order to be designated a Portugal specialist, our consultants must not only be experienced in designing travel, they must also spend extensive time in the country. They are constantly researching the best properties and places to see and experience. You can be confident that you have found the top source for information and travel opportunities in Portugal. Contact our Portugal travel advisor above to get started.
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When is the best time to visit Portugal?
The climate is very similar to the state of California. It is fairly dry and mild throughout the year. It tends to be breezier and cooler near the coast and dryer and warmer the more inland you travel. Autumn and spring are the best times to visit, as they experience the mildest temperatures. Summer can be quite hot in Portugal, and it also the busiest tourist season so many areas can become quite crowded. We also recommend visiting in the winter, during the holidays or in January or February. Temperatures are still fairly mild, and they rarely experience snow.
Is there good golf in Portugal?
Yes! In fact, most people do not realize that Portugal is the home to the 2nd oldest golf course in Europe. The Algrave region in the south boasts world-renowned golf. This region has more than 30 golf courses, many with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. The areas surround the capital of Lisbon also feature fabulous golf courses.
What are the general tipping guidelines in Portugal?
Generally, porters and bellmen should be tipped around 2 euro per bag and maids should be tipped 1 euro per night. Restaurants are a bit different, as it depends on how upscale the venue is. For expensive restaurants, tipping is expected and is about 10-15% of the total bill. However, in more casual dining venues, tipping is totally optional. 10% is a good rule of thumb, although many people simply round up to the next euro.
Brownell Preferred Properties
Brownell uses a world-wide network of connections to select the perfect property for your unique tastes, interests and budget. The map below features a few of our preferred properties - from charming independent hotels to luxurious five-star resorts.
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