History, culture and nature in perfect balance
Why visit Portugal
Portugal has an exceptional range of well-protected landscapes and nature areas, lots of leisure activities and an overwhelming cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together. Its cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a great destination for the responsible traveller. In March 2019, Portugal won the Best of Europe Award for sustainable tourism at ITB Berlin, the world's leading tourism fair.
Nine destinations in Portugal are committed to sustainable tourism. They are participating in the programs of Green Destinations and QualityCoast and their performance are checked every two years by an independent auditor. Check them out below under “Recommended Destinations”.
Portugal has a strong commitment with sustainable and green tourism. Ten destinations participate in Green Destinations' programs, trying to preserve their true values and to avoid over-tourism. The national Secretary of State for Tourism and Turismo de Portugal have joined Green Destinations' Global Leaders Program.
By rail: CP (Portuguese railways) offers train services from Vigo, Madrid and Paris.
By coach: International routes are operated by Eurolines, Internorte and FlixBus.
By air: Airports all over the country facilitate international connections. Don’t forget to offset your carbon footprint if you choose to travel by plane.
Tourism & People
Portugal has been very successful in attracting visitors, and some hotspots can be overcrowded during high season. Especially in Lisbon residents are hoping to prevent over-tourism and the government is planning control measures.
Portugese people are genuinely friendly and hospitable and keen to ensure safety and security for their guests.
Human rights are very well respected in Portugal.