A list of 11 things tourists should never do in Portugal, according to the international tourism website The Culture Trip.
The cultural trip was enchanted by Portugal. This international website dedicated to the tourism sector claims that “everyone should visit Portugal at least once in their life and explore as many parts of the country as possible”.
Therefore, he claims that Portugal has a fantastic heritage, highlighting the beautiful beaches and quality cuisine, as some of the countless reasons that can justify a trip to our country.
However, The Culture Trip warns that, as in any other country, there are always rules to be respected to ensure that the experience is lived in the best way. The Culture Trip has posted some unmissable tips that every tourist should know.
11 things tourists should never do in Portugal
1 – Forget about sunscreen
Portugal has an incredible climate that lasts (almost) all year round. The sun is present during most of the year and can cause problems for the most forgetful tourist. Those who love famous beaches, those who love picnics or those who love hiking will have many opportunities to spend unforgettable moments. However, you should never forget to take sunscreen (and face cream), even during the winter, so as not to leave painful marks on the skin.
2 – Leave your hiking shoes at home
It is advisable not to leave footwear suitable for hiking at home. In Portugal there are parallel roads that generate discomfort. There are still a lot of steep streets in big cities. Dirt paths in the countryside and sand walks along the coast can cause foot damage. Therefore, the use of suitable shoes is mandatory.
3 – Assuming that driving is always the best way to explore
Although there are several landmarks and villages within easy driving distance, tourists should keep in mind that public transportation may prove to be a better option. The busiest places can be reached by train or bus. Public transport saves on the price and also avoids the frustrations of traffic and finding a parking space.
4 – Communicate in Spanish
People in Portugal speak Portuguese and not Spanish. The Portuguese communicate better in English (taught in schools) than in Spanish, especially the younger ones. English-language films and television programs are shown in Portugal in their original language, which allows for some ease in using the English language.
5 – Be shy and avoid trying new things
The Portuguese are a welcoming people. They love to share their culture. Those who visit this wonderful country should take the opportunity to try new things, during their visit they should taste food and try different things.
6 – Be arrogant with your swimming skills
Visiting beaches and trying water sports is a sensible and always fun decision. However, be aware that the Atlantic Ocean can be challenging and some beaches have large rocks. Beaches like Nazaré and Peniche are known for having gigantic waves that scare away even professional surfers. Know the conditions of the beaches well before diving.
7 – Neglecting architecture
The architecture of this country is impressive. It would be a big mistake to be in Portugal and not take the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful buildings in the country. Eduardo Souto de Moura and Álvaro Siza Vieira are two Portuguese names with works in contemporary architecture, but there are historical works that deserve the attention of visitors. The traditional Manueline style is present in emblematic buildings.
8 – Eating in tourist centers
Tourist centers are more expensive and do not have the same quality. There are several traditional restaurants featuring the best typical dishes of their region. In addition, they usually serve in larger quantities, with better value for money.
9 – Lunch before 1pm or dinner before 7pm
Lunch is usually served, in most parts of the country, after 1pm, between 1pm and 3pm. Dinner starts only after 7pm or 8pm and can last until 11pm (depending on the region or city). Kitchens (and sometimes entire restaurants) are often closed during these hours.
10 – Drink a lot
Drinking is part of the experience, particularly in a country where there is quality wine and beer. However, it is always a mistake to drink too much, damaging the experience of being in a country full of attractions. The Culture Trip warns: “Drinking too much while visiting a foreign country is never a good idea, even if that country has a reputation for being safe, like Portugal.”
11 – Stay only in big cities
Lisbon and Porto are truly wonderful cities, but the country has many other destinations that are worth a visit. The Alentejo or the Algarve, the center of Portugal, the islands, in the rest of the country there is no shortage of truly fascinating destinations.
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