What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Portugal?
You would be forgiven for thinking about white sandy beaches, crystal clear and tranquil seas, and cocktails by the pool. The oldest country in Europe (established around 1200B.C) has plenty more to offer than sun, sea, and sand. Historically significant, culturally diverse and beautifully contrasting landscapes, Portugal has so much to offer and is the perfect place to explore.
Where is Portugal?
Located in southern Europe, bordered by Spain to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and on the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal quickly developed a reputation through trade and was a powerhouse of a maritime empire. In fact, Portugal is the first European country to travel to Japan in the 1600s and even influenced parts of the language.
Arrive In Style
Boasting an impressive 40 airports that cater specifically to private jets, Portugal is easily accessible. The average flight time from the UK is less than 3 hours (depending on where you are flying from). All of the airports offer fantastic links to the many wonders on offer. The main airport is located in the capital city of Lisbon and has over 30 million people travelling through each year.
With a population of just under 3 million and being 2,700 years old, the capital city of Lisbon is a treasure trove of historical and cultural magnificence. From Medieval buildings and antiquities to sublime vistas and elegant festivals. Lisbon is a capital city that is very people friendly.
No visit to Lisbon is complete without stopping by Belém for a Pastéis de Nata (custard tart). The Pastéis de Nata was created here during the 1800s by a monk. He sold the recipe to the ancestors of the current owners in exchange for a room. The formula is now a tight secret that only members of the family know. Unbelievably they make over 24,000 of these creamy and sweet snacks created a day. Each of the makers only know the part of the recipe that they are responsible for and are not allowed to talk to each other.
There are 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Portugal, each one boasting stunning and immersive experiences, boosting tourism to the country, making it one of the top 20 visited destinations in the world.
Top Tips for Visiting Portugal
Visit any time of year
Portuguese beaches can be teeming with people during the height of Summer. Beat the crowds and go in Autumn when the sea reaches its warmest temperatures (21°C in October).
The Local Cuisine
Don’t be afraid to sample the fresh fish and seafood. The Portuguese are proud of their maritime heritage, and a love of seafood will get you far! The national dish is Salt Cod and grilled Sardines, which are simply delicious.
Wear comfortable shoes
When in Portugal, whether you’re relaxing at the beach, on a city break, or want to get away from it all in the peaceful countryside; comfortable, sturdy footwear is a must, the average daily steps are in excess of 25,000!
A Truly Unique Experience
Whatever your reason to travel to Portugal, booking with Admiral Jet will provide you with the standard of service that you deserve. Contact our team today to charter a private jet to the wonderful Portugal!