Coronavirus Travel Update – Holidays to Portugal During COVID-19
Now that British officials have finally added Portugal to the quarantine exemption list, we can’t help but get excited about holidays to Portugal this summer – and beyond. Indeed, with almost year-round sunshine, it is one of the best holiday choices in Europe. To find out the best holiday options to suit you, chat to one of our lovely Travel Consultants on 0208 127 4273 or check out some more inspiration below.
And if you want to know more about what it’s like in-destination then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been speaking to our experts on the ground – from Consultants to hotels and tourist boards – to build a better picture of what your holiday could look like. Find out more below:
Egg tarts aplenty! Portugal is in the process of reopening as many of its attractions, restaurants and sights, so travellers can really see the best of this wonderful country. It’s worth noting that many of these things will have reduced capacity/services, so we recommend pre-booking activities and restaurant reservations where possible.
Restaurants, cafes, monuments, museums, zoos and aquariums are all open to visitors, however social distancing and the use of face masks is in place where indicated. Visit Portugal has even created a ‘Clean & Safe’ badge – this will be displayed in hotels, eateries and tourist attractions that have been given a government stamp of approval for cleanliness and hygiene.
For those heading to the seafront, beaches are also open, however numbers are limited and most areas are being patrolled to ensure social distancing is taking place. Parasols are placed 3 metres apart and a traffic light system indicating levels of occupancy at each particular beach has also been introduced. Public transport is up and running, with reduced capacity onboard trains and buses.
Campsites are limited to 2/3 of their usual capacity.
Holidaymakers in Portugal are encouraged to keep 2 metres distance from other people and should use face masks wherever advised/signposted – including in attractions (such as museums and zoo) and other public places. Face masks/coverings are also mandatory on all public transport. As such, we recommend always carrying a face mask with you.
Eating at a McDonald’s might not seem like a particularly cool or unusual thing to do anywhere, let alone Portugal, say our experts. However, the McDonald’s Imperial in Porto is unique, in that it is probably the most beautiful, luxurious McDonald’s on the planet. Sure, the food is no different than at any other McDonald’s, but the setting is a whole different matter. It’s even got chandeliers! Find out more here.
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