Portugal, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and its larger neighbour Spain, is the perfect starting point for exploring Europe and beyond. Currency is the Euro, which is especially handy if your destination is part of the European Union. If you need a little help in deciding where to spend that precious vacation time, head on over to the Skyscanner website and pull up the To Everywhere map. You'll get an overall view of non-stop and multi-stop destinations from Portugal's airports. Skyscanner also helps you with hotel and car rental bookings. What are you waiting for?
Airports and Airlines in Portugal
- Lisbon Portela International Airport (LIS) is the largest in Portugal. Located six kilometres from Lisbon's city centre, the airport is usually a 14-minute drive. Consisting of one main passenger terminal and an additional cargo terminal, Lisbon Airport provides service to several European cities, as well as destinations in Africa, South America and North America. Major carriers such as Air France, KLM and Lufthansa share space with regional carriers including TAP Portugal, Brussels Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Lisbon Airport can feel crowded during peak travel periods but the passenger terminal is well equipped with shops, restaurants and business lounges.
- North of Lisbon, near the Spanish border, is the coastal town of Porto. The Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, or Porto Airport (OPO), is about 13 kilometres north of the city centre. It's the second busiest airport in the country, often the choice of sports teams arriving for games. Airlines using the one-terminal facility include TAP Portugal, Ryanair and EasyJet. The full service facility also includes free Wi-Fi throughout.
- The Azores are a group of Portuguese islands west of the mainland. One of the larger islands is Ponta Delgada, home to the Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL). Ryanair, TAP Portugal and Azores Airlines provide service between the islands and mainland Europe, with connections to points beyond. The single-terminal airport is easy to navigate and offers an assortment of passenger services, including free Wi-Fi. The facilities shut down after the last flight arrival, usually around midnight and then open up at around 5:30 am.
Popular Places to Go from Portugal
- Barcelona, Spain, is the seaside city where artist-architect Antonio Gaudi left his sizeable mark. His fluidic creations dominate much of the skyline, including the Casa Vicens, a private residence that's listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The still unfinished La Sagrada Familia, a cathedral where Gaudi's original plans keep changing, is open for tours.. The wide, pedestrian-only Las Ramblas is home to shops, restaurants, nightclubs and close to many hotels. Fronting the Mediterranean Sea, the Boardwalk is another spot for an entertaining stretch of the legs. Arguably the best view of Barcelona is from Montjuic Castle, set high on a hill overlooking the city. Take the cable car from downtown to the castle grounds.
- 'Tis said that inside most pubs in Dublin you'll find a poet, a writer, a fiddler and almost anything in-between. 'Tis also said that Dublin is the home of the rich, dark brew known as Guinness. Both statements are true. This capital of the Republic of Ireland is also rich in history. This is where you find Trinity University, keeper of the Book of Kells, a colourful, richly decorated book dating back to the 9th century. St Patrick's Cathedral, finished in 1191, and Dublin Castle, completed in 1204 are also worth a look. Fast forward a few centuries and visit the General Post Office on O'Connell Street, site of the Easter 1916 rising, where Irishmen declared sovereignty. To lighten the mood, head back toward the Liffey River and find the Molly Malone statue, named after the popular song. The statue's somewhat bawdy nickname is "Floozie in the Jacuzzi" so be prepared for a joke or two.
- Known as the City of Lights, and a magnet for artists, writers and romantics from around the globe, Paris, France, is a sophisticated, historic and fun destination. Get your bearings on the city from the top of the 324-metre tall Eiffel Tower. An elevator takes you to an observation deck offering a panoramic view of your surroundings. Visit the Louve, once a palace but now a museum housing Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and other artistic treasures. Walk inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral to see the sunlight filter through stained glass windows dating back to the 13th century. Take a leisurely stroll along the Avenue Champs-Elysees and watch modern-day artists at work. Find a sidewalk café and indulge in decadent French pastry while doing some serious people-watching.