The often overlooked nation is the oldest in Europe, having had the same boundaries since 1139. Unfortunately, however incredibly fun-packed Portugal is, it’s also possible to get into some trouble if you’re not careful, so here are 5 Things NOT To Do in Portugal.
1. Don’t Speak Spanish
Portuguese people speak Portuguese, which is an entirely different language than Spanish. A Portuguese person may get annoyed if you assume they’re close enough to pass. Also, Portuguese people are not “Hispanic”.
2. Don’t Miss The Surf
Not only does Portugal have some of the world’s best beaches, it’s also got one of the most surf-friendly coastlines in the world. Nearly 500 miles long, the Portuguese coastline boasts solid surf all year round.
3. Don’t Go in July or August
These two months of the year are the hottest and busiest months of the year. If you plan to visit during the off-season, you’ll find the prices more agreeable and the beaches a little less crowded.
4. Don’t Get Suckered by a Terrible Fado Show
There are lots of places that claim to offer dinner and a Fado show and then they’ll charge you an arm and a leg for a mediocre experience. If you look around, however, you can find some truly talented performers who do shows for cheap or even free.
5. Don’t Forget Coimbra
If you’d like to visit a place that’s simply dripping with old world charm, Coimbra is it. You should plan to stay for at least a few days, and wander around the beautiful little town that’s home to one of Europe’s oldest universities.
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