|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 1% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||February||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 758||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 574||From Toronto to Lisbon|
C$ 675 - C$ 1406
15 - 29 °C
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When to fly to Portugal
Even in wintertime, the Algarve enjoys balmy temperatures. The average temperature is 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit). Summer temperatures hover about the mid-20s (70s F), soaring to 30 degrees (86F) in July and August. Madeira and the Azores have mild temperatures all year. Temperatures range between 19 degrees (66F) (winter) and 24 degrees (75F) (summer). In the north of Portugal, summer temperatures are in the mid-20s (70s F); winters are rainy and cool.
Portugal is a four-season destination and it’s difficult to select a bad time to book cheap flights to Portugal, Madeira and the Azores. Winters in the north of the country are colder and rainier. The Serra da Estrela mountains get some snowfall. There is a small ski resort at the summit – the Vodafone Ski Resort.
Portugal is located at the southwestern tip of Europe. It’s the “face” of Europe in the same way that Italy is Europe’s “boot”. Staring out into the Atlantic Ocean, it was from here that the explorers sailed around the world, discovering new lands.
More recently, Portugal has become synonymous with bucket-and-spade Algarve vacations. In addition to its beautiful beaches, Portugal has a rich cultural heritage, bounteous natural attractions such as reserves, parks, an untamed Atlantic coast, gorgeous islands (the Azores, Madeira), and a friendly and welcoming people. All are excellent reasons for booking cheap airline tickets to Portugal. Once you get there, you’ll be entranced by the easygoing Portuguese way of life.
An added bonus is that Portugal is, still, a comparatively inexpensive European destination. Lisbon, its capital, is set across seven hills and bordered by the River Tagus. Apart from its charming neighbourhoods and its fado singing clubs, bars and restaurants, one of the best things is using its public transportation. Funiculars and an elevator connect the lower and upper parts of the city.
If you are travelling out of Canada and heading to Portugal, the length of the flight will vary based on your origin country. If you have a flight from Vancouver to Lisbon it will generally take about 11h and 46m. those who are travelling from Montreal to Lisbon will find that the flight is around 15h and 55m, although Air Canada does offer a flight that is 11h 40m. Of course, this will depend on a range of other factors. The number of stops and the length of the stopovers, as well as the time it takes for takeoff and landing will factor into the overall flight time.
You will find that there are unfortunately not any direct flights from Montreal or Vancouver to Portugal. However, those cities do offer quite a few flights that have only one stop. Air France and Delta Airlines offer one-stop flight deals to Portugal that will have one stop in Paris before heading on to the destination. If you are travelling from Vancouver, Air France and Air Canada have one-stop flights. Air France stops in Paris, while Air Canada has a stopover in Newark, NK. In addition to Toronto and Vancouver, you will also find one-stop flights from Montreal.
Air travel tends to be an easy way to cross large distances in Portugal quickly and could be a good option for travellers like yourself. Some of the airlines in Portugal include TAP Portugal, Portugalia Airlines, RyanAir, and EasyJet. ALSA and EVA buses travel through many different areas of the country and through the cities. Other options include the metro systems within cities like Lisbon and Porto, as well as taxis, and rental cars.
When you are travelling to Portugal, you will find that there are plenty of different types of attractions and sights to see. You can visit the many different beaches, such as Matosinhos Beach. You could spend some time visiting the “National Palace of Sintra, or the Oceanario de Lisbona, which is a large aquarium with a range of sea creatures. Visit Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a church and monastery that features intricately detailed architecture. Some of the other locations that you might want to experience while in the country include Convento do Cristo, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, a museum filled with a wide range of artifacts.
If you are heading to Portugal, you will not need to have a visa, but you will need to have a valid passport. The passport will need to be valid for three months beyond the length of stay and it needs to have been issued within the last 10 years. Nationals of Canada can stay in the country for up to 90 days without a visa.
Summers in Portugal can reach 29 C and are hot and dry. It’s quite nice on the coast though, where the eastern sea breezes cool the summer air. The northwest parts of the country get heavy rains from the end of November through the beginning of March.
Once you’ve landed on cheap flights to Portugal, domestic flights are served by TAP Air Portugal. The national airline flies between Faro, Lisbon, Porto, the Azores and Madeira. On the Azores, there are airports in Ponta Delgada, Santa Maria and Angra. There are inter-island flights and ferries too.
The bus network is good and inexpensive and links Portugal’s biggest towns and cities. The Alfa Pendular train runs from Braga (to the north of Porto) to Lisbon and on to Faro. Intercity and regional trains offer a good network throughout the country.
Lisbon has an underground metro system. Using one of Lisbon’s old elevadores (funicular railways) is a tourist must-do.
Auto Jardim, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Nationa/Alamo, Rentauto and Sixt are some of the car rental companies that can be found at the major airports.
Taxis are also relatively inexpensive.