KNOWN for its beautiful beaches, proverbial pastries and its rich history, Brits have struck gold with Portugal being added to the green list.

So as swarms of holidaymakers set to jet off to the stunning country, we take a look at exactly what it has to offer.

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Where can I stay in Portugal?

The vast southern European country has a realm of regions to choose from, which each offers something for everyone.

From family holidays to adventures for the explorers, its diverse terrain brings a multitude of opportunities.


If you're looking for sandy beaches, family fun, and a lively atmosphere, Albufeira might be the place for you.

The once peaceful fishing village has now earned its place as the Algarve's most sought-after holiday destination.

Favoured by Brits, it boasts an energetic nightlife scene – with a large number of boozers being run by expats. A home away from home, with a lot more sunshine.


This postcard perfect place has earned the reputation of one of the coolest cities in Europe.

As one of the world's oldest cities, Lisbon's historical roots are at the forefront – just think of their iconic wooden trams. Its character perfectly blends with the striking modern architecture and bright coloured buildings.

With a buzzing nightlife, enough shops for you to drop, cheap beer and delicious food, the busy capital is the perfect place for a break.


The birthplace of Madeira wine is the perfect place to soak up the sun.

The Portuguese island is renowned for its lustful landscapes and extensive network of hiking trails, such as the Levadas.

If you fancy taking a long hike or playing a relaxing round of golf and later snacking on some seafood while sinking a few glasses of Madeira wine, head to this lowkey luxury getaway spot.


Porto is quickly becoming one of Europe's most popular cities, thanks to its beauty and brilliant weather.

Its stunning Old Town sits on the picturesque Douro River and is that precious it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The second largest metropolis after Lisbon has plenty of port wine cellars to explore and it is certainly worth squeezing in a trip to the extraordinary 14th-century São Francisco church.

What is there to do in Portugal?

Apart from sinking your feet into the sand and catching some rays, what else can you do in Portugal?

Whether you want to take a ride through Lisbon on a rail tour, cycle through the city streets, or head for a wine tasting at one of the country's amazing vineyards – there is so much to do.

Take a trip to one of the treasured landmarks – or see them from a cable cart – check out Madeira's waterfalls and peaks, or spend a few hours scouring through the hundreds of shops.

The country is a big golfing haven too, boasting the perfect views to bag a hole-in-one in.

And most importantly, try the delicious food Portugal has to offer. Whether it is a Portuguese tart or grilled fish – the country's authentic food is its international calling card.

What is Portugal's green list travel status?

Portugal has been put on the UK's green list for travel thanks to its low numbers of Covid cases.

Last week the country reported no new daily Covid deaths over 24 hours, the first time since August.

Non-essential travel is now permitted, and Brits can swerve the 10 day isolation period upon returning from abroad.

Tests will still be required, with a pre-arrival test before returning to the UK, and a second test on day two.

Travel agent Thomas Cook said bookings for the country had gone "through the roof" after Friday's announcement.

What are the coronavirus travel rules in Portugal?

Pinned to permit travel as soon as mid-May, Portugal are keen for tourists to get back to the beautiful country.

The borders remain shut for Brits at the moment, but they promise a "restriction-free" trip for vaccinated holidaymakers or those with a negative Covid test.

Anyone returning to Britain must take pre-departure tests up to 72 hours before travel, which can be a lateral flow or PCR test.

Quarantine or additional testing is not needed upon return, unless the post-arrival test is positive.

The next UK review is set to take place in three weeks – on May 28.

Rita Marques, Portugal's secretary of state for tourism, told the BBC: “I do believe that Portugal will soon allow restriction-free travel.

"We hope to welcome British tourists from 17 May. Everything will be ready by mid-May."

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