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Portugal is no longer considered a virus variant area as of March 12, 2021.
Portugal has declared a state of emergency. Due to the current situation, restrictions on public campsites are to be expected.
Our tip: Avoid traveling abroad and discover some nice places in your surroundings. This way you will avoid contact with large crowds and be out in the fresh air.
We wish you all the best and good health these days.
No, in Portugal, wild camping is officially not allowed. Since the beginning of 2021, according to the Highway Code, it is no longer allowed to stay in your motorhome or campervan between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. if it is not on an official pitch.
Especially in the high season, and in the popular tourist areas, wild camping and standing free is forbidden in Portugal. Although the law is strict, it is not always enforced. If you are caught, a place ban might be imposed. Furthermore, penalties of up to 600 € can be incurred.
If you follow the general rules of conduct for wild camping, authorities and residents will tolerate your stay. Also, you should consider the following things:
You should especially avoid nature reserves and nature parks, as the penalties are higher than in other areas. Sometimes, up to 2000 € is due.
Portugal is becoming more and more a popular tourist destination, especially among campers. The idea of being woken up by the sound of the sea and the sun's rays is attracting more and more people every year. But the increased number of campers also has disadvantages. Especially on beaches, wild campers are being treated harder, as there are often large groups and the residents feel disturbed. If you pay attention to a few things, however, wild camping will continue to be tolerated by the authorities and residents.
If you are on the motorway in Portugal with your camper or motorhome, you have to pay tolls. A distinction is made between a normal toll or an electronic toll. In areas where you have to pay an electronic toll, you will see a blue sign with an "electronic toll only." There are three ways to pay tolls.
Portuguese are very friendly towards campers. If you behave inconspicuously and don't bother the residents, they will turn a blind eye. It is important to keep your camp as small as possible. If you spend the night in a tent or your campervan, it is usually not a problem. However, if you give the impression that you want to camp for a longer period, you might be visited by the authorities.
Choose the right region
In tourist areas, such as Lisbon or the Algarve in the south of the country, wild camping is strictly controlled. In the north, however, there are extensive areas that are almost uninhabited. In these areas, law enforcement officers tend to look the other way. Especially in the mountains and wine regions, you will find almost untouched nature and have hardly anything to fear. There are also beaches where you can camp.
The most western country in Europe is not only known for its beautiful beaches and idyllic villages. Port wine from Portugal is also popular all over the world. And of course, everyone knows that Portugal is the national sport, even if they have only been able to celebrate one international success so far. But did you know that Portugal is also home to the oldest bookshop in the world? Or that this is the longest bridge in Europe? We have picked out a few facts about Portugal to give you a better overview of the country.
Fact #1 - Capital of South America
Today, the Portuguese capital is Lisbon. From 1808 to 1821, however, the Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro was the official capital of Portugal. The reason for this was the flight of the then king to the colony Brazil.
Fact #2 - The British Tea-Time comes from Portugal
The English owe their national drink to the Portuguese. Catherine of Braganza brought her favorite drink to the island with her after her wedding with the English King Charles II.
Fact #3 - Bookshop
The oldest still operating bookstore in the world can be found in Lisbon. The Livraria Bertrand was opened in 1732 in the Chiado district and has been on the same site ever since.
Fact #4 - The oldest alliance
Portugal has the oldest diplomatic alliance in Europe. In 1373 Portugal allied with England, the Treaty of Windsor. In it, the countries assured themselves of eternal economic and military cooperation.
Fact #5 - Construction times
The Igreja de Santa Engrácia is the church with the longest construction period in the world. How long? 285 years. The first stone laying in 1681 and was completed in 1966.
Fact #6 - Monsanto
We mean the village in Portugal and not the company from the United States. Monsanto was elected "Portugal's most Portuguese village" in 1938.
Fact #7 - Earthquake
In 1755 Lisbon was hit by a severe earthquake. It reached 9 on the Richter scale and is one of the worst earthquakes in Europe. Almost 85 percent of the buildings were destroyed.
Fact #8 - Bridge length
The longest bridge in the world is in Portugal and measures 17.2 km. The Ponte Vasco da Gama was completed in 1998 after three years of construction and was built for the Expo '98 World Exposition.
Fact #9 - The perfect wave
The biggest wave ever surfed was off the coast of Nazaré. It had a height of 23.77 m and was conquered by Garrett McNamara.
Fact #10 - Slavery
Portugal was the first European country to participate in the transatlantic slave trade. It was also the first colonial power to abolish slavery.
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