Is Portugal safe at night?

Yes, Portugal is generally safe at night. The country has a low crime rate and is generally considered to be a safe destination for travelers. However, as with any destination, it is important to take precautions when out at night, such as avoiding dark alleys and being aware of your surroundings. Additionally, it is best to avoid carrying large amounts of cash and to keep your valuables secure.

Travel reviews from Portugal

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 21 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

5/5

Safety

5/5

Food

5/5

Budget-friendly

4.8/5

Solo travel experience

My first solo trip was to Portugal. It was easy to navigate and I felt extremely safe, even walking around at night. Unlike the US most restaurants and streets are still busy until 9-10 because of later dinners. I stayed in hostels and it was easy to meet people who were more than happy to invite me along to different activities. I traveled to 3 different cities by bus and I definitely recommend it.

Posted: August 1, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Portugal last summer, also my first time travelling solo and it was the best decision ever, I loved travelling alone and Portugal is so so beautiful. I went to Lisbon, Costa da Caparica and all the Algarve and I recommend going down South to Sagres and Lagos and visit Ponte da Piedade (the most beautiful place I have ever seen). Lisbon was really pretty, I'd recommend going up the highest hill to see the sunset and have a picnic there, also Belem with a TukTuk and get a pasteis from the famous bakery there and see Torre del Belem. I liked Alfama and for nightlife Pink Street of course and Bairro Alto. The highlight of the trip was going surfing for 4 days, which I have never done before but loved. My trip was split, the first part (Lisbon, Costa da Caparica and Setubal) was with 4 others and the Algarve (Sagres, Lagos, Albufeira, Faro, Tavira) alone. I felt safe all the time being alone.

Posted: April 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Itinerary: 2 nights in Sintra 2 nights in Algarve 3 nights in Lisbon Safety: I felt super safe. Recommendations: Portugal is one of the most beautiful and interesting places to visit. Itโ€™s also relatively inexpensive.

Posted: September 25, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Safety tips for visiting Portugal

  1. Research the area you are visiting: Before visiting Portugal, it is important to research the area you are visiting. This includes researching the local customs, laws, and safety precautions.

  2. Stay aware of your surroundings: When visiting Portugal, it is important to stay aware of your surroundings. Be aware of people around you and be aware of any suspicious activity.

  3. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash: It is best to avoid carrying large amounts of cash when visiting Portugal. Instead, use a credit or debit card to make purchases.

  4. Be aware of pickpockets: Pickpockets are common in Portugal, so it is important to be aware of your belongings at all times. Keep your wallet and other valuables close to you and in a secure place.

  5. Avoid walking alone at night: It is best to avoid walking alone at night in Portugal. If you must walk alone, stay in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings.

  6. Be aware of scams: Be aware of scams in Portugal, such as people offering to exchange money at a better rate than banks.

  7. Wear sunscreen: Portugal is a sunny country, so it is important to wear sunscreen when visiting.

  8. Stay hydrated: It is important to stay hydrated when visiting Portugal, especially during the summer months.

  9. Learn some Portuguese: Learning some basic Portuguese phrases can be helpful when visiting Portugal.

  10. Have a plan: Before visiting Portugal, it is important to have a plan for where you will be staying and what you will be doing. This will help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip.

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Can host for 5 days

Hi, my name is Lia, Iโ€™m Angolan-Portuguese living in Almada, super close to Lisbon. I wish I could travel a lot more and Iโ€™m aiming to do just that. I love going into exhibitions, museums, performances and live music.

Local discussions

Solo travelWhere should I go for a few days before and after my surf camp in Portugal?

Hello ! I have a surf camp in Alentejo, Portugal from the 9th to the 16th of September but my flight arrives in Lisboa on the 5th so I am thinking about staying in Sรฉtubal for a few days, what do you think ? I also have a few days free after the camp before going but I dont know where to go if you have some advices :) thank youu !!

Posted: August 31, 2023
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Solo travelHas anyone stayed overnight at Lisbon Airport or have recommendations for accommodation near it?

hey ladies, has anyone had to stay overnight at Lisbon Airport or has any recommendations for accommodation near the airport? my plane lands in the airport at 23.00, my other flight departs at 5.30 in the morning ๐Ÿ˜”

Posted: August 25, 2023
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Solo travelWhere would you recommend visiting in Portugal - Lisbon, Porto, etc.? How safe are Airbnb type accommodations?

Looking for recommendations for Portugal. First, where would you recommend - Lisbon, Porto, etc? What accommodations are recommended - how safe are Airbnb type places there?

Posted: August 14, 2023
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Solo travelWhich cities should I spend the most time in during my trip to Portugal?

Iโ€™m going to be in Portugal and want to visit Porto, Lisbon, and Lagos but Iโ€˜m struggling to decide how long in each city. All I have for definite is I want to do a day trip to Sintra whilst Iโ€™m in Lisbon. Any advice on how long to do key bits in these places?

Posted: June 23, 2023
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Solo travelIโ€™m going to Porto and would love some advice.

Iโ€™m going to Porto and would love some advice. I have a full 48 hours in Porto and was thinking of doing one day dedicated to sightseeing and book a Douro Valley Wine tour for the other day. In regards to the sightseeing, Iโ€™m torn if I should do the hop on hop off bus or just pick a few main sights and walk it/take a walk around the city. If youโ€™ve been what do you suggest? What do I have to ma...

Posted: June 22, 2023
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