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Travel Tips For Portugal

Michael is thinking of going to Portugal so he talks with Ana to get advice for his travels.

Michael: So Ana, you're from Portugal, right?

Ana: Yeah, right.

Michael: Okay, because I'm actually thinking of going to visit Europe this summer, and I thought Portugal would be a great place to visit.

Ana: Oh yeah, Portugal is great especially in the summer. It will be really warm and you can go to lots of places in Portugal. You can go to the North where we have a lot of mountains and you can do all kinds of activities like archery and horse riding.

Michael: Oh wow, that's interesting. Well, actually, I was thinking of going to the beach. Can you give me some advise for what's the best time of year to go. And perhaps there are not too many tourists are on.

Ana: Oh yeah, if you want to avoid tourists, you should definitely not come in August. August is really crowded and there are just so many people in the South of Portugal. You can try to come in June.

Michael: All right.

Ana: June is already warm but there are not too many people. So it will be easier for you to find accommodation. There are some really nice hotels and hostels around. So what kind of place were you thinking of staying in?

Michael: Well, actually, I don't really mind too much. I think I'd like to see what it's like for normal people in Portugal, what it would be like to go on a holiday and have an authentic Portuguese experience. So maybe – I don't really want to stay in a big international hotel. What's a typical Portuguese place to stay and is nice for a summer holiday?

Ana: That's interesting, yeah. In that case, you should definitely avoid the big hotels or any hostels. There are some apartments that you can rent. So you can just live in an apartment by the beach.

Michael: All right.

Ana: Yeah, they're just in a normal building with other Portuguese people but you can rent it and stay there and it's really close to the beach. It's like a one-minute walk. So it will be really convenient for you.

Michael: And this is by the Atlantic Ocean.

Ana: Yes. Yes, it is.

Michael: All right. That sounds like a very good idea staying at an apartment. How much should I budget for that?

Ana: Hmm, I am not really sure. It will probably be a bit more expensive than a hotel.

Michael: Really?

Ana: Not in the long term. You can pay about EUR 30 per night, I think.

Michael: Well, that's huge.

Ana: For a nice location, yeah. If you come with friends though, you can also rent a villa. We have some villas also by the beach.

Michael: Does it have a swimming pool?

Ana: It does have a swimming pool. And they have plenty of room. So if you want to come with a big group, that's definitely a better option.

Michael: That sounds like a great idea. I can invite my colleagues along. So do you have any final tips for me, for my holiday in Portugal?

Ana: Well, I mean, if you want to stay in the South, in the Algarve, then I definitely recommend you check out the nightlife. I can be really lively in there in night markets where you can buy lots of souvenirs and people just hang around. So I definitely recommend that.

Michael: Okay, and what was the name again? The Algarve?

Ana: The Algarve, yeah. That's the southern part of Portugal, so you can't miss it.

Michael: Oh, I got to remember that. Thank you very much.

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Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary

in the long term


Not in the long term.

The long term refers to a long period of time. Notice the following:

  1. If you buy a house, it will increase in value in the long term
  2. In the long term, it is best to have a college degree.



It will be easier to find accommodation in June.

Accommodation refers to places people stay while traveling.

  1. The town has lots of accommodation because there are many hotels.
  2. When traveling, the biggest cost is usually accommodation.


You can have an authentic Portuguese experience.

When something is authentic, it is natural and not a copy of something.

  1. They serve authentic Italian pizza, not the fake American style you usually get.
  2. We want the authentic document, not a copy.



How much should I budget for that?

When you budget for something, you plan how much money you will spend. Notice the following:

  1. I don't budget, so I am always wasting money.
  2. For your trip, please budget for extra costs.



I can invite my colleagues along.

'Along' means to go in the same direction. We often use it to show some will join us to a destination. Notice the following:

  1. He brought his sister along for the ride.
  2. We are going skiing. You should come along.

you can't miss it


That's the southern part of Portugal, so you can't miss it.

The phrase 'you can't miss it' means something is easy to notice or find. Notice the following:

  1. The bank is right down the street. You can't miss it.
  2. The bathroom is around the corner. Just walk over there and you can't miss it.

Vocabulary Quiz

long term • accommodation • budget
authentic • along • miss
  1. It is near the exit. You can't it.
  2. The Mexican food there is very .
  3. Did you for the trip?
  4. I could not get for my trip.
  5. You should come to the game.
  6. You should think in the .

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