40+ Quotes About Portugal To Inspire Your Next Trip

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Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries in Southern Europe that has been one of the top destinations for travelers and wanderers.

It is one of Europe’s most picturesque countries, making it a favorite destination for tourists from around the world. Considered the oldest country in Europe, Portugal is filled with flamboyant colors of nature. 

This year-round holiday destination has an ideal climate, 3000 hours of sunshine annually, and 850 kilometers of beaches that face the Atlantic Ocean. The southernmost country in Europe, Portugal attracts tourists from all over the world due to its convenient location.

Whether you just returned from an amazing trip to Portugal or are in the mood for the best Portugal quotes to inspire you to plan a trip there soon. There is no better way than with these beautiful quotes about Portugal to fall in love with this country, and hopefully, be enticed to pack your bags.

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Best Quotes About Portugal

“But Portugal has a peaceful feel about it. I sit on the terrace overlooking the vineyard there and I feel cut off from the world. You need that sort of thing.”

Cliff Richard

“Wet or fine, the air of Portugal has a natural happiness in it, and the people of the country should be as happy and prosperous as any people in the world.”

HG Wells

“I’ve got two places I like to be. Portugal is one.”

Cliff Richard

“My affection hath an unknown bottom, like the Bay of Portugal.”

William Shakespeare

“Mum doesn’t like it when I mention that Dad’s a better cook than her. He was born in Spain and spent eight years in Portugal and is exceptional at lots of cuisines.”

Paloma Faith

“Because of my Portuguese heritage, I have an interest in all of the instrumentation that comes from Portugal and Brazil as well.”

Nelly Furtado

Funny Quotes About Portugal

Hilarious quotes about Portugal to make you chuckle:

“What language did the first person in Portugal speak? – Portugoose.”


“Portugal has amazing seafood with all the eyeballs staring back at you.”

Annie Wersching

“Did you know they don’t have any ducks in Portugal? Only Portu-geese”


“PORTUGUESE, n.pl. A species of geese indigenous to Portugal. They are mostly without feathers and imperfectly edible, even when stuffed with garlic.”

Ambrose Bierce

inspirational Portugal Travel Quotes

Find your Portugal travel inspiration through these awesome quotes:

“Portuguese is cheerful and sweet, like a language of birds.”

Paulo Rónai

“Oh, salty sea, how much of your salt is tears from Portugal?”

Fernando Pessoa

“The only thing that matters is to feel the fado. The fado is not meant to be sung; it simply happens. You feel it, you don’t understand it and you don’t explain it.”

Amália Rodrigues

“In the Middle Ages, Spain and Portugal were so powerful that they signed a set of treaties literally dividing up the globe between them.”

Max Fisher

“My father is Portuguese, and in Portugal, it is traditional to take your mother’s maiden name as a middle name. My mum is called Tough.”

Lucy Bronze

“I love white Portugal wine better than claret, champagne, or burgundy. I have a sad vulgar appetite.”

Jonathan Swift

“I like to dream about Portugal, and it’s less easy when you are there.”

Maria de Medeiros

“Portugal has a national team called Cristiano Ronaldo and a group of players who run after him.”

Carlos Queiroz

“As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal.”

Jose Mourinho

“Ultimately, I went to Portugal and stayed in this old monastery for weeks and ate fish and potatoes.”

Jared Leto

“A good default, like Portugal or Greece, would be very good for the private equity business.”

David Bonderman

“If there is one portion of Europe which was made by the sea more than another, Portugal is that slice, that portion, that belt. Portugal was made by the Atlantic.”

Hilaire Belloc

“In Portugal, my sculpture ‘She Changes’ refers to the town’s fishing history, to the era of seafaring trade and discovery. The contemporary site is industrial, surrounded by red and white striped smokestacks, which is mirrored in the pattern of the sculpture.”

Janet Echelman

“Portugal is a high hill with a white watch tower on its flying signal flags. It is apparently inhabited by one man who lives in a long row of yellow houses with red roofs, and populated by sheep who do grand acts of balancing on the side of the hill.”

Richard H. Davis

“Portugal was born in the shadow of the Catholic Church and religion, from the beginning it was the formative element of the soul of the nation and the dominant trait of character of the Portuguese people.”

Antonio de Oliveira Salazar

“Any Portuguese town looks like bride’s finery – something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.”

Mary Mccarthy

“Thus set up, pen in hand, for the sake of greater truth, I would turn Portugal into a fiction. That’s what fiction is about, isn’t it, the selective transforming of reality? The twisting of it to bring out its essence? What need did I have to go to Portugal?”

Yann Martel

“The first poem in The Beauty holds a woman in Portugal in a wheelchair singing, with great power, a fado. I have never seen this or heard of it, the image simply arrived. But surely such a thing has happened. And it matters to me that it has, or could.”

Jane Hirshfield

“There are several silver linings on the horizon. The current account deficits in Spain and Portugal are declining because they have become more competitive and they’re exporting more.”

Wolfgang Schauble

“The Lisbon hub is important to Portugal, the country. That’s not going to go away. It needs to be there. The country depends on tourism.”

David Neeleman

“Portugal is a high hill with a white watch tower on it flying signal flags. It is apparently inhabited by one man who lives in a long row of yellow houses with red roofs, and populated by sheep who do grand acts of balancing on the side of the hill.”

Richard Harding Davis

“The noise that we can expect in the future will only increase and we’ll be wishing for rural Portugal or something like that.”

John Gimlette

“I grew up in Portugal, and people there party ’til 7 or 8 in the morning.”

Sara Sampaio

“Portugal is still one of those places, … where you can have a really great dinner out, which might cost $18 to $23 in Manhattan, only costs about $9 to $11 in Portugal.”

Melisse Gelula

“It’s a gorgeous country with all sorts of history. A lot of Europeans vacation in Portugal, but it hasn’t really caught on with North Americans.”

Melisse Gelula

“I had this aunt who had a career and traveled. She’d say things like, “When you go to college, I think we should go scuba diving in the summer. Scuba diving in Portugal is fabulous.” And I’d be like, “Portugal! Holy cats!”

Geena Davis

“Oh, yeah, as a matter of fact, it is. I just became a Knight in Portugal, the Presidente gave me a special ball.”

Steve Zissou

“The dog is in Portugal and the city of London is safe.”

Jose Mourinho

“Outsiders became keen to join an organization [European Community] that offered attractive bribes to the poor. Greece did so in 1981 and Spain and Portugal in 1986. – written before 2003.”

J.M. Roberts

“Lisbon, to me, is the Lisbon of Pessoa.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Portugal has a mix of players and talent, which is what Portuguese players and coaches are often about. It’s like play-ground football.”

Julen Lopetegui

“My granddad always said he wanted to make me an England player. As soon as I went on to that pitch against Portugal, I knew he could die a happy man because he’d achieved his aim in life.”

David Dunn

“It is important to show our European partners that Portugal is a governable country.”

Anibal Cavaco Silva

“Portugal is much like Brazil – the weather, the people, the food, and the language is also a bonus.”


“There’s no such thing as a place better than Portugal.”


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