Portugal has been listed, by the Gobal Peace Index, as one of the Top 10 Safest Contries in which to Travel. The other countries included on this list are Iceland, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Canada, Japan, and Slovenia. With Finland, Ireland, Bhutan, Sweden and Australia right behind. “The Index takes into account factors like numbers of police or security personnel, presence of nuclear weapons, and political instability in order to reach its findings”.
Portugal, for its part is relatively free of political instability and the terror threat is low. While one must take the normal precautions while in the cities (pickpocketing in the cities is one consideration), older individuals and women can feel safe traveling the country. Not only does Portugal have some of the friendliest people, but the people will generally go out of their way to help you if you get lost or need some help.