As well as their beauty, they are highly passionate and are more comfortable expressing their emotions than women in some other European countries.
Of course, this means they can also have frightful tempers – so do endeavour to be on your most charming behaviour and make sure you don’t turn up late.
But first, if you’ve just moved to Portugal, it’s important to gain an understanding of how the culture works - and this can be a time-consuming task, especially if you’re hoping to meet someone special.
Indeed, what you might consider a romantic gesture in one country could be seen as unwelcome or rude in another.
While Portuguese men tend to embrace their close friends, if you’re meeting your new partner’s family for the first time, shaking hands is considered more appropriate.
In terms of gender politics, the balance in Portugal might be different to what you’re used to in your home country.
While there are no fixed rules when it comes to finding a partner, these tips should help to give you an introduction to dating while in Portugal.
They include some basic etiquette about dating and customs to help you understand Portuguese women and men, and hopefully be successful in the dating scene here.
If you’re lucky enough to be going on a date with a Portuguese woman, you should be as chivalrous and romantic as a Portuguese gentleman would be - so don’t keep her waiting and treat her respectfully by holding doors and offering her your coat.
While you don’t need to buy expensive gifts to impress her, you should emphasise your most open and romantic side – these are highly valued characteristics in Portugal.
While Portuguese food varies from region to region, if your partner is a good chef, you can expect to enjoy plenty of onions, garlic, tomato and olive oil.
This might not be much of a secret – and appearances aren’t everything - but Portuguese women are blessed with striking Mediterranean beauty, with thick dark hair and tanned skin.
If you’re from a more reserved country, you might find Portuguese women more open in conversation than you’re used to.