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Flying drones has become very popular in recent years. The new machines give operators the ability to have fun by controlling a flying aircraft. Also, both professional and aspiring photographers and videographers are able to get some amazing shots from places previously unimaginable. Drones are even used to catch birds-eye view shots in some films and television programmes. However, you can’t just head out and fly a drone anywhere you like. Before this, you need to be aware of the rules and guidelines for your country. In this article, we will discuss the drone rules in Portugal.

Fortunately, drone laws in Portugal are very fair and loose. However, there are still rules that need to be followed. It is not mandatory to have any insurance, however, the National Civil Aviation Authority recommends that operators have civil liability insurance to cover the costs of any damage that may be caused. Portugal does not allow the capture of photos or videos without permission from the National Aeronautical Authority. To get this permission, you must create an account on their online site where, after completion, you will then receive an email with a form attached. You must sign this form to declare you agree with the terms and post it away. When received and confirmed, your account will be good to go. From there, you can register aircraft as well as pilots.

In addition to these rules, there are so many more. For example, drone operators must be able to see the drone at all times and all manned aircraft have right of way over the unmanned drone. Drones that are less than 0.25 kg should not be flown above any people nor should they be flown more than 30 m above the ground while any drone heavier than this should not be flown above any group with more than 12 people. If you have a drone heavier than 25 kg or wish to fly a drone beyond your own line of sight, you have to receive permission from the National Civil Aviation Authority.

It is also important to note the flying of drones is banned in and around airports and aerodromes, military-controlled areas, prisons, security services and prisons which includes any educational or rehabilitation areas connected to or associated with any prisons. Furthermore, it is against the rules to fly drones in most national parks however some special permission can be granted if the operator fills out some forms.

Now that we’ve covered the rules, it may be useful to know some of the best places to fly your drone. To begin with, we have the Algarve. The Algarve is found in the Faro district, the southernmost area of Portugal and it is beautiful! Here, you can find pristine beaches, crystal clear water and stunning, green-filled landscapes. Another brilliant feature in the Algarve is, along the brilliant coastline, you can find various caves and cliff edges which will really add something special to any drone shots you are able to take. This will be made even better with the glistening of the sun on the water below.

Next, the stunning riverside city of Coimbra. As mentioned, the city sits beside the Mondego river. It used to be the capital of Portugal from 1121 to 1225 and was also occupied by the Romans. This is good for drone operators as this means the city is filled with old and historic buildings as well as aqueducts. The city is considered to be very culturally diverse and the University of Coimbra, built in 1290, is still standing today – it has been relocated a few times but the university is still in operation. This is another fantastic and historic building to capture using your drone. However, some of the best shots would be taken by the river making use of the sun and water.


To conclude, Portugal is by far one of the best choices to go and fly your drone. The country has very relaxed rules but they must still be followed very carefully nonetheless. Portugal is filled with stunning beaches and beautiful, historic buildings – some of the many reasons to move to Portugal. You are sure to get some incredible shots of the country, as long as you have prior permission, and you won’t want to leave in a hurry!

If you enjoyed this article you might also like to read about Flying a Drone in Spain and Flying your Drone in Italy.

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