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Last update on January 14, 2020

Find your groove with this guide to Portuguese radio. It includes the most popular Portuguese radio stations, online radio, and English-language radio in Portugal for expats.

Apart from the Internet and television in Portugal, Portuguese radio (radios de Portugal or radios Portuguesa) remains a good source of the latest news, information, and entertainment for those who have relocated to Portugal.

Tuning into a local radio station isn’t just a great way to gain a deeper insight on your new home and Portuguese culture. It’s also an effective means of keeping up-to-date on any issues that might affect your move to Portugal.

Radio Portugal

You’ll find a wide variety of radio programs in Portugal, as well as plenty of music channels on AM and FM bands that you can listen to at home, at work, or in transit. You can also stream most Portuguese radio stations online.

This guide outlines the main Portuguese radio stations and online radio streaming platforms you can listen to in Portugal.

State-owned radio stations in Portugal

Public broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) has three main radio stations covering the whole country. This trio of stations offers a broad range of programs focusing on news, cultural commentary, and also contemporary music from the Lusophone world and beyond.

Antena 1 focuses primarily on news, current affairs, sports, and popular Portuguese music. You can find it on the 87.7–106.7 frequency, depending on your region. Antena 1 also has special regional stations for the six main regions of Portugal: North, Center, Lisbon, South, Azores, and Madeira. Outside of Portugal, Antena 1 programs can also be heard on local stations in Macau.

Shifting away from the news, Antena 2 features cultural segments and broadcasts classical and world music. Antena 2 is in the 87.7–106.7 frequency in mainland Portugal.

Antena 3 focuses on a younger demographic, featuring alternative and contemporary music. It can be accessed on the 92.3–107.9 frequency.

All three of Portugal’s national stations are available across the entire country through traditional radio, cable, and satellite. However, limited access is available in some parts of the Madeira Archipelago and the Azores for Antena 2 and Antena 3.

RTP also offers an international radio service called RDP Internacional and another station RDP África. These services broadcasts in Portugal and Lusophone Africa: Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe. RTP also broadcasts several digital-only stations.

Commercial Portuguese radio stations

Portuguese radio also includes a broad range of commercial stations available to suit any taste. Nationally, these include Radio ComercialRádio Renascença, and Mega FM.

Other popular national Portuguese radio stations include the following:

Commercial stations in Portugal

There are also many radio stations available in specific regions across Portugal. Consult a radio station map for areas such as Lisbon, Porto, the Azores, and Madeira.

It’s also possible to stream all of these Portuguese radio stations online. Platforms such as Radiomap.eu, Radio Garden, Streema, TuneIn provide a list of stations in Portugal that are available for streaming at your convenience.

English-language stations

For expats looking for English-speaking radio stations in Portugal, there only a few options to choose from.

Kiss FM is currently the only English-language radio station in the Lisbon and Algarve regions. You’ll find it at 95.0 in Lisbon and frequencies 95.8 and 101.2 in Algarve.

International radio stations such as the BBC World Service, Voice of America Global Live and many others, however, are only broadcast online and through satellite.