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Last update on August 14, 2019

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

Apart from 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 Portuguese radio is not only a great way to gain a deeper insight on your new home and Portuguese culture, but also an effective means of keeping up-to-date on any issues that might affect your move to Portugal.

FM Portugal: Portuguese music radio

You’ll find a wide variety of radio programmes in Portugal and plenty of English music, AM and FM Portugal channels that you can listen to at home, at work or in transit. Most Portuguese radio stations are also accessible via online radio streaming.

Our brief 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 or RTP has three main radio stations covering the whole country, which offer a broad range of programmes focusing on news, cultural commentary, and local and contemporary music.

Antena 1 has a programming consisting mainly of news, current affairs, sports and popular Portuguese music. It be accessed 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, Centre, Lisbon, South, Azores and Madeira.

Antena 2 has cultural segments and broadcasts classical and world music that can be received in the 87.7–106.7 frequency in mainland Portugal.

Antena 3 focuses on a younger, more up-tempo demographic by featuring alternative and contemporary music. It can be accessed on the 92.3–107.9 frequency in mainland Portugal.

All three Portuguese radio stations are available in the whole country through traditional radio, cable and satellite, with limited access in some parts of the Madeira archipelago and Azorean islands for Antena 2 and Antena 3.

RTP also offers an international radio service called RDP Internacional and another station RDP África, which broadcasts in Portugal and African Portuguese-speaking countries: Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe. There are also several digital-only stations on offer in RTP’s website here.

Commercial Portuguese radio stations

Portuguese radio also includes an interesting range of commercial stations available to suit any taste, including Radio ComercialRádio Renascença and Mega FM nationally.

Other popular national Portuguese radio stations include the following:

Radios Portugesas: Radios de Portugal
There are also many radio stations available in specific regions in Portugal, such as Lisbon, Porto, Azores and Madeira.

It is possible to stream all of these Portuguese radio stations online through your phone or computer. Websites such as Listen Live, Streema and TuneIn provide a list of stations in Portugal that are available for streaming at your convenience.

English-language radio stations in Portugal

Radio Portugal online: Radio online PortugalFor expats who are seeking English-speaking radio stations in Portugal, there are a few options to choose from.

As of 2017, Kiss FM is the only English-language Portuguese radio station in the Lisbon and Algarve regions. It can be received in 95.0 FM in Lisbon and frequencies 95.8 FM and 101.2 FM in Algarve.

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

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