Here you have a short checklist and other useful information for your next travel in Portugal.
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The capital of Portugal: Lisbon
The population of Portugal: 10.7 million
Languages in Portugal: Portuguese
Time in Portugal: GMT
International dialing code in Portugal: +351
Voltage in Portugal: 220 AC 50 Hz
Money in Portugal: Euro (E)
Emergency number: 112
International airports: Lisbon (LIS) 7 km from the city. Faro (FAO) 4 km from the city. Oporto (OPO) 11km km from the city.
Opening hours: most museums are closed on Mondays, and Sundays are very quiet. The stores open at 9h00 or 10h00 am. And, they close 07h00 pm.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa and Mastercards are the most widely accepted cards. No one accepts American Express cards here in Portugal!
While ATMs are widely available. There are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Western Europe. Please check with your bank! You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.
A combination of Euros and cards is best. Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund.
That is rare to snow in Portugal. The last time was in 2006!
We sometimes have snow in Serra da Estrela. It’s the highest mountain range in Continental Portugal, the highest point has 1993 meters (6539 feet).
Winter in Portugal:
Winter, from December to February, is mild on the coast, even in the northern part, since the average temperature in January is around 9 °C (48 °F) in Porto and 11 °C (52 °F) in Lisbon.
In winter, there are periods of good weather when the Azores Anticyclone settles in the country. For example, the last February 27th (2019) was 22º C in Porto! But there are also waves of bad weather, with rain and wind.
Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport arrivals with a sign displaying your name.
The driver will be waiting for you inside the airport. After you will pick up the luggage, you will pass a glass door. And then, you will see a lot of people and signs (papers). Your name will be on one sign. If you don’t see your name, please use the WhatsApp. The airport has free wifi. Please contact us if your flight was canceled. We can reschedule your transfer.
In Lisbon: Read here.
In Porto: Read here.
It’s standard practice for waiters to bring you little dishes of olives, bread, butter, shrimp, etc. However, they are not freebies. If you don’t want them, just politely send them back untouched and you won’t be charged. Please avoids confrontation you can ask before how much are the appetizers.
Unfortunately, there aren’t that many options when it comes to vegetarian food. While this type of cuisine is gradually evolving more and more in the bigger cities. Don’t expect to find many vegetarian options in the countryside or small towns.
Moreover, be sure to ask for the ingredients of any dish that you order, because even vegetable soups are included some slices of chorizo, a traditional Portuguese sausage used to give flavor.
Food is extremely important to most Portuguese people and lunchtime is respected with a sit-down meal from 12h00.
During the working week (Monday to Friday) many restaurants offer a menu do dia. It is a set 2 or 3-course menu that usually includes drinks, for a reasonable price.
Shops and public services, especially in smaller towns or low season, may close between 12:00 and 14:30. So, check opening times and plan accordingly. We don’t have Siesta in Portugal!
Dinner times: Restaurants usually open at 7:30.
While it’s perfectly possible to get by in English in the major tourist areas. Learning a few simple phrases in Portuguese.
Please don’t speak Spanish! Do you want to say thank you in Portuguese? It’s obrigado, if you’re a man. And, obrigada, if you’re a woman, by the way.
Tiles (called azulejos) are a constant feature in Portuguese architecture and pride. There is no other country where you will see them used to. Such an extent to adorn the interiors, ordinary houses, park seats, fountains, shops, and train stations. Of Muslim origin, the production of tiles in Portugal began in the late 15th century. But reached its peak in the 17th century, with blue and white tiles. And other colors after the earthquake in Lisbon (1755), the idea was to cover the cracks in the facades.
You can learn about the history of tiles at the National Tile Museum in Lisbon.
Portugal’s long coastline is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, which brought Portugal closer to other peoples and cultures.
The sun fills the fine white sands of our beaches with light and joy. Whether they are immense stretches of sand as far as the eye can see, or little coves sheltered by rocks, each beach has its own dazzling and surprising beauty.
In general, Portugal is a safe country. It is one of the 20 safest countries according to the World Economic Forum. Still, you need to keep your guard up, especially in tourist areas and on crowded trains/buses.
Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith. It is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.
All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area. However, they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period.
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