Here you have a short checklist and other useful information for your next travel in Portugal.
What is the capital of Portugal? Lisbon
The population of Portugal: 10.7 million
What language do they speak in Portugal? Portuguese
What is the 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) is 4 km from the city. Oporto (OPO) is 11 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 at 07h00 pm.
- Flight (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the airport).
- Insurance info (High Recommended).
- Hand Disinfectant Gel or Sani-Cloth
- Mask (Covid-19: Use of masks in public outings).
- Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries).
- Travel Conair Converter Worldwide Adapter.
- Cash and credit cards.
- First-aid kit. It should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band-aids/plasters, anti-histamines, Imodium, or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
- Locks for bags.
- Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.).
- Reusable water bottle.
- Medications: You can’t buy medicines in the hotels (such as Ibuprofen or Imodium).
If you have an allergy or other health problem, we advise you to buy it before.
You can buy aspirin, Ibuprofen, Imodium, and ointment in the supermarket or pharmacy. Another prescription you have is to make an appointment with a doctor.
What to Wear in Portugal
- Footwear. Flip-flops or heels are not very good for walking in the city for 3 hours. The Portuguese sidewalk (“calçada Portuguesa”) is not the friendliest type of pavement, so leave your high heels at home. The Pavements in Portugal are usually made of small square cobblestones. The streets are covered in beautiful mosaic patterns symbolizing the elements of nature and the country’s history. The Portuguese sidewalks get incredibly slippery when wet or just on a steep hill. We recommend you watch your step and wear your most comfortable pair of shoes while in Portugal. The best shoes are Skechers Reggae Slim-Vacay, Tennis Shoes, and Boots.
- Fleece top/sweater.
- Long pants/jeans.
- Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts and skirts are recommended).
- Winter Coats / Jacket / Anorak / Windproof rain jacket.
- Shawl or Scarf.
Credit cards and debit cards are handy for cash advances. Visa and MasterCard 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 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 ensure you access at least an additional USD 200 (or equivalent) as an emergency fund.
Tip and gratuity are not included. In Portugal, there are no customs around tipping. Indeed not an obligation nor a matter of etiquette.
Here is our suggestion for tipping in Portugal:
You may tip if you feel you’ve had excellent service, and your guide will undoubtedly be glad about it. But, in general, most people give gratuity between €10 and €50 for assistance. Mind you, though, that your excellent review on Facebook or Google is more important for us. More so than a monetary tip.
5€ per person is appropriate.
Tipping 5% in restaurants is excellent. However, tipping is always done if you are happy with the service. No tipping is required for a cup of coffee or a drink. But some people will leave the change rounding up from the nearest Euro. For a sandwich in a bar, the change from the nearest Euro is enough. For high-level or Michelin star restaurants, a 5% tip is standard. Attention! We recommend leaving a cash tip if you pay by credit card because the staff does not receive the gratuity left on credit cards.
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, last February 27th (2019) was 22º C in Porto! But there are also waves of bad weather, with rain and wind.
Yes, if you book a one-week vacation in Portugal, 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 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 WhatsApp. The airport has free Wi-Fi. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if your flight is canceled or rescheduled. We can reschedule your transfer.
While it’s entirely 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.
The average food costs in Portugal are usually reasonable and affordable for most visitors. The price depends on the type of restaurants and the part of the city you are dining in since restaurants in the city center tend to be more expensive.
If you are on a budget, don’t worry. The price in a casual restaurant is around 10€ to 35€ per person.
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, politely send them back untouched, and you won’t be charged. Please avoids confrontation. You can ask before how much are the appetizers.
Please continue to read here our Portugal Tips Travel.
In Lisbon: Read here.
In Porto: Read here.
In Braga: Read here.
Yes, you can. Unlike the USA, there are no open carry laws in Portugal.
Unfortunately, there aren’t that many options when it comes to vegetarian food. In contrast, 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 you order because even vegetable soups include some slices of chorizo, a traditional Portuguese sausage used to give flavor.
Food is essential 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 a Siesta in Portugal!
Dinner time in Portugal. Restaurants usually open at 7:30 or 08:00 pm.
It is generally safe and healthy to drink public tap water in Portugal. If you order water in a restaurant, the waiter will serve bottled water, but you can request tap water if you wish.
If you wish to drink purified water, bottled water is abundantly available in grocery stores. That is cheap (1,69€ per mineral water demijohn 5-liter). However, be aware of your environmental impact when purchasing water in plastic bottles, and consider filing a canteen with water.
Taking Food & Drink from Portugal
You will not be able to take meat, milk, or products containing them into EU countries. For example, there are some exceptions. Specific amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food are required for medical reasons.
You can take:
– beer – 42 liters
– wine (not sparkling) – 18 liters
You can also bring in either:
– 4 liters of spirits OR 9 liters of sparkling wine, fortified wine, or any alcoholic beverage less than 22% ABV.
It is illegal for travelers under the age of 21 to import alcohol – even as a gift.
You can take:
– 1 liter of spirits over 22% volume, or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with more than 80% volume; or
– 2 liters of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liquor wines; or
– 4 liters of wine.
Portugal’s long coastline is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, bringing Portugal closer to other peoples and cultures.
The sun fills the beautiful 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. Please read our article.
In general, Portugal is a safe place to travel. It is one of the 20 safest countries, according to the World Economic Forum. Still, it would help if you kept your guard up, especially in tourist areas and crowded trains or buses.
Is it safe for a black woman to travel to Portugal?
Yes, you can read this blogger’s review.
Public restrooms are rarely available throughout Portugal. You might have to pay a small fee (0,50€ per person) to use the restroom or purchase something from the restaurant in some places.
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. We provide the following information in good faith. You must check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your 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 on an adult or child passport). USA, United Kingdom, 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.
New Rules for 2022! Visa to enter Europe will be expected to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization.
As a tour booking website, Eco Trilha cannot organize visas for the passengers as the visa requirements are continually updated and vary from one traveler’s nationality to the next. For this reason that we recommend you contact your local embassy or consulate website for the latest up-to-date information.
Portugal uses a standard voltage of 220 AC 50 Hz. The wall outlets are two-pin. Please bring a converter or transformer.
Where can I buy an adapter for the electricity?
You can order on the internet in advance, or buy it at the airport.
No, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.
Are you planning to visit Portugal during your Thanksgiving holiday?
During the Middle Ages, the church started to condemn the pagan Celtic festival. The catholic church decided to establish a new date for honoring the dead – All Saints’ Day on November 1.
Day of the dead in Portugal is a public holiday. Cemeteries are often filled with families who leave fresh displays of flowers on the gravestones of their loved ones.
However, parties and events have started popping up in cities and towns similar to America and the United Kingdom. You can easily buy costumes in the shops.
Five days in Portugal should be a minimum to explore the local culture, culinary, and traditions. If you have more time, we advise you to travel further afield or stay longer in one city. See our tours and plan your trip to Portugal today!
It is cheaper to fly to Lisbon than Porto. We have more offers to Lisbon Airport. See here: How can you get to Portugal?
What to buy in Portugal. We recommend Portuguese wine, cheese, cork products, tiles, pottery, shoes, canned sardines, soaps, etc.
Continue to read our suggestion about what souvenirs to buy in Portugal.
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 it 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 facades’ cracks.
You can learn about the history of tiles at the National Tile Museum in Lisbon.
The average price of a 5-day trip to Portugal is 889€ per person, 2 people per room (accommodation, breakfast, and private chauffeur service). Portugal Day Tours range from 18€ to 139€ per person.
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