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HEALTH & SAFETY
EU / EEA citizens are entitled to emergency care under the EHIC in public hospitals or health centers. As in other countries, private travel insurance will insure against hefty health treatment bills.
It is safe to drink the water from tabs and springs. It is advisable to keep stored in a cool place, especially on hot days.
Pharmacies are usually open between 9am and 7pm between monday and friday. In rural areas pharmacies might be closed for lunch and on saturdays the opening hours are shorter between 9am and 1pm. Some pharmacies operate a late night emergency service, which is signposted by the illuminated green cross outside the pharmacy. Every pharmacy has a list in the window with the details of the closest emergency pharmacy.
You can find up-to-date health and health advice in relation to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and traveling to and in Portugal here:
MONEY AND PRICE LEVEL
Portugal is one of the original member states of the Eurozone. Twenty-four hours ATMs can be found anywhere in Portugal, usually they have a maximum daily withdrawal of € 200 or € 400, depending on the area. All have on-screen instructions in Portuguese, English and other languages. Banks are the easiest place to exchange money and charge a small commission between 3 and 5%. Debit and credit cards, especially visa and mastercard, are widely expected, but it is advisable to always carry some cash for small expenses and in the more rural areas.
It varies with the area and where you shop/dine, but overall, Portugal is not an expensive country. Many restaurants offer a lunch menu for € 6 - 8 including a main, side, drink and quite often a small dessert. Portions in Portugal tend to be decent. A soft drink, beer or glass of wine would cost around € 2. Tipping is not obligatory in Portugal, but it is common to tip around 10 - 12% for good service. Sometimes a service charge is already included in the bill.
There is a wide range of supermarkets in Portugal with varied price levels, but in general, prices are at the same or slightly lower level as in other European countries. As fresh vegetables and fruit grow locally, prices for fresh products are often very affordable, for example a kilo of oranges, melon or peaches comes at less than one euro. A decent local table wine can be bought for less than € 5.
In bigger towns, shops are open between 9am and 7pm and shopping centers may stay open even longer until 11pm. In rural areas, shops often close at 1pm on Saturday and are closed on Sunday. They also often close for lunch between 1 and 3pm.
Banks are open between 8:30am until 3pm Monday to Friday.
Museums are closed on Mondays and common opening hours are between 10am and 5pm.
The voltage is 220V/50hz and sockets fit the standard European plugs with two rounds.
New Years Day
Friday before Easter
Monday after Easter
Dia da Liberdade - Day of the carnation revolution
60 days after Easter Sunday
Assumption of Mary
Day of the Republic
All Saints Day
FESTIVITIES & EVENTS
Late January / early February
Holy week processions in the run up for Easter
Week leading up to Easter
Queima das Fitas - end of the school year celebration
Festas das Cruzes - traditional processions and rich flower decorations
Appearance of the Virgin Mary pilgrimage
Several rock festivals
June / July
Santo António - celebration of Lisbon’s patron saint with musical processions, food, drink and dance
June 12 & 13
São João - celebration of Porto’s saint
June 23 & 24
Feira Nacional da Agricultura - agricultural fair with bull fights, displays of horsemanship and regional food
Vila Franca de Xira
Emigration Festival - exhibitions, concerts, theater and folklore
Festa dos Tabuleiros - major traditional event with processions
Early summer, every four years
Romaria da Nossa Senhora - traditional festival with folk dance, singing and bullfights
Santa Casa Alfama - fado festival in the Alfama quarter
Feira Nacional do Cavalo - equestrian festival