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PORTUGAL

USEFUL INFORMATION

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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.

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SARS-COV2 INFORMATION

You can find up-to-date health and health advice in relation to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and traveling to and in Portugal here:

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

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.

OPENING HOURS

 

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.

ELECTRICITY

 

The voltage is 220V/50hz and sockets fit the standard European plugs with two rounds.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

 

January 1

New Years Day

Friday before Easter

Good Friday

Monday after Easter

Easter Monday

April 25

Dia da Liberdade - Day of the carnation revolution

May 1

Labour Day

60 days after Easter Sunday

Corpus Christi

June 10

Portugal Day

August 15

Assumption of Mary

October 5

Day of the Republic

November 1

All Saints Day

December 1

Independence Day

December 8

Immaculate Conception

December 25

Christmas Day

FESTIVITIES & EVENTS

 

Nationwide

Carnival

Late January / early February

Nationwide

Holy week processions in the run up for Easter

Week leading up to Easter

Coimbra

Queima das Fitas - end of the school year celebration

Early May

Barcelos

Festas das Cruzes - traditional processions and rich flower decorations

Early May

Fatima

Appearance of the Virgin Mary pilgrimage

May 13

Lisbon, Porto

Several rock festivals

June / July

Lisbon

Santo António - celebration of Lisbon’s patron saint with musical processions, food, drink and dance

June 12 & 13

Porto

São João - celebration of Porto’s saint

June 23 & 24

Santarem

Feira Nacional da Agricultura - agricultural fair with bull fights, displays of horsemanship and regional food

June

Vila Franca de Xira

Emigration Festival - exhibitions, concerts, theater and folklore

Early July

Tomar

Festa dos Tabuleiros - major traditional event with processions

Early summer, every four years

Nazare

Romaria da Nossa Senhora - traditional festival with folk dance, singing and bullfights

September

Lisbon

Santa Casa Alfama - fado festival in the Alfama quarter

September

Golegã

Feira Nacional do Cavalo - equestrian festival

Early November