Alqueva, Alentejo, Portugal

PORTUGAL

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HEALTH AND 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 taps and springs. It is advisable to keep it 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Citizens from the EU/EEA will require a valid passport upon entering Portugal. Unless traveling from states with visa exemption agreements with the EU, non-EU citizens will require a Visa upon entering Portugal.

SARS-COV2 INFORMATION

You can find up-to-date health and travel advice in relation to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and traveling to and in Portugal, please visit the pages of the Portuguese Tourist Board.

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, 

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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.

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 Sunday

April 25

Freedom Day / Day of the Carnation Revolution

May 1

Labour Day

60 days after Easter Sunday

Corpus Cristi

June 10

Portugal Day

August 15

Assumption of Maria

October 5

Day of the Republic

November 1

All Saints Day

December 1

Restoration of Independence Day

December 8

Immaculate Conception

December 25

Christmas Day

FESTIVITIES & EVENTS

All Portugal

Carnival with festivities and parades

Late January / early February

All Portugal

Holy week Easter processions 

Week running 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 music festivals

June and July

Lisbon

Santo António - celebration of Lisbon’s patron saint

June 12 and 13

Porto

São João - celebration of Porto’s saint

June 23 and 24

Santarem

Feira Nacional da Agricultura - agricultural fair

June

Vila Franca de Xira

Festa do Colete Encarnado - Pamplona-style bull running through the town

Early July

Tomar

Festa dos Tabuleiros - major traditional event

Early summer every four years

Nazare

Romaria da Nossa Senhora - traditional festival

September

Lisbon

Santa Casa Alfama - fado festival in the Alfama quarter

September

Golega

Feira Nacional do Cavalo - equestrian festival

Early November

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