Travel Information Portugal
- FLAG 🇵🇹
- CAPITAL Lisbon
- GOVERNMENT Parliamentary Republic
- CURRENCY Euro (€)
- POPULATION 10,084,245 (July 2002 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 92,090km² (water: 620km² land: 91,470km²)
- LANGUAGES Portuguese
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Portugal uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+00:00 with daylight saving time
- LOCATION Portugal is located in Southern Europe
Most popular cities in Portugal
- Lisbon – national capital, city of the seven hills
- Aveiro – the “Venice” of Portugal
- Braga – city of Archbishops
- Coimbra – home of the ninth oldest university in the world.
- Évora – “Museum City”, Alentejo regional capital
- Funchal – the capital of Madeira
- Guimarães – the founding place of the nation
- Porto – “Unvanquished City”, along the river Douro and the Atlantic Ocean
- Viana do Castelo – Famous for the Nossa Senhora da Agonia Festival.
- Albufeira – Main tourist destination in the Algarve
- Faro – The administrative centre of the Algarve
- Fátima – Pilgrimage destination
Sockets & Plugs
Portugal uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
Portugal uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.
Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euro. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Credit & debit cards
Credit cards are widely accepted within Portugal (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.
Automatic teller machines are everywhere in Portugal. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. Portugal has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Not expected, but you can leave extra tip
Tipping is usually not expected in Portugal. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip.
Internet speed in Portugal is on average 12.1 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Portugal is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €13.82, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: NOS, Vodafone or MEO.
Portugal uses GSM mobile networks GSM 1800 and GSM 900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Portugal upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Portugal, dial +, then 351 (the country code for Portugal), then the area code and the local number.
Low crime rate
Portugal has a low crime rate . It is a generally a safe place to live and travel. Exercise normal security precautions.
It’s recommended to follow essential security precautions like wearing a money belt, securing your bag and staying vigilant in crowds.
In Portugal you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90-100 km/h (55-62 mph) on undivided highways.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase alcohol is 18 years old, while to drink it is not defined.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
All drugs are decriminalized
One of the few countries in the world where all drugs are decriminalized. It means you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.
- Police 112
- Ambulance 112
- Fire department 112
- Forest fire 117
- Social emergency 144
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country, but it is recommended to perform routine immunizations for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
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