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PORTUGAL            Europe Enquiry Form
   
     
 

Portugal, independent since 1143, is one of Europe’s oldest nations. Steeped in history, Portugal is famed not only for the seafaring exploits of its renowned seamen and explorers, but also for its diverse cultural heritage.

The capital, Lisbon, offers superb old world cuisine, stunning scenery and the opportunity to shop for traditional Portuguese leather goods, fine porcelain and jewellery. The verdant countryside is dotted throughout with medieval castles, churches and cathedrals amidst endless terraces of vineyards and picture-postcard villages. Stroll on pristine golden beaches and bask up the ambience that is truly Portugal.

Portugal holiday
                                                           

WEATHER    Back to top

Summers are hot and dry throughout Portugal, particularly in the Algarve, which experiences very little rain. However refreshing sea breezes make for pleasant conditions. Winters are cold and wet, particularly in the northern and west coast regions. Spring and autumn are good times to visit with cheaper rates at hotels and less crowded beaches, restaurants and golf courses.

Lisbon

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

95

87

85

59

44

18

4

5

33

75

100

97

Rainfall (inches)

3.7

3.4

3.3

2.3

1.7

0.7

0.2

0.2

1.3

2.9

3.9

3.8

Min Temp (°C)

8

9

9.9

11

13

16

17

18

17

15

11

9

Max Temp (°C)

14

16

18

19

22

25

27

28

26

22

18

15

Min Temp (°F)

47

48

50

52

55

60

63

64

63

58

52

48

Max Temp (°F)

58

60

64

66

71

77

81

82

79

72

64

59


                                                           
GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time: Local time is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.

Money: Portugal is a member of the European Union and its official currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. There are numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs available in main cities and tourist destinations. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and automatic currency exchange machines. Banking hours are generally 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

EUR 1.00 =

USD 1.27

GBP 0.69

CAD 1.44

AUD 1.70

ZAR 9.08

EUR 1.00

NZD 2.08

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

Portugal holiday
Portugal holiday


Language: Portuguese is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors must hold tickets and/or documents for their return or onward journey, and at least €74.82 plus €39.90 per day of stay, unless holding proof of paid accommodation. (Equivalent in convertible currency accepted.). The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that allows the holder, in principal, to travel freely within the borders of all.

Health: There are no health risks attached to travel to Portugal. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is necessary for entry for anyone travelling from an infected area and destined for the Azores or Madeira. Health facilities are good and reciprocal health agreements exist with most European countries, including the UK, whose citizens receive free emergency care at state hospitals. Dental care and repatriation costs are not covered under this agreement. Medical insurance is therefore advised.
Tipping: Service charges are usually added to hotel and restaurant bills, but it is customary to leave an additional 10%. Bar staff and taxi drivers also expect tips, which are usually the rounding up of the bill to the nearest Euro.

Safety: Travel to Portugal should be trouble-free, but there is a rising incidence of petty theft and pick-pocketing in tourist areas, so reasonable care should be taken.

Communications: The international access code for Portugal is +351. There are no area or city codes required. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Portugal is well covered by three GSM mobile phone networks. Internet cafes are available in most towns and resorts.

Duty Free: Travellers over 17 years arriving from non-EU countries do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g smoking tobacco, or a proportional mix of these products; 1 litre spirits with alcohol volume higher than 22%, or 2 litres spirits or aperitifs made of wine less than 22%, or sparkling wines or liqueurs, or 2 litres of wine, or a proportionate mix of these; perfume up to 50g or 250ml eau de toilette. Travellers over 15 years do not have to pay duty on 500g coffee; 100g tea; medicines for personal use and gifts or souvenirs to the value of €175 per adult or €90 for children under 15 years. Providing goods are bought for personal use, there are no restrictions on carrying tobacco and alcohol between the 15 original countries of the EU (including the UK), with the exception of Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

                                                           
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