There´s things travelers should know while visiting Portugal is that the diversity of activities to do in our country is huge. Gastronomy, Heritage, culture, sports, everything is possible.
Things travelers should know …
Emergency Number : Call 112 if you need police or ambulance. If you have personal injuries you will be taken to a public hospital which have excellent service and with prices comparing with other countries.
Airports : The country has three internacional airports (Lisboa – LIS , Oporto – OPO and Faro – FAO).
If you are traveling to Lisbon Airport, the centre of the city is only 20 to 30 minutes away from Lisbon´s Airport.
The price of the cab depends of your luggage, hours, time / distance . At Lisbon Airport you can buy a taxi voucher at the Tourism Office Departament at Arrivals, which has na established price.
Transportation: If you are in Lisbon (the portuguese capital since XII century) you have available a good public transportation. Metro, Bus and Taxi to move around the city, where you can have a card for your trips. You have also Train, if you want to go up to Porto / Douro, Évora, Algarve.
Currency : Euro (€), till 2002 portuguese used “Escudos”. Portugal ATM network was launched in 1985 and has now available more than 14.000 machines in the country and around 280.000 POS.
Electricity: the electric current in Portugal is 230/400 volts at a frequency of 50 hertz and sockets comply with European standards.
Population: things travelers should know about Portugal ( 10,2 millon in the country). Most of the young people speak fluent english and will understand spanish also. Most of the facilities (restaurants, museums, monuments) will have information in other languages as english, french, german and spanish. If you find someone with low level, portuguese will try to do their best, making gestures, signs, whatever to explain you the information you request.
Language: the official language of the country is Portuguese, the 5th most spoken language worldwide.
Safety: Portugal is in general a safe country for visitors and locals. You should have your prevent to walk around with your wallet on your back pocket, holding the camera in one hand. Avoid also to put mobiles, cameras and wallets on the top of a table or at the back of your chair in an esplanade.
Accommodation: Lisbon downtown has available several hotels, hostels, apartments that you can choose. Central Areas are : Rossio, Restauradores, Saldanha, Bairro Alto. Choose according your preferences. Usually you can make the check-in after 2pm and check-out till noon.
Cards issued outside of Portugal: One of the most important things travelers should know is if you lost your credit card where to should you call:
American Express Lisbon – Phone : 214 270 400
Mastercard – Phone : 800 811 272
Visa – Phone : 800 811 107
It is possible that we could write more things travelers should know, but this is the minimum to have a wonderful vacations while your are in Portugal.
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