Here you will find practical information in connection with trips to Portugal
- Language: Portuguese
- Capital: Lisbon
- Population: 11 mill.
- Religion: Roman Catholic Church
- Currency: Euro
- Surface: 91,831 km2
Portugal is one hour behind Sweden, ie. the clock should be set back one hour when you land in Portugal.
Transport in Portugal
The buses we use in Portugal are of a good standard. Of course, all buses have air conditioning.
Prices in Portugal are slightly lower than in Sweden. It is possible to get a good meal at a very reasonable price, but you will of course find all price ranges. For half board and other included meals, drinks are usually not included in the price of the trip.
It is customary to tip at restaurants and hotels in Portugal. Normally you round up a little. If you have been satisfied, it is appropriate to add 1-2 euros per person.
For cruises, other rules apply, see the special program for your trip.
Currency and credit cards
The currency in Portugal is Euro (EUR). 1 EUR = approximately 10.75 SEK (May 2019). You can switch both from home and in Portugal.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express can be used as debit cards almost anywhere in Portugal. In the larger cities, there are ATMs where you can withdraw cash. Credit cards are not quite as common in Portugal as they are in Scandinavia. Even if stores or restaurants state that they take credit cards, it is not always certain that they will accept it if the purchase price is less than a certain amount. This is because in Portugal you pay a high fee to receive foreign credit cards.
In Portugal, 220 volts applies, just like in Sweden. Normally you can use the same contacts as in Sweden.
Telephone and internet
According to Allcitycodes, Portugal’s international country code is +351. It can be expensive to call home from Portugal and use your mobile phone’s internet connection. Feel free to check with your own mobile operator about coverage and prices, call costs to and from Portugal and the use of data traffic.
Most major cities have internet cafes, and most hotels offer internet for a fee. You can not count on hotels always having the same well-functioning internet connection as in Sweden. In many places you are five years behind in terms of speed and connection. It does not prevent you from writing emails, reading the newspaper and the like, but it can be a little trickier to stream movies, for example.
Customs and traditions
When visiting museums or churches, keep your arms and legs covered to show respect.
During flight and transport, there is of course an absolute ban on smoking. As in Sweden, it is forbidden to smoke indoors in all public places. You are welcome to smoke in restaurants and the like if there are specially set up smoking rooms or if the restaurant states that smoking is allowed.
The cities of Portugal often have narrow, cobbled sidewalks, which can be difficult for those who walk poorly.
Climate and weather Portugal
Here you can read about the climate and weather in Portugal – see, among other things, temperatures for Lisbon and Porto.
|Ponte Delgada, Azores|
Portugal has a Mediterranean climate and is one of the warmest countries in Europe. In the Azores and Algarve, the climate varies from subtropical to tropical, while the mountainous areas in the north have snow. The average annual temperature is between 13 ºC and 18 ºC south. During the months of July and August, temperatures are high, and can rise up to 40 ºC inland and 45 ºC in the south. The weather during autumn and winter is often rainy and windy.