Practical info

Language

Portugal’s official language is Portuguese. Derived from Latin roots, Portuguese is the third most spoken European language in the world, with around 200 million speakers.

Capital city

Lisboa is the capital of Portugal and the country’s biggest city, located on the estuary of the Tagus river, on the European Atlantic Coast. It is continental Europe’s westernmost capital.

Currency

The euro is portugal’s official currency, having been introduced in January 2002.

1 euro is divided into 100 cents.
There are coins of: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 and 2 euros.
The bills can be distinguished by their size and colour and have the following face values: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
In Portugal, payments can be made in cash, bank transfer, checks, credit cards and debit cards.

Electric voltage

230 / 400 volts, on a 50-hertz frequency. The electric sockets adhere to European standards. Blade plugs (US standard) must be used in conjunction with a 230 volts transformer, as well as an adaptor.

Weather in Porto

Porto has hot summers, warm springs/autumns and mild, usually wet winters. The main tourist season is from June until the end of September, while the beaches are at their busiest in July and August. The weather is suitable for spending time on Porto’s beaches from June until the middle of September, and this aligns with the peak season.

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Time zone

(GMT/UTC 00:00 | GMT/UTC +1 in Summer)

Australia Camberra +10h South Africa Cape Town +2h
Brazil Brasília -3h Spain Madrid +1h
France Paris +1h Sweden Stockholm +1h
Germany Bona +1h UK London =
Holland Amsterdam +1h USA Chicago -6h
Italy Rome +1h USA Los Angeles -8h
Japan Tokyo +9h USA New York -5h
Norway Oslo +1h USA Washington -5h

Healthcare

The hospital emergency services must only be used for serious emergencies.
*In order to have access to this service: E.U. citizens who are non-resident in Portugal must show their passport or id card and E111 and E112 forms.

Useful phone numbers

  • Telephone Codes
    • International Calls: 00 + country area code
    • Portugal area code: +351
  • National Emergency Number: 112
  • Bombeiros Voluntários do Porto (Fire Department) – Tel. +351 222 055 845
  • Tourism Police Station -Tel. +351 222081833

Measures and conversion chart

  • 1 cm = 0,393 inch
  • 1 metro = 3,28 feet
  • 1 km = 0,62 mile
  • 1 litro = 0,26 gallon (USA) 0,22 gallons (UK)
  • 1 kg = 2,204 pounds

Source: Turismo de Lisboa

Visa

To enter Portugal, you may need a Passport and/or a Visa, depending on the country you live in. Citizens from the European Community don’t need a Visa for entering Portugal. Portugal is also a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.

Passports must be valid for up to six months (depending on your nationality) and are required by all, except by European Union nationals and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway and Switzerland holding valid national ID cards. British, Australian, Canadian, American and Japanese need a valid passport.