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    Porto – a brief overview

    Long one of the main industrial powerhouses of the Portuguese economy, Porto didn’t see many tourists until recently. That is, unless they were passing through to explore the northern coast, and its many beaches, forests and vineyards. But apart from the iconic tipple that the area is famous for, and the River Douro’s sandy gateway to the Atlantic, this is a fascinating city

    that’s becoming increasingly popular. Despite being a World Heritage site, the Old Town of Ribeira is surprisingly bedraggled, but that’s part of its charm. In the buzzy surrounding areas, art centres, contemporary architecture and new restaurants are proliferating. Amid such a renaissance, the famous port has never tasted so good.


    Top 10 sights in Porto

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    The Sé

    Terreiro da Sé
    4050-573 Porto
    Tel: (22) 205 9028
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1230 and 1430-1900 (summer)
    0900-1230 and 1430-1800 (winter)

    A baroque makeover in the 18th century failed to conceal the Cathedral of Porto’s hulking Romanesque origins which date back to 12th century.

    Torre Dos Clerigos

    Rua São Filipe Nery
    4050-546 Porto
    Tel: (22) 200 1729
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1900

    For a superb view of Porto, ascend the 250-year-old Tower of Clerics. Constructed in the 18th century, it can be seen from various corners of the city.

    Igreja de Santo Ildefonso

    Praça da Batalha
    4000-101 Porto
    Tel: (22) 200 4366
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1500-1830
    Tue-Sat 0900-1200 and 1500-1830
    Sun 0900-1300 and 1800-2000

    This stunning 18th-century church with medieval roots stands out from the crowd with its blue and white azulejo-tiled facade. The gilt altar inside by Nicolau Nasoni is also a treat.

    Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves

    Rua D João de Castro 210
    4150-417 Porto
    Tel: (22) 615 6500
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-2000 (Apr-Sep)
    Tue-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-1900 (Oct-Mar)

    Portugal’s most famous architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira, designed this impressive museum which is set in beautiful gardens and hosts international exhibitions.

    Cais da Ribeira

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    Porto’s iconic waterfront district features seafood joints, classic taverns and historic buildings. Watch boats rocking on the river, some of which provide cruises.

    Centro Português de Fotografia

    Edifício da Ex-Cadeia eTribunal da Relação do Porto, Largo Amor de Perdição
    4050-008 Porto
    Tel: (22) 004 6300
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1230 and 1400-1800
    Sat-Sun 1500-1900

    Showing off contemporary photography from Portugal and further afield, this museum is novelly housed in a former prison. It’s also free to enter.

    Bom Jesus do Monte

    Tenões, Parque do Bom Jesus
    4715-056 Braga
    Tel: (253) 676 636
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0730-2000

    Around 60km from Porto, the religious-minded make pilgrimages up a forested hill to see the magnificent Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary, built in the 18th century.


    Alameda Basílio Teles 51
    4150-127 Porto
    Portugal (tram museum)
    Tel: +351 22 615 8185
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2055

    Dating back to 1872, Porto’s historic tramway offers a great tour of important sights, and is furnished with wood panelling and leather seating from the 1920s.

    Palácio da Bolsa

    Rua Ferreira Borges
    4050-253 Porto
    Tel: (22) 339 9000
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1830 (summer)
    0900-1230 and 1400-1730 (winter)

    Once the city’s stock exchange, this neoclassical building features an impressively ornate interior, particularly the Arab Room.


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    Head down the River Douro to the Atlantic and the pretty beach at Foz, about 5km from the centre. The elegant promenade is great for a stroll by the sea.

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    Country overview

    Long considered primarily a haven for sunseekers and golfers, Portugal is also one of Europe’s unspoilt gems when you take the chance to dig a little deeper. This land of traditional villages and vibrant cities has a charming countryside strewn with historical treasures and a wide assortment of

    World Heritage sites – natural and cultural wonders that offer a window into this once great seafaring nation. Take in the prehistoric drawings at Foz Coa or 15th-century sea port at Angra do Heroísmo, alongside the other designated sites around the country that zip you back in time.


    Portugal juts out into the Atlantic in the far southwest of Europe otherwise known as the Iberian Peninsula. The only country it shares a border with is neighbour Spain to the north and the east, with the Atlantic Ocean hugging its 800km (500-mile) coastline to the south and west. It has a land mass of 89,000 sq km (34,400 sq miles) with the Portuguese islands of the Azores and Madeira boosting that by another 3,100 sq km (1,200 sq miles). The Azores lie around 1,100km (700 miles) west of Lisbon, while Madeira sits just north of the Canary Islands to the west of Morocco.

    Outside the large urban areas, the countryside is a great deal more rural and sparse than in many other European countries. Portugal is crossed by several rivers which have their origin in Spain. These flow from east to west out into the Atlantic or north to south, the main rivers being the Minho and Douro in the north, and the Tagus and Guadiana in the south.

    Portugal possesses a high plain of varying height intersected by deep valleys.

    The north of the country is rugged, mountainous and dotted with vineyards. The high northern point of the Serra da Estrela proves a popular area for skiing, while Serra de São Mamede further south on the Spanish border is a hiking favourite.

    After the stunning slopes of the central regions, the vast plains of the Alentejo region stretch south of Lisbon, with a range of mountains dividing the Alentejo from the Algarve, whose wide sandy beaches and attractive bays run along the south coast.

    Over half the country is used for agriculture, though the soil is much richer for cultivation in the greener north. The capital, Lisbon, sits about two-thirds down the west coast. Porto is also situated on the coast in the northwest of the country. Smaller Faro nestles on the southern end of the country, its airport a busy hub for Algarve sunseekers and swathes of golfers looking for year-round sun. Braga, Coimbra and Setubal are also near the coast and rivers.

    General knowledge

    General knowledge

    Population: 10.6 million (2018)

    Capital: Lisbon


    Portuguese is spoken in Portugal with different dialects throughout the country.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Continental two-pin plugs are in use.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.


    Ano Novo (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2020
    Sexta-feira Santa (Good Friday): 10 April 2020
    Páscoa (Easter Sunday): 12 April 2020
    Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day): 25 April 2020
    Dia do Trabalhador (Labour Day): 1 May 2020
    Dia de Portugal/ Dia do Camões (Portugal Day): 10 June 2020
    Corpo de Deus (Corpus Christi): 11 June 2020
    Assunção de Nossa Senhora (Assumption): 15 August 2020
    Dia da República (Republic Day) : 5 October 2020
    Todos-os-Santos (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2020
    Dia da Restauração (Restoration of Independence Day): 1 December 2020
    Imaculada Conceição (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2020
    Natal (Christmas Day): 25 December 2020


    Ano Novo (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2021
    Sexta-feira Santa (Good Friday): 2 April 2021
    Páscoa (Easter Sunday): 4 April 2021
    Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day): 25 April 2021
    Dia do Trabalhador (Labour Day): 1 May 2021
    Dia de Portugal/ Dia do Camões (Portugal Day): 10 June 2021
    Corpo de Deus (Corpus Christi): 3 June 2021
    Assunção de Nossa Senhora (Assumption): 15 August 2021
    Dia da República (Republic Day) : 5 October 2021
    Todos-os-Santos (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2021
    Dia da Restauração (Restoration of Independence Day): 1 December 2021
    Imaculada Conceição (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2021
    Natal (Christmas Day): 25 December 2021

    All information subject to change.


    Route to romance


    The great journey: Portugal

    Follow the road from Faro to Lisbon to Porto along the Atlantic coast, and you will be treated to some of Portugal’s loveliest sights. We meet a cheese maker, a singer and a surfer who turned a crisis into an opportunity.

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    Day 1 – Faro to Sagres: Ocean freedom

    For a Portuguese man, it’s not so common to do what your sister tells you. But if Luis Sousa hadn’t listened to Sara he wouldn’t be standing on a beach near Sagres on this fine sunny morning teaching what matters most to him in life: surfing. Luis Sousa is deeply tanned with sun-bleached streaks in his long, dark hair. In sunglasses, shorts and a colorful T-shirt, he looks the very cliché of a surf instructor on the Algarve coast. And yet he was once a fisherman in northern Portugal.

    He’d likely still be one if his sister had found a job in Sagres after qualifying in her trade. But unlike her brother, she didn’t want to leave the place where they grew up because she loved the glittering light, the salty air and the broad sandy beaches beneath towering cliffs. So Sara called her brother up north and told him she thought they should open a surf school in Sagres, because surfing was what Luis loved best and he had taught himself to surf at 14.

    Luis, the compliant brother, narrows his eyes, digs his toes into the warm sand and watches his students practice keeping their balance in the shallow water. “Carry on like that and you’ll be out in the deep water this afternoon!” he shouts, struggling to make himself heard above the waves. Perhaps one or two of his students will fall in love with surfing the way Luis did. “When I can feel the power of the ocean, I feel liberated. Any problems I have no longer trouble me,” he says. The moment his students settle down on the beach for their lunch break, Sousa grabs his board and paddles out to sea to find the big waves.

    Day 2 – Sagres to Vila Fresca de Azeitão: A cheesy tale

    The long beaches and the deep blue ocean, its waves crested with dancing white horses, gradually grow smaller in the rearview mirror. We head north, past grasses, shrubs and tall eucalyptus trees. If we start missing the sea, all we need to do is take the next road to the left and a couple of kilometers later, we will see the white sands and blue waters stretching out before us. We eventually reach the Azeitão region roughly 50 kilometers south of Lisbon, which abounds with cork and holm oak forests and is famous more than anything for its Queijo de Azeitão sheep’s cheese.

    Suse Macheta set up her cheese making business in the village of Vila Fresca de Azeitão in the midst of Portugal’s economic crisis. “It was a unique opportunity,” she explains, standing in her cheese factory surrounded by white tiles and stainless steel equipment. It almost sounds as though she wants to apologize for the timing. Producing sheep’s cheese had become too much for the owners of the Quinta de Camarate farm and Suse Macheta, who was raised on a nearby farm, knew what she was doing because she had worked for a cheese making company after studing agriculture. Her business is now thriving thanks to her contacts to old cheese makers – and to her family. Into a tub, Suse Macheta pours fresh, raw milk from the cows her husband milked that same morning. Then her mother-in-law stirs in the rennet and thistle flower extract that gives the Portuguese mountain cheese its distinctive flavor. Every day her father-in-law sells the soft and creamy cheese in its yellow rind at Lisbon’s main market.

    Day 3 – Vila Fresca de Azeitão to Lisbon: Sweet melancholy

    The Cristo-Rei statue of Jesus welcomes all who approach Lisbon from the southwest across the red steel Ponte 25 de Abril bridge. From this miniature version of the famous Golden Gate Bridge, there’s a fantastic view of the labyrinth of narrow streets and colorful city palaces on the banks of the Tagus and also of the modern high-rises with their mirror glass facades further to the north. First stop in the Portuguese capital: Belém, a neighborhood where many buildings are still adorned with tiles. Over a hundred people jostle for position outside a building with a colorfully tiled facade, all drawn by the mouthwatering Pastéis de Belém – the little custard-filled, flaky-pastry tartlets that are served in every café. But only the Clarinha family, which owns the Antiga Confeitaria pastry shop, bakes them according to the original recipe – hence the crowds.

    The recipe originated in the nearby Monasteiro dos Jerónimo monastery. After the liberal revolution in 1820 the monks were no longer allowed to do business, and so they asked a sympathetic grocer, the great-great-great-great-grandfather of the Clarinhas, to sell their pastries – Pastéis de Belém for them. The Clarinhas have had the recipe ever since and all Portuguese bakers have tried to reproduce it. But the Clarinhas guard it like a precious jewel, and it is known by four bakers only. Even Penélope Clarinha, who runs the family business with her cousin and uncle, says she doesn’t know what makes the Pastéis de Belém so special – even though she always comes down to the kitchen from her office to help put the pastry rounds into their tiny pans when the cafe gets really busy.

    Meanwhile, Lisbon housewives jog around Jardim de Estrela park, perhaps in an attempt to work off their daily pastéis. The fado singer Aldina Duarte, who is very much a celebrity in Portugal, no longer turns heads here. Dressed in jeans, T-shirt and sneakers, her hair loose and wearing no makeup, she looks shy and terribly normal. Is that her intention? “I don’t like being the center of attention, I’m happiest on my own,” she says, sitting on the terrace of a café on the edge of the park. She speaks softly, we have to listen closely to make out what she’s saying. The little park at the heart of Lisbon with its palms, pines and luscious bougainvilleas is her favorite place to be. When she’s not touring, she spends her days there, reading, walking, writing lyrics.

    Duarte heard fado for the first time at the age of 24, quite by accident, in the nightlife district Bairro Alto. She was immediately enthralled – and felt ashamed to be discovering Portugal’s traditional music so late. From that moment on she spent all her time in fado houses, and a short while later met the well-known fado singer Camané, who would later become her husband. He and other singers encouraged her to start singing herself. “If it hadn’t been for my friends, I would never have dared to step on stage,” she says. “Today, it’s my life. I only feel good when I’m singing fado. It’s the interaction with the audience that makes the music come alive.” Every night for more than 20 years now, she has been overcoming her shyness in Sr. Vinho, in the Lapa district of the city. This evening, we sit – fado is not for dancing – and watch a fado singer who takes pride in what she does. Striking, in a long black dress, her lips red, black liner accentuating her eyes and flanked by two guitarists, Aldina Duarte fills the room with her sonorous voice – singing of her love for Lisbon.

    Day 4 – Lisbon to Coimbra: Isabel and the bats

    We pass suburbs full of colorful high-rise buildings, then through eucalyptus groves and finally arrive in Coimbra, Portugal’s oldest university town. The faculty buildings and the library stand atop the tallest hill. This is Isabel Cardoso’s domain. In Coimbra they say that the librarian is responsible for the survival of the ancient books – along with the bats, which live behind the shelves and eat the pests that damage them. The library contains more than 9000 leather-bound volumes, and Cardoso cleans the pages with a soft brush. “Biblioteca Joanina has come to mean as much to me as my two children,” she explains. Cardoso left her job in a sugar factory ten years ago to work in the library, which, along with the Faculties of Law and Medicine, forms the heart of the university and the old town of Coimbra. “The university is almost like Coimbra’s biggest club,” she says, “if you’re not studying here, you work here.”

    Cardoso opens the heavy door to a group of tourists eager to see the library’s main hall with the tall, gilt wooden shelves and handwritten books. At once, the sound of music enters through the open door. Outside, on the sunny main quadrangle, students dressed in long, black cloaks are singing and playing guitar and flute. They are trying to raise money for the Queima das Fitas student festival. Walk down through the labyrinth of stone buildings to the new town, and you will soon understand why Isabel Cardoso is so happy to belong to the university club. Students sit engrossed in books in bars and cafés on the cobblestone squares, or chat together in the Botanical Garden, spreading that carefree mood so typical of the young.

    Day 5 – Coimbra to Porto: Wine valley

    In the Douro river valley the weak morning sun battles the swathes of fog obstinately clinging to the vines. You can barely discern the terraced vineyards that make growing wine on steep slopes possible, and which were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Dominic Symington parks his off-roader on the edge of the vineyard, pops a grape into his mouth and reaches for his phone. “Bom dia, José, Zimbro vineyard is ready for picking.” When he drives home to his whitewashed farmhouse Quinta do Malvedos on the banks of the Douro, his foreman, José, drives ten pickers to the vineyard.

    Grape harvest time would be almost a holiday for Symington if he didn’t have to get up so early to check the slopes to see which grapes were ripe. His role in the family business in Porto usually just consists of marketing the port that is produced from the grapes, but tradition dictates that a member of the family always give the command to pick the grapes.

    When the British went out searching for new wine regions more than three hundred years ago, the Symingtons, a Scottish family, began shipping port from the Douro valley to Great Britain. In the late 19th century, the company bought its first vineyards, and today, roughly one third of the port produced around the world carries the Symington label.

    We return along winding country roads to Porto, where the Douro flows into the Atlantic and where, in September, wine tastings are held to celebrate the new harvest. On the other side of the river, in Vila Nova da Gaia, the major port producers host tastings all year round in their wine cellars.


    Nightlife in Porto


    With its drinking scene still distinguished by the medieval-style taverns in the Old Town, and multitude of bars for tasting fortified

    wines, Porto has lately seen trendy art-minded venues opening in newer parts of the city. There are also a few lively nightclubs.

    Maus Hábitos

    Rua Passos Manuel 178
    4000-382 Porto
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    This chameleon of a locale is both a gallery and a bar, and turns into a club at night.

    Café Candelabro

    Rua da Conceição 3
    4050-215 Porto
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    Bohemian-types love Candelabro, which combines a bookshop with a bar.

    Teatro Nacional São João

    Praça da Batalha
    4000-102 Porto
    Tel: +351 22 340 1900
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    First built in the 18th century before being burned down, this restored theatre hosts opera and classical music concerts.

    Hard Club

    Praça do Infante D Henrique
    4050-252 Porto
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    Porto’s premier venue for live music, the former market building features rock, pop, and metal, as well as some theatre.


    Restaurants in Porto


    Porto boasts an excellent restaurant scene with both low-priced eateries serving traditional regional fare and more sophisticated and innovative spots.

    It’s tempting to dine on the riverfront with its terrific views, but the city centre generally serves a better standard and value for money.


    Largo de São Domingos 18
    4050-545 Porto
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    Price: Expensive

    The brainchild of famous chef Rui Paula, DOP experiments with classic Portuguese recipes.


    Edifício do Casino da Póvoa de Varzim
    4490-403 Póvoa de Varzim
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    Price: Expensive

    It’s worth heading to the coastal town of Póvoa do Varzim for this swanky fish restaurant.

    Abadia do Porto

    Rua Ateneu Comercial do Porto 22–24
    4000-380 Porto
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    Price: Moderate

    This refined restaurant serves classic mixed grills, tripes and seafood.

    Bull & Bear

    Avenida da Boavista 3431
    4149-017 Porto
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    Price: Moderate

    Innovative takes on traditional cooking typify one of Porto’s most celebrated restaurants.

    Churrasqueira Domingos

    Rua do Rosário 329
    4050-522 Porto
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    Price: Cheap

    For flame-grilled spicy chicken Portuguese style, head to this churrasqueira.


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    February 25 – March 8, 2020

    Venue: Teatro Rivoli

    Porto’s own international fantasy film festival, and one of Portugal’s most important film festivals, it features both blockbusters and art films.

    Serralves Festival

    June 2020

    Venue: Serralves Park

    Having first taken place in 2004, the Serralves Festival has fast established itself as one of Portugal’s biggest festivals of contemporary arts, it takes place over a single weekend and features 40 hours of non-stop music, theatre, dance, film and other activities.

    São João Festival (St John Festival)

    June 23 – 24, 2020

    Venue: City centre

    This is the biggest festival on the Porto calendar, attracting people from all over the country to the historic city centre for a huge party that features musical events, barbecuing in the streets, a massive fireworks display and people banging each other on the head with plastic hammers.

    Porto Marathon and Half Marathon

    November 8, 2020

    Venue: City centre start

    Annual races on a course running from the south bank of the Douro via the Atlantic coastline and Porto city centre.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Porto


    The historic centre and UNESCO World Heritage site has some classic palatial hotels built a century ago and more, as well as some elegant smaller (and more affordable) options.

    Beyond the Old Town in many up-and-coming districts you can find trendy contemporary properties.

    Pestana Porto Carlton

    Praça da Ribeira 1
    4050-513 Porto
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    Category: Expensive

    Set among historic buildings, this riverfront hotel offers a taste of old-style glamour.

    Infante Sagres

    Praça de Dona Filipa de Lencastre 62
    4050-259 Porto
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    Category: Expensive

    Classy Infante Sagres boasts its own art collection and a terrific restaurant serving traditional cuisine.

    Grande Hotel do Porto

    Rua de Santa Catarina 197
    4000-450 Porto
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    Category: Moderate

    Dating back to 1880, this charming stately-home-turned-hotel manages to be unfussy.


    Rua do Almada 131
    4050-037 Porto
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    Category: Moderate

    Set in an elegant listed building, Internacional is a smart hotel overlooking the Douro River.

    Boavista Guest House

    Rua da Boavista 667
    4050-110 Porto
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    Category: Cheap

    Friendly and relaxing, this unpretentious bed and breakfast is situated on the important Boavista street.

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    Not surprisingly, considering its close proximity to northern Africa, Portugal is one of the warmest European countries with an average temperature of 15°C (55°F) in the north and 18°C (64°F) in the south, while the Azores and Madeira are wetter and hotter respectively off the coast. It can become rainy and windy during autumn and winter, but spring and summer see temperatures soar to as high as 40°C (104°F) around the interior and 35°C (95°F) in the north.

    The northwest has mild winters with high levels of rainfall, and fairly short summers. The northeast experiences longer winters and hot summers. In the south, summers (May to October) are warm with very little rain except in early spring and autumn. Snow will fall in the north, but melts quickly.


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    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.


    Shopping in Porto

    Key Areas

    Head to Rua de Santa Catarina in the city centre, which is seen as the main shopping centre and features many big international high-street names. You can find designer labels on Avenida de Boavista. In the Old Town, rummage for gems in timeworn shops, old record stores and bookshops.


    Worth a visit just for the atmosphere, Bolhao (Rua Sá da Bandeira) is Porto’s main market selling fish, herbs and vegetables, with hefty women noisily promoting their wares. Also, be sure to pop into A Vida Portugesa (Rua Anchieta 11), an impressive space hosting classic Portuguese crafts.

    Shopping Centres

    The main mall is Via Catarina (Rua de Santa Catarina 312) in the heart of the shopping district whose quirky upper floor is designed like an Old Town street, with several restaurants. For art and design, head to Centro Comercial Bombarda (Rua de Miguel Bombarda 285).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Portugal is a fascinating mix of culture and folklore, depending on what part of the country you are visiting. Traditional ranchos folclóricos folklore, which is often illustrated with dance and song, tends to dominate the smaller towns and villages, with art and drama bigger in the larger towns and cities.

    The Portuguese are warm, hospitable people who revel in exhibitions, films, crafts, concerts, plays, café culture and also shopping malls (to combat the summer heat!).

    The summer festival season is a particularly pleasant experience, with football and bull fighting also enjoyed, along with the traditional religious activities that cater for the majority Catholic population.

    Casual wear is widely acceptable, but you shouldn’t wear beach clothing in towns. Smoking has been prohibited in public indoor spaces since 2008 and the ban includes cinemas, theatres, buses and most restaurants.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    You can drink tap water in major cities and towns, although you should be cautious in small villages. Thankfully, bottled water is widely available but if it’s not then any questionable water should be boiled for five minutes or treated with iodine. Salads and fruit are safe to eat anywhere in Portugal. Take care with shellfish such as cooked mussels that have not opened properly and avoid undercooked meat, particularly minced meat. Ice cream is fine, unless it has been melted and refrozen.

    Other Risks

    You will be treated on the same basis as a Portuguese resident, but you might have to make a patient contribution to the cost of your care. If you have to make such a payment, you may be able to seek reimbursement for this cost when you are back in the UK if you are not able to do so in Portugal. It is important that you ensure you are treated by a state healthcare provider, as you will not be covered for private healthcare. You should be particularly careful if the healthcare arrangements have been made by a hotel or travel representative. There are state health centres throughout the country (generally open from 0800 to 2000) where you can receive treatment for minor ailments and injuries, and major emergency hospitals in large towns which remain open throughout the night.

    Even though pharmacies are well stocked, take a decent supply of medication with you, and be aware pharmacies are usually closed for two hours over lunchtime. Carry a legible prescription with you to show that you legally use the medication. If you wear glasses, take a spare pair and your prescription just in case you need to get new glasses made up quickly.

    Be sure to take the usual precautions against sunburn and sunstroke, as the sun in Portugal can be blisteringly hot in the height of summer: wear high-factor sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and drink plenty of water.

    Vaccination against hepatitis B is sometimes recommended.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Enes, Manuel
    Clinica Praxis
    Rua Dr. Carlos Cal Brandao 48
    4050-160 Porto
    Tel. +351-2260-90129 or +351-9187-93903

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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