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Practical Information


Portugal is a Republic having a President of the Republic, as the country higher political figure and democratic Parliament.

Cultural aspects

Men in Portugal greet other men with a strong handshake, Women greet other women with two light cheek-to-cheek kisses starting from your right side. Men and Women greet with a light handshake or two light cheek-to-cheek kisses starting from your right side depending on the occasion and the degree of familiarity.


The state is secular, without an official religion, though most of the population is traditionally catholic. That said, the country is very religiously open minded and offers free of cult to every religion.


The official current is Euro, as in most of the European countries.


ATM machines can be found everywhere along main roads and not necessarily close to a Bank. There aren’t, usually, additional fees if money is withdrawn from different bank ATMs.

Standart Time

  • The standard time in Portugal is GMT:00, one our earlier than CET,
  • On the last Sunday of March the goes forward one hour,
  • On the last Sunday of October the clock goes back one hour.


The national emergency number is 112. This line provides access to Police and Fire departments and Hospital/Medical support.


  • The standard metric system is meters (m), kilos (kg), and litres (l).
  • Temperatures and measure in degrees Celsius
  • Clothing articles are measured in S, M, L, XL
  • Footware articles are measured following the European standard


  • The standard voltage is 220v, 50hz
  • Sockets follow the European standard. European, United Kingdom will need an adapter that is usually widely available.

Telephone prefix

00351 or +351

Road traffic

  • Traffic drives trough the right
  • 50 km/h maximum speed inside built up areas
  • 70 to 90 km/h maximum speed outside built up areas
  • 120 km/h maximun speed in highways
  • Bus lanes are reserved for BUS and Taxi service


  • Breakfast, until lunch
  • Lunch from 12:30 to 14:30
  • Dinner from 19:00 to 00:00, or later

Shopping hours

  • Shopping centres 10:00 to 00:00
  • Traditional retail stores 10:00 to 19:00 without lunch break - We tell you how to get more from your holidays in Lisbon