Portugal

Capital Lisbon

Population 10,374,822

Area 92,090 km2

Key facts

Portugal is a member state of the European Union located in Southern Europe. Portugal has only one border country: Spain. The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. Although English isn’t the official language, the majority of people in Portugal are good English speakers.

EF EPI’s 2021 rankings placed Portugal 7th among 100 nations out of non-native English-speaking countries.

The national currency in Portugal is Euro (EUR). The euro (€) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today’s currency rate, 1 USD is worth 0.93 EUR.

Portuguese
Banknotes

€5€10€20€50€100€200€500

Portuguese
Coins

€1€25c10c20c50c1c2c

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Portugal is 214.95 Mbps and mobile is 158.53 Mbs.The global average is 159.18 Mbps and 109.61 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Portugal has more ATMs than most other countries.162.87 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.69.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Portugal without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Portugal. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Portugal will celebrate 14 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are 3 holidays that are only celebrated in certain parts of Portugal. The next one Azores Day will take place on June 1.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayAno Novo
February 21, 2023Moving holiday CarnivalCarnaval
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridaySexta-feira Santa
April 9, 2023Moving holiday Easter SundayDomingo de Páscoa
April 25, 2023 Freedom DayDia da Liberdade
May 1, 2023 Labour DayDia do Trabalhador
June 1, 2023 Azores DayDia dos Açores Regional holiday
June 8, 2023Moving holiday Corpus ChristiCorpo de Deus
June 10, 2023 National DayDia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas
July 1, 2023 Madeira DayDia da Madeira Regional holiday
August 15, 2023 Assumption DayAssunção de Nossa Senhora
October 5, 2023 Republic DayImplantação da República
November 1, 2023 All Saints DayDia de Todos-os-Santos
December 1, 2023 Restoration of IndependenceRestauração da Independência
December 8, 2023 Immaculate ConceptionImaculada Conceição
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayNatal
December 26, 2023 St. Stephen’s DayPrimeira Oitava Regional holiday

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Portugal?

There are Mariott hotels in 2 cities: Lisbon and Obidos.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Portugal.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Portugal.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Portugal.

There are Radisson hotels in Lisbon.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Portugal.

What fast food chains are present in Portugal?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Portugal.

The KFC chain operates in Portugal.

The Burger King chain operates in Portugal.

The Subway chain operates in Portugal.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Portugal.

The Starbucks chain operates in Portugal.

Weather

What is the weather like in Lisbon?

Today the sun in Lisbon, rises at 6:12 AM and sets at 8:55 PM. The climate of Lisbon may be categorized as a Mediterranean (Csa), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayMay 31OvercastLow: 13.8°C (56.84°F)High: 24.6°C (76.28°F)
ThursdayJun 1OvercastLow: 15.1°C (59.18°F)High: 27.3°C (81.14°F)
FridayJun 2Partly cloudlyLow: 16.6°C (61.88°F)High: 28.3°C (82.94°F)
SaturdayJun 3Partly cloudlyLow: 16.9°C (62.42°F)High: 29.7°C (85.46°F)
SundayJun 4Partly cloudlyLow: 16.8°C (62.24°F)High: 23.7°C (74.66°F)
MondayJun 5OvercastLow: 14.8°C (58.64°F)High: 24.2°C (75.56°F)

Weather data for Lisbon (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Lisbon.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 21 cities. Bolt is available in 17 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Portugal.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 6.4, Portugal is placed 15th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Portugal traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  639.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 8.20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Portugal

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Decriminalized up to 25g of herb or 5g of hashish
Medical usage: Legal

You are not entitled to a duty-free allowance for tobacco or alcohol if you are under the age of 17.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
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