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 0.92 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 205.11 Mbps and mobile is 141.59 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Portugal has more ATMs than most other countries.165.27 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

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.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2022 New Year’s DayAno Novo
March 1, 2022Moving holiday CarnivalCarnaval
April 15, 2022Moving holiday Good FridaySexta-feira Santa
April 17, 2022Moving holiday Easter SundayDomingo de Páscoa
April 25, 2022 Freedom DayDia da Liberdade
May 1, 2022 Labour DayDia do Trabalhador
June 1, 2022 Azores DayDia dos Açores Regional holiday
June 10, 2022 National DayDia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas
June 16, 2022Moving holiday Corpus ChristiCorpo de Deus
July 1, 2022 Madeira DayDia da Madeira Regional holiday
August 15, 2022 Assumption DayAssunção de Nossa Senhora
October 5, 2022 Republic DayImplantação da República
November 1, 2022 All Saints DayDia de Todos-os-Santos
December 1, 2022 Restoration of IndependenceRestauração da Independência
December 8, 2022 Immaculate ConceptionImaculada Conceição
December 25, 2022 Christmas DayNatal
December 26, 2022 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 7:37 AM and sets at 6:03 PM. The climate of Lisbon may be categorized as a Mediterranean (Csa), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 5Partly cloudlyLow: 4.2°C (39.56°F)High: 15.5°C (59.9°F)
MondayFeb 6Partly cloudlyLow: 2.9°C (37.22°F)High: 14.9°C (58.82°F)
TuesdayFeb 7RainLow: 3.2°C (37.76°F)High: 13.8°C (56.84°F)
WednesdayFeb 8DrizzleLow: 5.6°C (42.08°F)High: 13.3°C (55.94°F)
ThursdayFeb 9OvercastLow: 7.6°C (45.68°F)High: 15.2°C (59.36°F)
FridayFeb 10Partly cloudlyLow: 7.3°C (45.14°F)High: 15.9°C (60.62°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 16.71.

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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