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travel helpful hints portugal
Portugal is regarded as those getaways that very few travelers actually chat about. This really is
intriguing as Portugal - the destination, is possibly among the most easy on the wallet, enjoyable,
inspiring countries accessible to vacation goers. The people are friendly, food is superb, the
beaches are sandy and golden. the climate is excellent and the landscape, architecture and the
history of this land is the the things which will likely have a person with the vacationing bug,
rubbing their hands with glee.
With regard to the county
Portugal was a world power in 15th and 16th century but was reduced to rubble during an
earthquake in 1755, Napoleon's Invasion and Brazil's Independence. Sharing the Iberian
Peninsula with Spain and bordering Atlantic Ocean by both west and south coast it is popular for
its long and varied coastline, sunny climate and the charming towns makes it a traveler's
paradise. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal.
The great thing about Portugal is that in spite of being a member of modern Europe you can still
discover ancient cultural heritage and dwellings that stand as reminders of days gone by.. While
modern architectural marvels like high-rise resorts dot the coast in the Southern province of the
Algarve, Lisbon on the west coast conversely is a crowded city home to many fine tourist resorts.
If you want to go back in time you have to just travel few miles north or east where you will see
scenic countryside still resemble medieval villages and towns of earlier centuries.
The Portugal climate falls really into two categories of weather due to the oceanic north and the
Mediterranean south. The southern aspects of the country makes it one of the warmest European
countries. The summers are dry and hot, the winters cold and wet with spring and autumn being
the perfect times to go visit this fascinating land.
Population & Languages
The population of Portugal is roughly 10.6 million and the official language being spoken is
Portuguese. Mirandese is also second officially language spoken in some portions of Portugal.
The voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The sort of plug used are round pin with
attachment and "Schuko" plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts.
Casual dressing is appropriate. But keep in mind to never wear swimwear in towns. Smoking is
allowed after meals in Restaurants. Smoking is prohibited in theatres, cinemas and buses.
Tipping is really optional but gladly received.
Castelo de Sao Jorge - Castle of St. George
Alfama - The oldest component of Lisbon
Sé (Cathedral) - earliest church in Lisbon
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Museum
The Bairro Alto - The Bairro Alto district, an historic enclave way back to 1513
Monument to the Discoveries - One of the prevalent sightseeing attractions in Lisbon is the
monument, upon the riverbank in the Avenida de Brasilia in the district of Belem, which was
created to observe the Portuguese Age of Discovery
Tower of Belem - This is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Parque das Nacoes
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis - dedicated to Soares dos Reis, the world famous sculptor
born and bred in Porto
Igreja de Sao Francisco
Solar Vinho do Porto
Vila Nova de Gaia
Frederico de Freitas Museum
Sao Vicente Caves
Guimaraes church and palace
By Air - The nation's airline of Portugal is TAP Air Portugal (TP). The airlines operates direct
flights to numerous destinations like Faro, Lisbon and Porto from a wide variety of countries,
including Canada, France, Spain, the UK and USA. Portugalia Airlines (NI) operates flights from
Europe. Many popular airlines that fly to Poland from UK are British Airways, GB Airways and
Monarch Airlines, Easyjet, bmibaby, Jet 2, MyTravelLite, Flybe, Flyglobespan and SATA.The
largest airport is Lisbon International Airport which is located like 4.5 miles north of the city.
By Sea - The main ports for international passengers are Lisbon, Leixes (Oporto), Funchal
(Madeira) and Portimão (Algarve), provided by Cunard, Italia, Linea C, Olympia, P&O and Union
By Rail - If originating from UK, the simplest approach is to get on Eurostar train to Paris and from
Paris to Portugal by Sud-Express.
Road - Spain is the only country sharing border with Portugal. The major border posts are open
much of the time at this time.
Duty Free Items
1. Upwards of 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g smoking tobacco for NonEuropean union countries.
2. 1 liter spirits with alcohol above 22%, or Only two liter spirits or aperitifs made out of wine less
than 22% or sparkling wines or liqueurs, or a proportionate mix of these, and 2 liters of wine
3. Fragrances up to 50g and 250ml eau de toilette
4. Gifts up to €175
5. 500g coffee or 100g tea or 40g of tea extract
6. Medicines for individual use
Birds and poultry arriving from countries contaminated with Avian influenza, Un-canned goods,
meat or dairy products, Narcotics, firearms, ammunition, weaponry, eggs, plants, endangered
species, fireworks and alcoholic drink that contain more than 60 % alcohol.portugal travel