Lisbon Tourist Information
Commerce: Many shops in main parts of the city have long opening hours. Otherwise, they open on working days – from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm. Some shops stay open during lunchtime. Some small shops may close on Saturdays afternoon and on Sundays.
In shopping centres, shops are opened 7 days a week from 10 am to 10 pm, restaurants and cinemas will keep open until later.
Banks: From Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 3 pm.
Restaurants: open from 12 pm to 3 pm and from 7 pm and 10 pm. There are some restaurants with longer hours.
Pharmacies are usually open on working days from 9 am to 7 pm. Saturdays: from 9 am to 1 pm. Every closed pharmacy has the information about the nearest Service Pharmacy opened 24 hours.
Post Offices: The post offices are opened between 9 am and 6 pm on working days. Central and airport stations are opened on Saturdays. In Lisbon, the central station is in Restauradores square. Post offices away from the centre will close for lunch at 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm.
Tax Free Shopping
At the moment, goods VAT in Portugal is generally 23%.
If you live outside the European Union you’ll have the right to the return of VAT on your way out of Europe. To have the right to Tax Free you’ll have to do shopping over 61.50€ euros in one shop adherent to Tax Free (the logo will be visible). The shop itself will supply the forms that you must fill in and deliver in the airport.
Capital and largest city: Lisbon
Area: 92,090 km²
Population: 2.8 million inhabitants in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (of which 505,000 in the city)
The official language is Portuguese.
UTC 0 | UTC+1 summer time (from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October). Same time as the UK.
Currency & Banks
Portugal has the euro (EUR) as its currency. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Automated Teller Machines (ATM), locally known as Multibancos (MB), can be found all over Portugal, including small villages. The maximum amount per withdrawal is €150-200, with a daily limit of €400. Banks are open from 8.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Electricity | Plug System
Electrical supply: 230 V | Frequency: 50 Hz
To make a call to Portugal from abroad dial +351 (the international country code). To make international calls use 00 or + followed by country and city codes, and the number you wish to call. Roaming service is available from Meo, Vodafone and Nos mobile operators. Get in touch with your mobile phone company to make sure that you can use your mobile in Portugal. WiFi is available all over the country. The majority of hotels, many public spaces and larger shops offer free WiFi.
Tap water is safe to drink and of good quality throughout Portugal. Local bottled mineral water is available from shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars.
Health | Vaccination
Travellers do not normally require certificates of vaccination or immunisation to enter Portugal. Visitors from EU member states should carry their valid European Health Insurance Card to be entitled to free medical and hospital care. Visitors from other countries are advised to take out a personal medical insurance policy. Medical care in Portugal is available through both public and private hospitals.
Passports & Visas
Citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein need only a valid ID card or passport. Citizens from Canada, US, South America, Australia, New Zealand and from most Asian countries traveling to Portugal do not need a visa for stays under 90 days; only a valid passport is required. Citizens from other countries should see here to find out if they are required to have a valid visa.
Portugal has been placed as the third most peaceful country in the world, and the second most peaceful country in Europe by the latest Global Peace Index Report of 2017. Check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal for more and updated information.
January 1 - New Year.
April 25 - Freedom Day.
May 1 - Worker's Day.
June 10 - Portugal National Day.
June 13 - St Anthony’s Day (in Lisbon only)
August 15 - The Assumption.
October 5 - Republic Day.
November 1 - All the saints.
December 1 - Restoration of Independence Day.
December 8 - Immaculate Conception Day.
December 25 - Christmas.
Shrove Tuesday, February or March - Lisbon Carnival Day.
60 days after Easter Sunday - Corpus Christi Day.
Christmas and New Year’s holidays
On 24 December and 31 December shops, including shopping centres, close at 7pm.
On Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January) most attractions, shops and many restaurants are closed. Public transport is affected on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with reduced service.
Most attractions will open on Good Friday, but some may close on Easter Sunday.
School term dates change slightly from year to year. Traditionally, there are three school terms, with three short mid-term breaks and a longer break over the summer:
Summer holiday: late June to early September
Christmas holidays: late December to early January
Carnival holidays: Carnival Monday, Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
Easter holidays: two weeks either side of Easter Sunday