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Official languages




Calling code


Area codes

Lisbon: 21, Porto: 22, Madera: 291, Azores: 292, 295, 296, Madeira: 291, Braga: 253, Coimbra: 239

Internet TLD



Generally shops are open Monday–Saturday from 9am to 1pm and from 3pm to 7pm (after siesta). On Saturday afternoons shops are closed. Shopping malls are usually open from 9am to 10pm.

National holidays

New Year’s Day   January 1
Easter   movable feast
Liberty Day   April 25
Labour Day   May 1
Corpus Christi   movable feast
Portugal Day   June 10
Assumption   August 15
Republic Day   October 5
All Saints’ Day   November 1
Independence Day   December 1
Immaculate Conception   December 8
Christmas   December 25 & 26

National dish

Sardinhas assadas – charcoal grilled sardines
Pasteis de bacalhau – cod pâté
Caldo verde – green soup made from potatoes, cabbage and sausage
Sopa de pedra – (‘stone’ soup) vegetable soup made from potatoes, red beans and onions
Cataplana – seafood dish prepared in the special cookware
Linguado grelhado – grilled sole
Bife de atun – tuna steak
Arroz de marisco – seafood rice


Portugal’s electricity runs on 230V/50Hz.


Citizens of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Canada, USA and Australia do not need visa for entry into Portugal (for stays of up to 90 days). They only need a passport valid for up to 6 months. For citizens of EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland only an Identity Card is required.

Useful numbers

Ambulance: 113
Fire Brigade: 110
Police: 112