Welcome to Portugal


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Area 92,142 km²
  Azulejos Painted tiles known as azulejos are one of Portugal's specialities, visible all over the country on houses and public buildings but most memorably in or on churches. (more info)


Bicycles In every large touristic centre there is the possibility to rent bicycles. They are not a usual mean of transport! The bumpy roads are only suitable for roadsters.
  Borders 1.214 km total length, bordering country is Spain
  Bull fight Already in 1451 a temporary arena was constructed in Lisbon for the wedding of a Portuguese princess. (more info)
  Business hours Banks open from 8:30 am to 3 pm from Monday to Friday; closed on bank holidays. Shops open from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm (working days). On Saturdays, most shops close at 1 pm. Most supermarkets (supermercados), corner shops and boutiques in the tourism centres also open on Sundays. In the Shopping Centres (Centros Comerciais) you can quite often shop until midnight. Museums open from 10 am to 12:30 am and from 2 pm to 5 pm. Closed on Mondays. Some palaces also close on Wednesdays. Pharmacies open from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturday mornings. There are also 24 hour pharmacies which operate according to an official chart displayed on Pharmacy windows.


Capital Lisboa (Lisbon)
  Clothing The Portuguese climate underlies the atlantic influence. This is why there is chilling wind at the West Coast in the evenings. A warm cardigan or a sweater are a must in each suitcase. In other respects, cotton or linen will do at the high temperatures during summer. During winter time one should take a water-proff jacket and an umbrella. Portuguese houses are not usually heated, but Casa Velha has a central heating system and several open fireplaces at your disposal, which will provide a comfortable warmth.Beach wear is NOT appropriate when visiting churches.
  Coastline 1.793 km
  Constitutional System A Republic ruled by a Constitution. The Constitutional System includes the President of the Republic who represents the Portuguese Republic, the Assembleia da República (Parliament) that represents the Portuguese citizens, the Government and the Courts of Law that administers justice in the name of the people and are solely subject to the law and whose decisions are binding for all public and private entities. With the exception of the Law Courts, these sovereign organs (excepting the Government) are elected by direct, secret and periodic vote by the people. See Political System
  Currency Euro (divided into 100 centimes)
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