When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Portugal to help you prepare for your trip.
Portugal is a warm and welcoming country where family values are a big apart of the culture. Holiday makers are very welcomed and campers from more northerly climates in particular can enjoy Portugal's winter climate, especially on the Algarve. The picturesque coastlines, beaches and attractive lower cost of living are a hard combination to beat!
The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. Some of the most common greetings you may find useful to know when visiting are:
• Olá - Hello
• Bom dia – Good morning
• Adeus – Goodbye
• Sim - Yes
• Não - No
• Por favor / Se faz favor - Please
• Obrigado/ Obrigada – Thank you
• Fala inglês? – Do you speak English?
• Aberto / Fechado, Encerrado – Open / Closed
• Homens / Senhoras – Gents / Ladies
• Parque de Campismo – Campsite
As a rule you will find Portuguese people very polite, with “please” and “thank you” being used frequently. People are very helpful, especially in the tourist areas and some will speak English, but it is polite to always ask if they do in Portuguese first.
The currency of Portugal is the Euro.
Monday to Friday: 0830 – 1500
- Some city centre banks are open until 1800
Credit Cards & ATM
The major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club) are widely accepted by shops, hotels, restaurants and petrol stations. However, petrol stations will add €0.50 to the cost of fuel if paying by credit card.
There are cash dispenser machines (ATMs) throughout the country which accept debit and credit cards.
Travellers' cheques are no longer generally used, although they may be exchanged at some major banks, airports and railway stations.