Know Before You Go | Portugal
Choose Shoes Wisely
I know it looks like common sense, but when you are visiting a hilly city like Lisbon this needs to be highlighted! There’s no doubt that the most popular way to explore Portugal most popular spots is on foots, but considering packing a good pair of sneakers or sturdy comfortable sandals. Just remember, hilly and cobblestones everywhere!
Choose a Meal Not a Snack
It’s usually much cheaper to eat your main meal at lunchtime – join the local office workers for a three-course midday meal with wine and coffee for around €12.
Some menus show a cover charge per person which usually includes bread and butter, others will charge for everything individually, even the bread rolls. Usually the simple starters are pretty cheap, so if you fancy some bread and cheese to start, go for it. Just be aware that anything fishy is usually expensive so only tuck in if you really want it. And don’t be afraid to check the price of anything, and say “no thanks” to the waiter if they bring you dishes you don’t want.
Now To The Coffee
In Portugal, ordering café will get you an espresso, which may be too strong for some people who will actually prefer a meia de leite (half-coffee and half-milk), a galão (a shot of espresso with triple the milk), or any other coffee-based concoction. If you are in Lisbon, make sure you try a bica e pastel de nata! (You will also become obsessed with pastry and that is just a FACT)
Beware of Prices
Portugal is a budget-friendly destination, but there are definitely some restaurants and hotels that cost much more than the average. Before deciding on any one location or venue, check the prices and compare them with similar spots in the same neighbourhood. Also, be aware that some prices may change between seasons and may be higher in the summer than the winter.
Please Remember 112
This is Portugal’s 911 or 000 number that will get you in contact with the police and emergency medical services. When you need an ambulance, 112 is the number to call and it’s also free from all phones.
The Nice Guy Helping You With Parking Is After A Tip
Portugal is incredibly car-friendly, but the cities can experience a bit of a parking problem. At times, a man may begin waving you into an open spot that you’re unable to see. They aren’t doing this for free and after leaving your car, you may be approached for a tip.