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Questions tagged [portugal]

Country located in Southwestern Europe, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east.

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Will I be understood in all Portuguese-speaking countries, if I learn Portuguese in Portugal?

I really like the Portuguese language, but if I want to be understood in all Portuguese speaking countries (e.g. Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique), would it be enough to speak "Portuguese" ...
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Does the cartography workshop where Christopher Columbus lived in Lisbon still exist?

According to the entry of Christopher Columbus on Wikipedia, Christopher Columbus spent his early years as an apprentice cartographer in a workshop in Lisbon. Does this workshop still exist and if so ...
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Can one see Morocco from Portugal?

Is it possible to see Morocco from the very south of Portugal, say, Faro or Lagos? If so, which would one see more easily, Tangier or Rabat? Both Tangier and Rabat are nearly at sea-level. The ...
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Can I rent a car at the airport without a flight in Lisbon?

I'm flying to Lisbon and staying for a few nights, then I want to rent a car and drive to other parts of the country. I don't want to rent a car as soon as I land since I won't need it in the city. ...
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Are there any issues with speaking Spanish as a tourist in Portugal?

I'm about to go on a trip to Portugal, not knowing any Portuguese. I was planning to learn all the basics (yes, no, hello, goodbye, thank you, etc) but in a slightly more complicated situation it's ...
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Where can I get stitches removed while traveling in Portugal?

I needed to have a very small surgical procedure done in my home country, which resulted in a small incision in my head that had to be closed with two stitches. The stitches are supposed to be ...
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Legality of cameras in vacation/holiday home?

I'm currently staying in a property in Portugal (Almancil) that has several Verisure cameras inside and outside of the house. I have seen the panel light up red on a few random occasions which led to ...
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How much does a taxi from Lisbon airport to city center cost?

I'm arriving in Lisbon fairly late on a Sunday with a fair amount of baggage. I've usually used the Aerobus (which works fine) but I've got more baggage than usual and it'll have been a long day by ...
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Can a minor fly from Germany to Portugal and back without permission from his parents?

My brother (17) and I (25) plan to fly from Germany to Portugal with Ryanair. I'm worried, if they will let him on the plane without our parents. I did a little bit of research and found this on the ...
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Are there ATM fees in the Azores?

ATM owners don't charge fees to withdraw cash in Portugal, regardless of your home bank or card issuer. (Of course any fees charged by your home bank / card issuer, e.g. for foreign transactions, are ...
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Where can I listen to authentic Fado in Lisbon?

I am looking for a nice place to listen to fado in Lisbon. Unfortunatly there are too many tourist oriented venues. Not that Fado is bad there, but you're certainly going to pay tourist prices and, ...
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Schengen tourist visa for a Japanese national

I've a Japanese friend coming to the European Union, land in the UK and depart back to Japan from The Netherlands with flights from UK to Portugal and from Portugal to The Netherlands. I know that ...
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Is there a cultural belief in Brazil or Spain that frowns upon brushing one's teeth / spitting in the kitchen sink?

I was recently told by my Brazilian roommate not to brush my teeth in the sink (I wasn't, I just spit in it) because of cultural reasons. Is there a cultural norm in Brazil / Portugal where this ...
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Portuguese cusine in Lisbon

I'm now going to Lisbon. This is travel for work, and now, just at the very last minute, I'm realizing I can enjoy the place as well (and not only think to work duties 😊) and especially the cuisine. ...
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How to find accommodation on a multi-island trip to the Azores?

The Azores seems like a very interesting place to do. Most planes arrive at Ponta Delgada, but from there every Azores portal advises to do a multi-island journey. There are a multitude of companies ...
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Where to buy/top up public transport tickets in Lisbon?

On a recent visit to Lisbon, I made considerable use of the public transport system. On first arriving at the airport, I purchased a "Viva Viagem" card, and loaded it with some funds. This worked ...
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Lisbon: Getting from the airport to city center

I am travelling to Lisbon (on Airport terminal 2) soon, and would like to know how to get to the city center without using a taxi. Is there some public transport that can easily be reached from the ...
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From France west coast to Portugal via ship?

I'd like to go to Portugal from France west coast (example: Brest or Nantes / Saint-Nazaire). Of course we can go there by car, but: I'd like to avoid the 2 days driving for 1562 km (Saint-Nazaire ...
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Where can I apply for a Portuguese visa as a resident of Scotland?

I heard that in order to apply for Portugal visa while living in Scotland, I have to do it via the consulate in Manchester, even though the consulate in London is easier to reach. However I cannot ...
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Buying train tickets in Portugal

Soon, my wife and I want to travel from Faro to Lisbon by train and back a few days later. I have found this website: Comboios De Portugal. A complication is that we are not exactly sure when we ...
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Is there a site that lists all the best viewpoints of Lisbon?

I have a goal which is visiting all view points in Lisbon, if possible, in one day. The city has quite some points with very nice scenic views. I know quite a few, but when I talk to people about ...
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Is it better to book a car rental in advance, or once I'm in Azores?

We will be traveling to the Azores, but we haven't decided yet on which islands to combine in our trip of three weeks. How does it work on a multi-island trip to the Azores and renting cars? Should I ...
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Portuguese gendarmerie cars with continuous blue lights

Occasionally, I see gendarmerie cars (from the GNR) on Portuguese highways with continuous blue lights on without flashing them or using the siren. As a German, I am not aware of such behavior by ...
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Looking for a small scenic beach town village in Spain or Portugal [closed]

A few friends and I are looking for a small Spain/Portugal beach town or village to stay at for a week. We want something scenic, ideally with cliffs or terrain on the beach. We are all 28 to 30 and ...
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Dual Passports: Australian and Lebanese

I am currently studying in the UK with a visa on my Lebanese passport. If I want to travel to Portugal I will need a visa. Can I use my Australian passport to get out of the UK and visit Portugal and ...
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What to do with (small) children in Lisbon on a 5-7 hour transit layover? [closed]

There is a chance we will have a layover in lisbon for 5-7 hours with small children. Should we just stay in the airport and make the best of it, or is there something we could do in Lisbon? I asume ...
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Understanding Portugal addresses

Next week I'll have to visit someone in Porto and hand him an iPhone 11 which is a gift from his father. He is a visitor to Portugal himself. He provided me with a very unusual address. Rua Justino ...
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Travelling from Portugal to Finland - is it recommended to get a passport?

This summer I will be travelling to Helsinki (and staying there for about a week). While both countries belong to the EU, and so I am not obliged to get a passport, I know that not having one can make ...
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Looking for a sunset spot in Porto, Portugal

As mentioned in my question I am looking for a sunset spot in Porto. That could be something like a beach or park with good view of the sunset to have a glass of port wine from the supermarket and ...
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How can I document my relation to a friend for the purposes of Schengen visa

I'm a Russian national planning to visit my friend A in Portugal. A is also a Russian national, married to a Portugal national B. B is willing to provide me with a term of responsibility letter, that ...
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Can I buy a Portuguese train ticket that is not bound to a specific train?

I'm travelling from Lisboa Oriente to Guarda next week. I hope to catch the 13:39 direct train, but I'm not sure if I can make it. There is a later, indirect and slower connection departing 14:09 (...
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Driving from Belgium to Portugal

On the 1st of August we're driving from Brussels to Idahna-A-Nova in Portugal to attend Boom Festival. We're leaving very early to avoid as many traffic jams as possible. According to Google Maps we ...
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How to switch from Tourist visa to Resident visa status in the Schengen area?

I know that this question has been answered to some degree through other posts, but my question is this: If my type-D visa to Portugal is valid as of April 16th, 2017, may I enter Portugal or any ...
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Rocky beach accessible from Faro by public transport [closed]

We'll be spending a couple days this summer in Faro, and we would like to visit a nice beach with cliffs near the sea. The difficulty is that we won't have a car, so we will use public transport, but ...
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Which of the Azores islands are your best bet to see whales?

The Azores seems to be a nice destination for whale watching. Most islands seem to offer whale watching trips. Are there islands that are better whale watch destinations, or are they all around?
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Secondhand/antique book shops in Lisbon

I am soon going to Lisbon. Being a big enthusiast of dictionaries, I would like to acquire some when I get there. What I am mostly interested in are big technical (but not only) dictionaries at a ...
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Madeira - transport to Levada das 25 Fontes

I will be going to Madeira for a few days in May with my friend. We would love to go for the hike Levada das 25 Fontes. Unfortunately I don't see any public transport going to the starting point of ...
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Lost property on Portuguese trains

What do I do if I leave an item on a Portuguese train? I was travelling from Lisbon to Lagos with a change at Tunes. The change was quite tight so I hurried. As a result, I forgot a bag.
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Can I buy a prepaid mobile internet sim in Portugal as a tourist?

The titles says it all. I would like to buy a SIM cart to enable mobile Internet on my phone in all of Portugal, preferably for a month. Is this possible, or is mobile internet only for local ...
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Where to watch German world cup soccer games in Lisbon? [closed]

I will be visiting the beautiful town of Lisbon this weekend with a group of friends from Germany. Since the next German world cup game is pretty important we want to watch and support our team on ...
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Applying for US visa while overstaying in another country

I am a resident in Portugal, but I am not a citizen of Portugal. My residency card is not valid any more. Can I apply for a USA tourist visa as an illegal resident in Portugal?
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How to decline CDW and LDW when booking a car online?

In a couple of months I will be traveling to Portugal, and I need to rent a car. Since I have a MasterCard Platinum, I can get coverage and save some money by declining CDW and LDW. From MasterCard's ...
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Queima das Fitas (Burning of the Ribbons) Porto/Coimbra 2014

I have been desperately trying to find more information on the Queima das Fitas student parties in Portugal (Porto and Coimbra). I have tried many resources, but the websites are not updated and ...
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I have two simultaneous Schengen visas. How does the 90/180 rule work?

I am an Indian passport holder, living in the US (with work visa, no green card). I had a Schengen visa issued by the Netherlands valid from 12th January, 2017 to 11th January, 2019 and spent 69 ...
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Is a rental confirmation for a holiday home a valid proof of accommodation when applying for a Schengen visa?

To obtain as Ukrainian Citizen a Schengen Tourist Visa for visiting Portugal, do I need to book my holiday home through a traveling agency or can I use any offer on holiday rentals from an Internet ...
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Taizé prayer in Lisbon: where?

I'm going to Lisbon for 5 days. Where I live use to go to the Taize' prayer in some Parrish. I know this is international and that many people, after coming back to Taizé, start to pray the same way ...
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Can Portugal “black list” my passport because I got a visa but didn't visit Portugal with it?

I visited Spain last month with my family, and while applying for the visa I mentioned I would spend max time in Portugal. I got a Schengen visa from the Portugal embassy. That was the actual plan. I ...
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I got engaged while on an ESTA visa [closed]

Alright, in the event of me and my boyfriend (he is a US citizen) getting married before the 90 days from my ESTA visa expiring, and if we apply for a change of status, can I stay in the us while the ...
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Are there any mountaineering/hiking activities in or near Albufeira, Portugal?

I'm heading over to Albufeira, Portugal on Thursday and I was just wondering if there are any hiking or mountaineering activities, or outdoor landmarks worth seeing in the area (or close by). I don'...
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Indian passport holder living in Scotland, travelling to portugal for vacations

I am living in Edinburgh and hold a 5-year work permit in the UK. I want to travel to Portugal for 15 days. I hold an Indian passport; can you please tell me if I need to apply for a visa? if so, ...