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Travel tips for Portugal - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

Lisbon Staying in a foreign country involves respecting her cultural traditions and rules. Portugal in this sense is no exception.
The price of snacks in restaurants is included in the price of main courses, and the visitor has the right to refuse it in advance. In this case, the cost will be deducted from the sum of the final bill. If the guest has tasted the snack, it will have to be paid for and the cost can be equal to the price of a hot dish.
The Portuguese adhere to the traditional routine of eating: breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, snack or lunch, and then dinner.
Most hotels in the country provide a five-star level of service. This is because working below this standard is considered disadvantageous. One …
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Frugal tourists are advised to order portions in the restaurant to take-out, or buy ready-made products in local supermarkets.
Some restaurants in Portugal specialize in preparing a takeaway meal. Previously, such food establishments resembled affordable and convenient eateries for the locals. To date, there are numerous take away restaurants located in all towns of the country, and tourists can try a variety of dishes cooked on a charcoal stove. 
Lovers of elegant shoes with high heels are advised to abandon such shoes for the period of travel as most of the sidewalks of Portugal are equipped with small paving stones called “kalsada”. To ensure a comfortable stay, sports shoes or shoes with flat soles are recommended.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Portugal

Colorful and unique places in Portugal

Sintra

From the series “Nooks and Villages That Are More Colorful Than Top Touristic Destinations”
Sintra has long been one of the main national symbols of Portugal. Only here, at the place with a rich history, you can see majestic palaces and castles, look into the monasteries, where the way of life has not changed for hundreds of years, stroll through the centuries-old forests and quiet parks. The city is famous for its romantic scenery and historic architecture. It is often chosen for vacations by lovers and creative personalities in search of inspiration.

About 27 000 people reside in the city.  Sintra together with its vast surroundings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travelers who want to visit the picturesque town and get acquainted with its iconic landmarks will have a rich tour program. The most famous attraction is the National Palace of Sintra. The world famous Palace of … Read all

Monsanto

From the series “Nooks and Villages That Are More Colorful Than Top Touristic Destinations”
In Portugal, there is the amazing town of Monsanto that doesn’t resemble any other site in the world. This historic town, which has been founded more than 800 years ago, was officially recognized as the most Portuguese one. The site is simply charming and has a lot of unique features. The main peculiarity of the town is the presence of huge granite boulders. They remind us about an intense volcanic activity that took place many years ago.

Today, enormous stones perfectly fit into the surrounding landscape. They replace a part of the walls or roofs in some houses. At first glance, several streets resemble ruins after a terrible catastrophe. In fact, homes of local residents have been built right in the middle of huge granite stones. Some houses have been carved just inside the huge … Read all

Lisbon Oceanarium

From the series “The Coolest and Largest Oceanariums in the World”
There is a magnificent aquarium in the Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon, which is also one of the largest and most visited in Europe. An arrangement of the oceanarium is very amazing. It is equipped with five large aquariums, each of which represents a collection of one of the inhabitants of the oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Indian and Arctic. Opening of the Lisbon Oceanarium was held in 1998. The sight is located in a building that was constructed specifically for the World Exhibition.

Since its opening, the place has gained the immense popularity among both locals and tourists. Currently, the Lisbon Oceanarium is visited by over a million people each year. There are more than 16 000 marine creatures belonging to 450 different species. The volume of the largest tank is 5 000 cubic … Read all
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Advices for popular cities of Portugal

Lisbon
1. Setting out to Lisbon you should be surely backed up with a pair of comfortable shoes. The reason is that the city is placed on seven hills that is why hiking through the wind streets is only possible wearing sport shoes. 2. The public system of city transportation is presented by the underground network, trams and cable railway. For those tourists who are limited in time and crave to hunt the best part of city sights the tram route # 28 will do best. It can be really named as excursion … Read more
Albufeira
1. The local residents usually have early dinners from 12:00 to 14:30, so many restaurants and cafes can be closed once the dinner time is over. Supper, however, is rarely eaten earlier than 20:00, so the menu can simply be not ready until that time in many large restaurants. 2. The menus of many restaurants and cafes contain two prices - the full cost of a dish and the cost of its half. The reason for this is in the fact that food portions are quite large in the local restaurants, so many … Read more
Porto
1. A walk along Douro River is one of the best ways to explore the sights of the city. If you plan to stay in the city just for a couple of days, a boat tour on this river will be the best choice for you. 2. Local restaurants and bars often become venues for concerts of well-known musical performers. A visit to a luxurious gastronomic facility can easily replace visiting a concert hall. 3. All best restaurants dedicated to national cuisine can be found in Cais da Ribeira district. … Read more
Funchal
1.Luxury hotels are situated mainly in the western part of the resort. They feature quite high prices, so it makes sense for budget travelers to pay attention to hotels at other areas. 2. Travelers who expect to save on trips and want to explore the city by themselves are advised to use a taxi. Daily rent of a taxi will cost travelers about 150-180 euros, depending on the planned route, while the cost of some bus trips is about 100 euros. 3. It is comfortable to navigate around the city on … Read more
Lagos
1. In many restaurants before ordering visitors are offered a variety of snacks. They may be waived; however, if the client would try the snack, then its cost will be included in the total bill. Often the cost of snacks is quite high, so those who don’t expect to overpay are advised to ignore treats. 2. In many culinary places meals can be purchased for take-out, in this case the cost will be 10-20% lower. It is recommended to go to one of local supermarkets for buying grocery. The closer to … Read more
Portimao
1. In a lot of local restaurants clients can taste various snacks before the order. Snacks’ price will be included in total payment, clients need to note that number of this snacks are as expensive as main course is. 2. economical travelers need to pay attention to restaurants which carry out dishes. They can offer the different variants of dishes, the most widespread dishes of “take away” format are seafood and carbonado. 3. Ambassadors of the fair sex need to refuse the high heels. It … Read more
Vilamoura
1. The most advantageous way to exchange currency is to use the services of offices located near the airport. Travellers, who expect to use the services of banks, should pay attention not only to the exchange rate, but also to the size of commission charged. In different banks, the sum of commission can vary significantly. 2. Large supermarkets and department stores accept payments by credit cards. Some shops even accept US dollars in addition to the national currency. The best way to … Read more
Braga
1. The local residents are not distinguished by punctuality. When going to a business meeting, you should be prepared to the fact that your partner may be late. However, local people are very responsive and binding. They will surely fulfill requests, but it may take a little more time than expected. 2. Dinners in Braga are quite early, so many restaurants and cafes close at 22:00. There are only a few eating places that accept visitors until late in the evening. 3. Despite the fact that … Read more

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