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Essential Travel Guide to Portugal - Tips on Currency Exchange, Driving, Safety, Emergency Services and More

Essential Travel Guide to Portugal - Tips on Currency Exchange, Driving, Safety, Emergency Services and More

This passage provides practical information for travelers visiting Portugal.

Firstly, it notes the banking hours, which are Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 15.00. Banks will change traveler’s cheques and sterling, but require a passport for such transactions. Many hotels and self-catering complexes have exchange facilities at reception, and most banks will provide Euros on credit cards. Credit and charge cards are widely accepted but may not be accepted in smaller towns or at some petrol stations.

The passage also offers advice for beachgoers, reminding visitors not to swim when the red flag is flying, indicating that sea conditions are dangerous. Topless sunbathing is common practice, but nude sunbathing is not allowed.

For those flying on charter flights, it is recommended to confirm flights 24 hours before departure and to check that passports and flight tickets are on hand. If flights are later in the day, one may need to check out of accommodations by noon, but secure storage for luggage may be available.

Driving tips are also provided, including the need for seatbelts, substantial fines for speeding, and criminal offenses for driving under the influence of alcohol. Rental cars should carry documents and the driver’s passport and driving license.

Other practical information includes the need for adaptors to convert UK electrical equipment to 220 volts A.C, emergency services available through the ‘112’ number, the inclusion of I.V.A in restaurant, car hire, and hotel bills, and the availability of medical centers and post offices.

Security tips are also offered, including the rental of safes/safety deposit boxes and not leaving valuables in rental cars. If something is stolen, it should be reported immediately to the nearest police station.

Finally, shopping hours are provided as 09.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00, Monday to Friday, and 09.00-13.00 on Saturdays, with markets offering a large range of goods.

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