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Useful Information for your Stay in Lisbon

WHEN BEST TO GO

Belem Jeronimos Monastery

Lisbon enjoys a mild climate with a mean annual temperature of 17C, making the city an ideal destination throughout the year.

Summer days can get hot in the city center, but the evenings are surprisingly cool. Winter often brings rain, making Spring the optimum time to visit.

LOCAL CUSTOMS

The Portuguese are relaxed about social etiquette and Lisbon residents are not easily offended. However it is considered impolite to stretch in public, eat with or lick your fingers.

ATTIRE

Lisbon’s laid back residents are used to seeing visitors in shorts and t-shirts. However, shorts are not acceptable in religious buildings and smarter attire is expected for dining.

LANGUAGE

Portuguese, although English is widely spoken

CURRENCY

Euro

EXCHANGE RATE

$1 = € 1.13

£1 = € 0.69

COUNTRY DIALLING CODE

+351

24 HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT

Ambulance: 112
Fire: 112
Police: 112
MaritimePolice: 210 911 100
Sea Rescue: 214 401 919

EMBASSY CONTACTS

US:

+351 217 273 300

Avenida das Forças Armadas 1600-081

UK:

+351 808 203 537

Rua de São Bernardo 33 1249-082

TIME ZONE

GMT

POPULATION

545,000

RELIGIOUS DEMOGRAPHIC

Portugal is a secular state, although 84.5% of the Portuguese population are Roman Catholic.

BUSINESS HOURS

Shops open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, with a lunch break from 1pm to 3pm. On Saturdays shops are only open in the mornings between 9am and 1pm.