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The Portuguese are gracious and friendly, welcoming all visitors regardless of where they come from.
Portugal, in common with other Western European countries, began the development of state social
security measures in the late 1940s; although it was not till 1971 that the Government assumed
responsibility for providing healthcare services to the population. The NHS was established as a
universal, tax financed system in 1979.
Portugal is the 5th most peaceful country in the world out of a sample of 163 countries (Global Peace Index 2016).
Nevertheless, we advise you to exercise normal safety precautions. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviou's, as you would in your country.
A large part of population speaks foreign languages, specifically English.
Portugal is a multi-ethnic/religious country, and a harmonious relationship generally exists between all groups. Best advice is not to carry too much cash or too many valuables.
Portugal is rarely a dangerous place for women travellers our other genders, age or religion.
Portugal's top dishes have become known around the world as tasty yet distinctive cuisine.
Portugal is bounded on two sides by the sea, so it's no surprise that seafood tops the Portuguese menu. As you travel around Portugal you'll find there are regional versions of many popular Portuguese dishes but there are some regional specialities to seek out, too.Traditional Portuguese food is based on fish, seafood and meat (especially pork), which is grilled, fried or cooked up in stews and casseroles and served with potatoes, rice and simple salads. Portugal is also well-known for its rich and sweet desserts and pastries.
The largest market in Lisbon, the Mercado da Ribeira houses a large food pavilion where some of the city’s top chiefs are ready to satisfy the needs of hungry customers. Ribeira Market is the best place to look for all sorts of seafood, especially for cod, or bacalhau, an iconic ingredient in Portuguese cuisine. The food court offers a variety of snacks and full meals including traditional Portuguese sandwiches called prego or bifana, and an excellent selection of locally produced wines and cheeses
Shopping Freeport Outlet - a designer outlet just outside of the city of Lisbon. It has a variety of top brands, the prices are very good,the outlet itself is very nice built. Campera Outlet is a large open air outlet centre in the town of Carregado about an hour’s drive from the historic Portugese capital city of Lisbon; with its wonderful mix of fine architecture, art and culture mixed with beaches and relaxing bars and restaurants. Beautifully laid out with two storeys of shops and terraces set out around a large square and cooling fountain, the Campera outlet centre is home to a wide range of stores offering a great choice of nationally and internationally recognised brands with some special offers up to 90% off the recommended high street retail prices. The centre offers a great selection of men’s and women’s fashion, footwear, children’s wear, perfumes, accessories; plus special Portuguese porcelain and table ware from Vista Alegre.
The most foreigners consider the cost of living to be low. So imagine what you can shop!
Lisbon, Portugal's sunny capital city, has long turned out to be a shopping destination for those who visit it. There are several districts devoted to shopping where locals and tourists can buy clothing, jewellery, shoes, and much more for all tastes so besides sightseeing, visiting museums and tasting the best food and wines, shopping stands out as one of the top things to do in Lisbon. One of the most attractive places to shop is the Centro Vasco da Gama, located at Parque das Nações east of the city centre. The biggest shopping centre in Lisbon is Colombo Shopping over in Benfica. In fact, this is one of the largest malls in the Iberian Peninsula. More conveniently situated for shopping in Lisbon is the upmarket El Corte Inglés, positioned near Parque Eduardo VII. The eye-catching Campo Pequeno Food Hall and Shopping Mall is housed within the Portuguese capital’s historic bullring, which also doubles up as a concert venue. Another quirky mall destination is Embaixada, set in a former palace building in Principe Real. The postmodernist styled Amoreiras Shopping Centre is the grand dame of Lisbon shopping centres and has been catering for customers since the mid-‘80s. Probably the most conveniently placed shopping mall for visitors is the centrally located Armazens do Chiado, located in the heart of Lisbon’s elegant Chiado district.Likewise, if you’ve based yourself along the Lisbon coast at Cascais, you can stock up with all you need at the sprawling CascaiShopping, located inland from the resort. Weather
Even if you’re coming in winter, you should bring sunglasses and use sun cream if you have fair skin.
Recently we have seen hotter than normal temperatures approaching 40°C or more. Care has to be taken in such heat to avoid dehydration or even worse.
Flea Markets in Lisbon
Lisbon has a huge selection of excellent markets selling everything from fashion to fish. For anyone who wants to explore old and new districts of Lisbon, all whilst truly embracing the local culture, here’s our guide to some of Lisbon’s best markets.Lisbon's flea market is called locally the Feira da Ladra, often thought to mean "Thieve's Market" (in Portuguese "ladra" is a woman thief) but it actually derives from "ladro," a bug found in antiques. A market of this type is thought to have been in place in Lisbon since the 12th Century and the name Feira da Ladra was first mentioned in the 17th Century.
Mercado do Jardim, Crafts and Design Market is Located in a tiny magical park in the heart of Lisbon, this weekly crafts and design market allows local talents to showcase their handicraft. Musicians and street performers occupy free spaces under the overhanging trees in the park, and are responsible for creating an atmosphere of relaxation and dreaminess. This market is a great alternative to countless tourist souvenir shops. The market is open from Spring to Autumn.
LX Factory Sunday Market is a modern, hip art center that has become a home to various start-up businesses, ranging from funky restaurants to work spaces for designers and artists. LX Factory holds a Sunday flea market along the main street every week, where the vendors present quirky vintage and local designer clothes, handmade jewellery, vinyl and old-school CDs. The market is especially popular among the young population of Lisbon, and it is an amusing adventure to leisurely observe the people while having a cup of coffee at a nearby cafe.