Usefull Informations


During winter time, i.e. from 1 a.m. on the last Sunday in October to 1 a.m. on the last Sunday in March, the official time in mainland Portugal is the Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). The rest of the year (between 1 a.m. on the last Sunday in March and 1 a.m. on the last Sunday in October), summer time is in effect and the official time in mainland Portugal is Universal Time Coordinated plus one hour.


July is the hottest month in Porto with an average temperature of 20°C (67°F) and the coldest is January at 10°C (50°F). The wettest month is December with an average of 180mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in September when the average sea temperature is 18°C (65°F).


The Portuguese currency is Euro (€).


The international code for Portugal is 351; the area code for Porto is 22.


Voltage in Portugal is 230V/50Hz, and plugs are of the two-pin continental type (Europlug Type C, Type F).


If you require medical assistance contact the local Health Centre. Hospital emergency services should be used only in serious situations (serious injury, poisoning, burns, infarction, thromboses, breathing difficulties, etc.). In case of illness or accident while visiting Portugal, Nationals from the 27 European Union countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland are entitled to free or reduced-cost healthcare (the same benefits as Portuguese citizens). In order to have access to health services, citizens from the above-mentioned countries, who are not resident in Portugal, must produce their European Health Insurance Cards (issued by the origin country) together with passports or identity cards.

Health contacts:

Boavista Private Hospital: +351 22 206 25 00 |
São João Hospital : +351 22 551 21 00  |
Santo António Hospital: +351 22 207 75 00  |
Cuf Porto Hospital : +351 22 003 90 00
Arrábida Hospital : +351 22 377 68 00 |


Generally, banks are open from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. five working days a week. Portugal has a national network of cash machines (ATMs) identified by the symbol MB (Multibanco), from which you can withdraw cash 24 hours a day.


1 cm = 0.39 inches
1 metre = 3.28 feet / 1.09 yards
1 km = 0.62 miles
1 litre = 0.26 gallons (USA) / 0.22 gallons (UK)
1 inch = 2.54 cm
1 foot = 0.39 metres
1 yard = 0.91 metres
1 mile = 1.6 km
1 gallon (USA) = 3.78 litres
1 gallon (UK) = 4.54 litres