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Consulate Electricity Holidays Markets
Post Offices Telephone Trains Traffic
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Pharmacies Back to Top
Opening hours 09:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 19:00.
One pharmacy is open 24 hours for emergencies, the address is given on the frontdoors of the other pharmacies.

Car Rental Back to Top
Cars are for rent on many places, It's worth comparing the prices.
Drivers must be at least 21 years old and must be in the possession of a drivers licence for at least one year.
A passenger insurance has to be included, it is possible to take out supplementary insurances.

Banks Back to Top
Open mondays to fridays 08:30 - 15:00;
 
When you use Travellers or other cheques you have to show your passport.
Exchange Offices ("câmbios") always charge commission, although they always say that they don't!

Buses Back to Top
Local services are not very punctual, the regional services however are reasonably reliable, comfortable and inexpensive ( Albufeira-Lissabon € 22).
Don't forget that Portugal is a long country and the time you have to spend in the bus could easily be a few hours. Albufeira-Lissabon, for example, takes about 4 hours and Albufeira-Évora 3,5 uur.
English on-line information for the region Algarve/Alentejo and line services to Lisbon en Spain: EVA-transport

Consulate Back to Top
British Consulate Portimão:
Largo Francisco A Maurício 7-1,
8500 Portimão
Tel. 282-490750  From the UK: ++351 282-490750

British Embassy Lisbon:
Rua de São Bernardo, 33,
1249-082 Lisboa
Tel. ++351 21-3924000
Fax: ++351 21-3924183
E-mail: ppa@lisbon.mail.fco.gov.uk
http://www.uk-embassy.pt

Electricity Back to Top
230 volt

Holidays Back to Top
1 January - New Years Day - (Ano Novo)
25 april - Day of the Revolution - (Dia da Liberdade)
1 may - Labour Day - (Dia do Trabalho)
10 june - Day of Portugal - (Dia de Portugal)
13 june - Day of Saint António - (Dia de Santo António)
15 august - Assumption of Mary - (Assunção de Nossa Senhora)
5 october - Day of the Republic - (Implantação da República)
1 november - All Saint's Day - (Todos-os-Santos)
1 december - Independence Day - (Restauração da Independência)
8 december - Immaculate Conception�s Day - (Imaculada Conceição)
25 december - Christmas (Natal)

Other Holidays:
28 february 2017 - Carnival/Shrove Tuesday - (Feira da Carnaval/Entrudo)
14 april 2017 - Good Friday - (Sexta-Feira Santa)
16 april 2017 - Eastern - (Páscoa)
15 june 2017 - Corpus Christi - (Corpo de Deus)

Portuguese National Holidays:
25 april - Liberty Day - Dia da Liberdade
10 juni - Portugal Day - Dia de Camões
5 oktober - Republic Implantation - Dia de República

Markets Back to Top
from 08:00 to 13:00 h.

Every monday in Tavira and the 1st monday of the month in Portimão,
3rd monday of the month in Silves
Every wednesday in Quarteira
most thursdays in Boliqueme
saturdays in Loulé en Lagos
2nd sunday of the month in Lagoa
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in Albufeira
3rd Saturday of the month in Albufeira - Flea market

Post Offices Back to Top
Open monday to friday 08:30 - 18:00, some are closed between 12:30 en 15:00.
Rates Normal Mail
(estimation 2017):


< 20 gram:
Europe: 0.72 €
World: 0.80 €

> 20 — 50 < gram:
Europe: 1.20 €
World: 1.80 €

> 50 — 100 < gram:
Europe: 1.40 €
World: 2.00 €

More rates: Official Pricelist from the Portuguese Mail

Rates Priority mail (Correio Azul)
(estimation 2016):

< 20 gram:
Europe: 2.20 €
World: 2.20 €

> 20 — 50 < gram:
Europe: 2.90 €
World: 2.90 €

> 50 — 100 < gram:
Europe: 3.40 €
World: 3.40 €

Telephone Back to Top
Telephone cards ("Crédifones") can be bought at many places.
It is also possible to call from the Post Offices, try to avoid the use of the telephone in your hotelroom or apartment, it is very expensive!

Trains Back to Top
Reliable and cheap (Albufeira - Lisbon 2nd klas about € 17)
The more luxury Intercity express is about 15% more expensive.
A first class ticket is not much more expensive (about 20%) advisable on longer distances.
on-line information in english: Caminhos de Ferros Portugueses.

Traffic Back to Top
Portugal has the highest accident rate in Europe, so, be careful in traffic.
They hardly keep the speed limits and they overtake at the most impossible places.

Portugal doesn't have many motorways, there is one from Lisbon to the north and from Lisbon via Setúbal to Évora.
The motorway to the Algarve is ready.
For all motorways as well as the bridges near Lisbon you have to pay toll.

The Algarve has a motorway from Lagos to Faro and further to Spain.
Unfortunately this motorway is since the 8th of december 2011 not anymore tollfree!!

Some traffic rules:

  • Within the built-up area: 60km
  • Outside the built-up area: 90km
  • Main roads: 100km
  • Motorways: 120km
  • The wearing of seatbells is compulsory.
  • Alcohol 50mg per 100ml.
  • Insurance and a valid british drivers license is compulsory.

Airport Back to Top
Faro Airport - General Airport Information:
Tel. ++351 289-800800
Fax. ++351 289-818802
Until midnight - Tel. ++351 289-800801
After midnight - Tel. ++351 289-800617
Public Relations - Fax. ++351 289-818433

Weather Back to Top
Forecast and statistics

Shops Back to Top
Open 09:00-13:00 / 15:00-18:00
During the high season and in busy places the hours may differ, almost all shops and especially supermarkets open at 09:00 and close at 21:00 (or even later), also open on sundays.

Healthcare/Emergency Back to Top
Emergency number: 112
Hospital Faro:  tel. 289- 803411
Hospital Portimão: tel. 282-450300
Hospital Lagos: tel. 282-763034
Private clinic: Hospital Particular do Algarve (Alvor/Portimão): tel 282-420400
Smaller places often have a Centro de Saude (Healthcentre)

Albufeira and Lagos have an International Health Centre:

ALBUFEIRA:
International Health Centres
Medical and Dental Clinic
24 Hrs. Emergency Service
Professional Medical and Dental Consultations
Home & Hotel visits
Oura Village, Av. Infante D. Henrique, Lt.2-r/c,
Areias S. João, 8200-261 Albufeira, Algarve
Tel: +351 289 588 923 (24hrs.)
Fax: +351 289 586 842
E-Mail: ihclda@mail.telepac.pt

Dentalcare Albufeira :

  • Dentalcare Albufeira
  • Avenida da Liberdade 133
  • 8200-033 Albufeira - Tel. 289 588 015

LAGOS:
Luzdoc
Tailor made health providers.
24 hour Service
Rua 25 de Abril, 12
8600-174 Luz - Lagos, Algarve
Tel: +351 919 869 700
Fax: +351 282 780709
E-Mail: info@luzdoc.com
Web: www.luzdoc.com

Important Telephone numbers:

Fire Brigade:

  • Albufeira - 289 513333
  • Alcoutim - 281 546269
  • Aljezur - 282 998258
  • Faro - 289 822122/823630
  • Lagoa - 282 352888
  • Lagos - 282 760115
  • Loulé - 289 416702
  • Monchique - 282 992115
  • Olhão - 289 701108
  • Portimão - 282 422122
  • Silves - 282 442411
  • Tavira - 281 322122
  • Vila do Bispo- 282 636628
  • Vila Real do Santo António- 281 543202

Police:

  • Albufeira - 289 587224
  • Alcoutim - 281 546208
  • Aljezur - 282 998130
  • Almancil - 289 393200
  • Carvoeiro - 282 356440
  • Faro - 289 801828
  • Lagoa - 282 352310
  • Lagos - 282 762809
  • Loulé - 289 462782
  • Monchique - 282 992628
  • Olhão - 289 703089
  • Portimão - 282 417217
  • Silves - 282 442414
  • Tavira - 281 325704
  • Vila do Bispo- 282 639112
  • Vilamoura - 289 313040
  • Vila Real do Santo António- 281 544355

Tourist Information Offices Back to Top
Open 7 days a week, 09.30 - 12.30 / 14.00 - 17.30
Posto de Turismo de Albufeira
Rua 5 de Outubro
8200-109 ALBUFEIRA
Tel. +351 289 585 279
 
Posto de Turismo de Monte Gordo
Avª Marginal
8900 MONTE GORDO
Tel. +351 281 544 495
 
Posto de Turismo de Alcoutim
Rua 1º de Maio
8970-056 ALCOUTIM
Tel. +351 281 546 176
 
Posto de Turismo da Ponte Internacional do Guadiana
Monte Francisco
8950 CASTRO MARIM
Tel. +351 281 531 800
 
Posto de Turismo de Aljezur
Largo de Mercado
8670-054 ALJEZUR
Tel. +351 282 998 229
 
Posto de Turismo de Olhão
Largo Sabastião Martins Mestre 8-A
8700-349 OLHãO
Tel. +351 289 713 936
 
Posto de Turismo de Alvor
Rua Dr. Afonso Costa nº 51
8500-016 ALVOR
Tel. +351 282 457 540
 
Portimão
Posto de Turismo de Cais de Portimão
Cais do Comércio
8500 PORTIMãO
Tel. +351 282 416 556
Commercial Harbour and across football stadium
Posto de Turismo de Armação de Pêra
Avª Marginal
8365 ARMAÇÃO DE PÊRA
Tel. +351 282 312 145
 
Posto de Turismo Praia da Rocha
Av� Tomás Cabreira
8500-802 PORTIMãO
Tel. +351 282 419 132
 
Posto de Turismo do Carvoeiro
Praia do Carvoeiro
8400-517 CARVOEIRO LGA
Tel. +351 282 357 728
 
Posto de Turismo de Quarteira
Praça do Mar
8125-156 QUARTEIRA
Tel. +351 289 389 209
 
Posto de Turismo de Castro Marim
R. José Afonso Moreira nº 2 - 4
8950-138 CASTRO MARIM
Tel. +351 281 531 232
 
Posto de Turismo de Sagres
Rua Comandante Matoso
8650-357 SAGRES
Tel. +351 282 624 873
 
Posto de Turismo de Faro (hoofdkantoor)
Rua da Misericórdia 8-12
8000-269 FARO
Tel. +351 289 803 604
 
Posto de Turismo de S. Brás Alportel
Largo S. Sebastião nº 23
8150-107 S. BRÁS DE ALPORTEL
Tel. +351 289 843 165
 
Posto de Turismo de Lagos
Rua Vasco da Gama (S. João)
8600-722 LAGOS
Tel. +351 282 763 031
 
Posto de Turismo de Silves
Rua 25 de Abril
8300-184 SILVES
Tel. +351 282 442 255
 
Posto de Turismo de Loulé
Av. 25 de Abril, nº 9
8100-506 LOULÉ
Tel. +351 289 463 900
 
Posto de Turismo de Tavira
Rua Galaria nº 9
8800-329 TAVIRA
Tel. +351 281 322 511
 
Posto de Turismo de Monchique
Largo S. Sebastião
8550 MONCHIQUE
Tel. +351 282 911 189
 
Posto de Turismo do Aeroporto de Faro
Aeroporto Internacional de Faro
8001-701 FARO
Tel. +351 289 818 582
 

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