Useful information about Porto
The city of Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is a busy industrial and commercial centre. The city itself has a population of 237 591 inhabitants (2011), but the Porto metropolitan area has approx. 1.3 million inhabitants.
Summer Time (UTC+1h) starts and ends on the last Sundays of March and October.
Portuguese is the official language spoken in Porto.
English is, however, spoken by most of the population and service providers, not to mention the fact people who work in tourism speak English fluently.
Spanish can be understood and spoken.
There are lots of people who are able to communicate in French as well.
The currency of Portugal is the Euro (€).
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport arrivals hall (open 5am to 1am), banks (Monday to Friday, from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ), exchange offices and machines.
Credit cards: American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, even outside cities, while petrol stations usually take credit cards and cash.
There is a national network of cash machines (ATMs) identified by the symbol MB (Multibanco), from which you can withdraw cash 24 hours a day, with instructions available in English if required. You can only take out a maximum of €200 (two times per day).
Banks: Monday to Friday – 08h30/15h00
Street commerce: : Monday to Friday – 09:00 or 10:00/19:00.Some shops open on Saturday all day
Shopping Centres: Daily – 10:00/24:00
Restaurants: Lunch – 12:00/15:00, Dinner 19:00/22:00
Pharmacies: Monday to Friday – 09:00/19:00> 09:00/13:00 Saturday. Rotas for 24 hour pharmacy service displayed at all pharmacies.
Market Values as of 08th December 2014 (prices may vary in function of the type of establishment, so the prices presented are purely indicative).
McDonald’s Big Mac: € 3.00
20 Marlboros: € 4.50
Local transport ticket (1 journey): € 1.20
1L petrol: € 1.35
Parking is paid in the city centre.
Not included in final price. Tips are optional. If you’re satisfied with the service, tip 5% to 10%. After a snack at a bar or café, some shrapnel is enough.
You may tip hotel staff members (1-2 euro), restaurants (10%), taxi drivers (round up the bill or tip 10% as well).
Porto is supplied with tap water perfectly safe to drink.
Electricity in Portugal is 230V, 50 Hz AC. Plug sockets comply with European standards (two round-pin sockets).
Plug converters can be easily purchased from any specialized shop.
The EU is the only area in the world where citizens are protected by a full set of Passenger Rights – whether they travel by air or rail, and now also by ship, bus and coach.
APP: Keep Your passenger rights at hand, everywhere.
Porto has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters.
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 6°C to 24°C and is rarely below 2°C or above 30°C.
The season remains warm as it gets lots of sunshine. The temperatures usually fluctuate between 15° to 25 °C. Nevertheless, it can rise much higher on the hottest of days, reaching more than 35°C / 95°F at times.
Despite this warm summer weather, the climate rarely feels uncomfortable and oppressive, due in no small part to the relatively low levels of humidity. The summer months in Porto are also extremely dry and rain is most unlikely during this high season. Occasional summer rainy periods may last a few days and are characterized by showers and cool temperatures of around 20 °C in the afternoon, although prolonged sunny periods do take place.
During July and August the regular maximums may stand at mid twenties. Though the Atlantic Ocean provides cool swimming waters, summertime in Porto is really stunning. The beaches are often breezy and typically cooler than the urban areas.
Autumn brings mild yet wet weather in Oporto. The season experiences more comfortable temperature; staying at low 20s for a few days in October it falls dramatically in November. On the other hand, nighttime temperature remains chillier. Moreover, the city receives heavy showers during this season.
During winter, Oporto receives less than five hours of sunshine. With plenty of rainfalls and cold temperature the city becomes calm and cool. The average high temperature falls to 14°C for the whole season while the average low falls to its lowest of 5°C in beginning month of the year. However, the temperature hardly gets down to freezing level.
The rainy season begings in November and usually lasts through January. The wettest month is December with an average of 180mm of rain.
Although the weather in Oporto becomes unpredictable during the spring months it is warm and comfortable. During the season the average high increases gradually; 16°C in March, 18°C in April and 20°C in the last month of the season. The city receives more hours of sunshine as the season progresses.
New Year’s Day – 1 January
Good Friday – March/April
Freedom Day – 25 April
Labour Day – 1 May
Portugal Day – 10 June
Feast of the Assumption – 15 August
Immaculate Conception – 8 December
Christmas Day – 25 December
Local holiday in Porto:
São João – 24 June
Telecommunications: telephone connections are accessible from public telephone boxes, to be paid with coins or phone card on sale at the Portugal Telecom shops, post offices, stationaries and other locations duly identified. To call abroad from Portugal, dial 00, followed by the country code, city code and number you want.
Telephone access code: Portugal + 351
Essential telephone contacts:
Emergency (Police, Ambulance, Fire Service): 112
Tourism Police: +351 222 081 833
Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport: +351 229 432 400
Tourism Office: +351 223 393 472
Directory Inquiries: 118
International Directory Inquiries: 177
Lost Credit Cards (VISA/MaterCard):800 811 272
International Operator: 179
Operator Assisted International Calls: 171
Tourism Office - Centre
Address: Rua Clube dos Fenianos, 25 - 4000-172 Porto
GPS: Lat 41.150175 Log -8.611200
Tel. +351 223393472
Opening hours: Nov-AprDaily 09:00-24:00 (19:00-24:00 - public attendance at Porto’s Tourism Police Station- next door)
May-Oct Daily 09:00-24:00 (20:00-24:00 - public attendance at Porto’s Tourism Police Station-next door)
Aug Daily 09:00-24:00 (21:00-24:00 - public attendance at Porto’s Tourism Police Station-next door)
Tourism Office - Sé (former City Hall)
Address: Terreiro da Sé - 4050-573 Porto
GPS: Lat 41.143047 Log -8.611185
Tel. +351 223393472
Opening hours: Nov-AprDaily 09:00-19:00
May-Oct Daily 09:00-20:00
Aug Daily 09:00-21:00