Travel guide

The colors of the Mediterranean.

Set course for Portugal, one of Europe’s favorite destinations! A rich and diverse country, it is a real magnet for thousands of travellers every year. Despite its small size, Portugal abounds in cultural riches both inland and on the coast. It blends Spanish and Mediterranean traditions with its own culture. A diverse country that appeals to all kinds of travelers, whatever their experience. Its authentic architecture adds to its charm and radiance. Porto, Lisbon, Evora, Coimbra: wander through the heart of these jovial cities.

This lively country will not leave your taste buds indifferent, with its sweet and traditional flavors: pasteis de nata (the best are in Belem), bacalau, creamy cheeses from Sesimbra, and more. And its regular festivities will warm your heart in a warm atmosphere!

Time difference





Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning / Good evening = Bom dia / Boa noite
  • How are you? = Como voce está/vai?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Muito bem, obrigado, e você?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Você fala francês/inglês?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Eu compreendo / Eu não compreendo
  • Sorry = Com licença
  • Au revoir = Tchau / Até logo 
  • Welcome = Bem-vindo
  • Please = Com licença / por favor
  • I am French = Eu sou francês(a)
  • My name is… = Meu nome é… / Eu me chamo…
  • No thanks = Não obrigado
  • Yes/No = Sim / Não
  • You’re welcome = De nada / E um prazer
  • How much is it? = Quanto custa?
  • I would like to go… = Eu quero ir…/Eu gostaria de ir…

Key figures

Continental Portugal and Madeira are at GMT -1, i.e. there is a one-hour time difference with France: when it’s 12:00 in Paris, it’s 11:00 in Lisbon or Funchal.

The Azores are 2 hours behind France: when it’s 12:00 in Paris, it’s 10:00 in Ponta Delgada.

Good to know

European plugs – Type C or Type F

To call Portugal from France, dial + 351 and the number of your correspondent.

To call France from Portugal, dial 00 + 33 + your correspondent’s 9-digit number (without the initial 0).


Vaccines recommended:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Whooping cough
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Measles, Mumps
  • Rubella

For short-term stays, don’t forget to get your European Health Insurance Card!


If you wish to stay in Italy for less than 90 days, you may be exempt from visa requirements. Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa: Citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland.

For stays of up to three months, French nationals must be in possession of a valid identity document (national identity card or passport, excluding any other document).

Valid national identity card or passport for French, Belgian and Swiss nationals. For other nationalities, we’ll be happy to help you with all the formalities.