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  • Banks
    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.
  • Post Offices
    In general, post offices are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Central and airport offices have extended opening hours and may be open on Saturdays and in some cases also on Sundays.
    Stamps are sold in post offices and vending-machines in the streets.
    Many post offices have the Netpost service that on payment allows access to personal e-mail and the Internet.
    More detailed information about opening hours and services available at each office can be found on
  • Pharmacies
    In general, pharmacies are open on weekdays between 9am and 7pm (some close for lunch from 1 to 3 p.m.) and on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm.
    They display an illuminated green cross outside when open at night.
    All of them have information posted on the door indicating the nearest pharmacies that are open at night.
  • Shops
    Traditionally, shops are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 or 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some close for lunch from 1 to 3 p.m. On Saturdays from January to November, shops generally close at 1 p.m. though in city centres some are open in the afternoon.
    Shops tend to stay open on Saturday afternoons and sometimes even on Sundays in December for Christmas shopping.
    There are plenty of shopping centres inside and outside the cities that are usually open from 10 a.m. to midnight every day of the week. They generally have stores with the main international brands.
    However, traditional shops with Portuguese products can be found particularly in the streets of the older neighbourhoods of towns and cities.


  • Communications:
    In public telephone booths, coins and special cards can be used. They are sold in Portugal Telecom shops, post offices and some kiosks and news-stands (with a sign indicating this).
    All telephone numbers in Portugal are composed of nine digits. To call from abroad to Portugal, it is necessary to dial the international access code 00 and the country code 351.
    To call abroad from Portugal, dial 00, the country code, the area code and then the number wanted. The dialling codes of the various countries are affixed in public telephone booths.
    Mobile phones
    Portugal is one of the countries with the highest number of mobile phone users.
    There are three network service providers - TMN, Vodafone and Optimus – that have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies and provide users with a good coverage nationwide.
    The Portuguese Highway Code forbids the use of mobile phones while driving, unless you’re using hands-free equipment or an earphone, and there are established penalties that can be applied in the event of any infringement.
    Internet access is available on payment in some cafés and in numerous post offices that have the Netpost service.
    In various hotels and public facilities, like Airports, Conference centres, Restaurants, Service Areas in motor-ways and shopping centres, there are duly marked "wi-fi" areas where it is possible to access wireless Internet.


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