Opening hours are from 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm. Shops in Commercial Centres/Shopping Centres are open from 10am to 11pm. The main shopping areas in Cascais are at Rua Frederico Arouca/Av. Valbom, Cascaisvila and Cascaishopping. In Oeiras the Centro Comercial Palmeiras and Oeiras Park. In Lisboa they are the Amoreiras Shopping Centre, Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre, Centro Colombo and shops in the Chiado and Baixa/Rua Augusta area. If you would like to buy souverniers try the Vista Alegre shops for fine porcelain. Other items to look for are cork, Atlantis crystal, wines and port being a Port producing country, and local ceramics.
- BANKS & CURRENCY:
Portugal is part of the European Union and since January 2002 the currency used is the Euro. Banks are open 8.30am to 3pm. To change currencies use ‘Cambios’.
- POST OFFICE:
Cascais – Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm. Estoril – Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm. Lisboa (Restauradores) – Open: Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm.
Scotturb buses run from Cascaisvilla (Interface). 403 or 417 to Sintra 405 or 415 to Guincho 418 Estoril to Sintra 406, 407, 411, 412, 416 Cascais to Estoril. 462 Cascais to Carcavelos train station To go to Cabo da Roca take the bus from Cascais and Sintra 403 to Azenhas do Mar. Buses go from Sintra 440, 441.The Pena Sightseeing Tour bus takes you through Sintra’s important monuments. For information and timetables please ask at the booth in Cascais, Estoril or Sintra or visit www.scotturb.comTel: +351-21-4699100.Lisboa bus company is Carris. Tel: +351-21-3613000.
Open weekdays: 9am to 1pm and 3 to 7pm. Saturday: 9am to 1pm. One is open 24 hours – a notice of the nearest one is indicated on the door of each chemist.
Voltage used in Portugal is 220v (the 2 pin socket).
There are taxi ranks near all train stations. To call for a taxi in the Cascais/Estoril area dial: +351-21-4659500 or +351-21-4660101. In Lisboa call +351-21-8119000. In Sintra call +351-21-9138018. All fares are metered.
- TRAINS / METRO:
Trains (CP) are from Cascais to Lisboa’s Cais do Sodré and Lisboa to Sintra. Main terminals to other towns are the Santa Apolonia, Rossio, Oriente. The Metro (open from 6.30am to 1am) runs in central Lisboa. Main station is Rossio. For Metro Information: +351-21-7980600/3558457. For details and timetables of trains from CP Tel: 808208208 or www.cp.pt
- CAR HIRE:
Most international car hire companies have offices here. Shop around as prices vary. Driving is on the right side.
- TOURIST OFFICES:
Estoril and Cascais offices are open Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Portugal has four seasons. The Estoril coast has pleasant hot summers of temperatures between 19ºC and 28ºC – 30ºC generally, with 35ºC on a really hot day. There is almost always a wind blowing, The winters are cool with temperatures dropping down to between 4ºC – 10ºC. However it never goes below 0ºC. In the Summer the temperatures in the evenings and nights can drop so when going out at night do wrap up well as you will feel the cold at those outdoor events.The Spring can be really warm and we have had in the past few years very hot periods in February and March. It tends to rain in April (hence the April showers in Portugal!) and the Autumn can be wet from November and December.
- FORMS OF DRESS:
Portugal is a modern European country with no particular strict dress code. Both men and women wear up-to-date fashion including from the top world designers and like to dress up for work and when attending social events. For all other times dress is casual.
English Language Library: Free Lending Library. Open Wednesdays 11am to 1pm. Vila Olivia, Rua da Areia, 154, Birre, Cascais. Lots of fiction and non-fiction books available.
- CASCAIS MARKET (Mercado da Vila):
The vegetable market in on Wednesday and Saturday morning to 1pm. Clothes, shoes, etc are sold on Wednesday only. Located behind the bus station in Cascais.
- BOCA DE INFERNO:
Fixed stalls at the Boca de Inferno, Cascais. Open daily.
Every Thursday. Just beyond the train station.
- ANTIQUE FAIR:
1st Sunday of month, Garden of Stº Amaro de Oeiras, below Oeiras station.
- FEIRA DA LADRA:
Tuesdays and Saturdays. Campo de Santa Clara, Lisboa. Mostly antiques and bric-a-brac.
- MERCADO DA RIBEIRA TIME OUT:
Part of this market has been re-done to hold stalls selling wines, cheese, and a food court including by celebraty chefs such as Henrique Sá Pessoa. Next door is the traditional vegetable market.
- MERCADO DO CAMPO OURIQUE:
This market was founded in 1934 but re-opened last year after undergoing renovations. It has food stalls, wine shop. You can try hamburguers, champagne and oysters, shellfish. From Joe’s Shack to the pie stall Empadaria do Chef, Mercado do Marisco and sushi and ice-cream from Italy. Rua Coelho da Rocha. Open daily from 7am to 11pm Sunday to Wednesday and Thursday to Saturday 7am to 1am. Tram: 25E and 28E.
For lovers of sun, sand and sea the Estoril Coast has some beaches but not as large as those in the Algarve. Carcavelos, with its large stretch of sand, and Parede are known for their therapeutic properties. São Pedro, São João, Estoril Tamariz and Monte Estoril are smaller beaches on the line. The largest beach in Cascais is Guincho with vast stretches of sand but very strong currents. This is the venue for surfing competitions. In the Oeiras Borough there is the Torre beach, the Santo Amaro beach and one at Paço de Arcos.