Portugal Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Roadquill
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Roadquill
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Roadquill

Portugal Warnings and Dangers

  • Street crime

    Lisbon Warnings and Dangers

    cassiodoro theres no "islands" across the ferry u typical ignorant ourist.. check a map to see if theres islands there.. on the other side of the river there is a city called Almada, is where u can see the "cristo rei" statue.. Almada is so much better than lisbon yet we dont want no tourists around here check out costa de caparica its a beach area...

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  • Danger places

    Porto Warnings and Dangers

    Porto is a lovely place and I had no problems in any areas. An amazing place where I felt safe and could explore all day. lovely people, infrastructure, food, all of it. My only word of caution is the poverty area near the cathedral. I wondered into this area by mistake (on my own) and ignored the graffiti above the arch that said "welcome to...

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  • Hassles from people on the street

    Lisbon Warnings and Dangers

    When walking through Lisbon, even in the most touristic area's, you get harrassed repeatedly by guys offering marihuana and coke. This happens already in the afternoon and is not limited to late evenings or special area's. When walking through the main street Rua Augusta we got harrassed more then 15 times in about one hour time (it was only 9pm!)....

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  • Metro

    Porto Warnings and Dangers

    I'd pay for each journey in cash if possible. But that's difficult on the Metro as many stations only have ticket MACHINES which are often all totally buggered. Andante card is confusing to buy and use. It never swipes first time. English translation on machine is goofy. You have to swipe it every time you CHANGE trains which is obviously dumb. I...

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  • Taxi rip-offs

    Lisbon Warnings and Dangers

    I would like to inform all of you that came to Lisbon. Lisbon Airport has to main taxi points. One is the down point and the other is the upper point. The better, is to pick up a taxi is from the upper point. On the down point 99,9% of the times you'll be cheated. They use a wide range of tricks. Why? Because usually if the taxi driver's aren't...

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  • By night

    Porto Warnings and Dangers

    Had a fine weekend in Porto. We were squeezing so much into the couple of days we were there, we never really visited the cathedral. So, walking back from Ribeira (riverside) late one evening, I thought we should have a look around the 'old town' and walk up to the Se. The main streets were all very quiet as we followed the signs up into a...

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  • Annoyances for tourists

    Lisbon Warnings and Dangers

    Unless you are studying Portuguese tiles, or visiting Madre de Deus church, or having plenty of time, I think you could skip this museum. It's interesting and well organized, but Lisbon is, for itself, a large tile museum, and standing so apart from everything... However, don't misunderstand me: its a serious institution, and if you're a tile...

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  • Drinks

    Porto Warnings and Dangers

    The wine of Porto is famous, it gives away a sweet taste at the lips and there is the danger not to stop drinking... So (even sometimes!) watch these nice boats where it is carried and have a break from getting drunk...

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  • Dangers to your health

    Lisbon Warnings and Dangers

    The area between Praca de Figueria and Martim Moniz is only 5 mins from the main square (Rossio) and is teeming with prostitutes standing at doorways and corners. It is done very openly, I was very surprised at that. As I was just wandering around Rossio and my pension was nearby, I kinda stumbled into this area by chance. Unfortunately I got some...

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  • Parking

    Porto Warnings and Dangers

    Traffic in Porto can be chaotic. Rush hours often prove to be stressful and moving around by car can take a lot of time. So if you are driving in Porto be careful with rush hours and take that into account when "measuring" time. Parking might also be difficult, depending on which city neighbourhood you are visiting.

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  • Don't go to jail!

    Lisbon Warnings and Dangers

    Look at the pictures: It's centrally located. It's an outstanding building. It's not cheap... it's free. Guests use to stay for long periods. But... that's the last "hotel" I would recommend in Lisbon. Why? - Because it is local jail

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  • Travelling by bus in the Algarve.

    Unfortunately there are no direct buses to some places in the Algarve. For instance, I asked at the bus station in Faro how to go to Monchique. They told me I had to take a bus to a town (Portimao if I remember correctly) and then take another one. It would took me at least three hours to go to Monchique from Faro.I usually never rent a car when I...

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  • Driving in Portugal

    If you decide to drive in Portugal (and it uses to be a good idea, since everything is near and public transport is here and there inefficient), give a special attention to some details:1 - The roads are usually very good and often jammed or very bad. 2 - Most of the roads have no shoulders, so you may encounter a pedestrian, a cyclist or an animal...

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  • Taxis at Lisbon Airport

    Be weary of the taxi drivers at Lisbon Airport. Two years ago a taxi driver charged me 25 euros to get from the airport to the train station ( a 10 minute drive). Fares for this route should not cost more than 10 euros. Some taxi drivers that do not have the counting meters in their cars might overcharge tourists, thinking they can earn a quick...

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  • Taxis stories

    Maybe you are alerted to the risks of dishonest taxi drivers (If you weren't, you are now!), charging in excess. They exist, and specially when exiting from the airports you must be careful. However, if you set the fare before leaving, you will discover that the taxi driver is a nice and friendly guy, that, in the expectation of a small tip, will...

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  • tap water and mosquitos

    tap water in the south of Portugal, especially in the villages, is not suited for drinking, got really sick after teeth brush with it. smells like pure chlor and tastes strange. be also aware buying of the known marks of the water in the bottles and take some antihistamines with you! got an intensively blue hematoma on my hip as an allergic...

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  • Worst nightmare!

    Fires are the worst nightmare of any Portuguese citizen living in the country. On summer, there are many fires all over the country. So, never make fire on a forest not even drop a cigarrete out. Altought it's danger is also a crime punished by the Portuguese law.Any information about a fire should be give to national fire number: 117.To know what...

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  • THIS THIEF ROBBED ME.

    I managed to get robbed 15 minutes after leaving the Airport in Lisbon on the public bus. His name is SANDOKAN* Some may say he is a magician. He has been making tourists money and wallets disappear for 20 years. I have seen the photos going back to his youth in police files. I even knew he was a pickpocket, that’s why I have 10 photos of him. He...

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  • TAP Portugal stands for Take Another...

    TAP tops lost baggage tablesTAP Air Portugal is the worst performing airline in Europe when it comes to baggage delays, with British Airways in second place, according to data from European airlines for 2007.Figures published by the Air Transport Users Council (AUC) revealed that the Portuguese airline had a delayed bags ratio of 27.8 for every...

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  • Lagos in the summer has can be a downer!

    Lagos is glutted with tourists in the summer, and the town becomes unbearably crowded in August. The street 'entertainment' has improved over the past four years: In addition to English dressed up in cowboy gear and affecting nasal American accents as they whine out U.S. pop folk ballads and dated protest music, there is now a variety of...

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  • Pickpockets on Lisbon transit

    Footstool, my wallet was in my front left pocket. My GPS was in the front right pocket. I also carry a "man bag" when I travel. Usually, I don't use my GPS when I am on foot but we were lost so I pulled it out to get a fix of my position. I then slipped it into my front right pocket. I think the thief saw me put it in my pocket.When I entered the...

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  • Portugal Travel: Regarding the question...

    Portugal is quite a safe country to visit. I was fine during my visit there in 2003 as a solo female, traveling from the northern part of Porto all the way to Lisboa. I felt safe the whole time. As to "safety" and "danger," well, both are relative concepts after all. It depends on circumstances, who's telling the story, and who's depicting the...

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  • Public Transportation - Pickpockets

    Pickpockets are at work all over the world on crowded vehicles and this is something every traveler should be aware of. Some people candidly sport wallets, money or valuable objects in a very inviting manner. Never do this! At least, if you really don't care for your valuables, keep your documents properly tucked away.What surprised me are warning...

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  • Pick pockets

    Lisbon,Beautiful city and Beautiful people.dont allow looks to disaappoint you dangerous well dressed males ah-ah sorry to say that but you never going to suspect any mugger till you have been robbed in day light,becareful while taken the public transport cause they are everywhere,looking at every move you take...

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  • Cascais - Swimming

    Downtown Cascais beach is declared unsuitable for swimming. Despite this, plenty of people were seen in the water. I assume this area is forbidden because it's a fishing beach and waters may be polluted other than dangerous for sharp propellers.Needless to say, nearby beaches should be preferred.

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  • Prices

    A few occasions gave us the impression that prices might be different for locals and for tourists when the price list is not presented before ordering. We finally had it confirmed when I paid 2.4 Euro for a beer and, two minutes later, a local guy sitting at the next table paid 1.70 Euro for exactly the same size of beer glass.Not much of a rip off...

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  • Asking directions? ...

    Asking directions? Directions are usually given by description rather than by addresses and street names. The green building below on the west side of the Praça Luis de Camões is one of the landmarks frequently used as a reference point.Neverthless, buy a map. If the directions sound hopelessy tortured to you, then to get your informant to point...

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  • Driving

    Though I highly recommend renting a car as the most efficient and fun way to travel through the country it is only with the condtion that the driver ireally knows what he's doing. It's also preferable to know how to drive a stick (for the steep narrow and winding roads of Douro region). The biggest highways (like A1, A2) are pretty decent. Anything...

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  • Pickpockets in Lisbon trams.

    Watch out for pick pocketing in the trams in Lisbon. We didn’t get anything stolen, but friendly locals pointed out to us that some of the pocket in our backpacks had been opened. Fortunately we didn’t have anything in the outside pockets, except paper handkerchiefs, which they apparently didn’t want to steal.

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  • Monsanto Rocks

    On our drive from Castelo Branco to Covilha, we took the scenic route near the Spanish border so we could take in one of the most interesting places that we visited on the entire trip.The mountaintop village of Monsanto was once voted the 'most Portugese village in Portugal', and it really was something else!!As we passed through the tiny hamlet of...

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  • Castle walls in Obidos!

    This is coming from a girl who is not afraid of heights! The walls that surround the town of Obidos are well worth a jaunt, however be REALLY careful. The walls in some sections are very high...I'd approximate 20-30 ft up, and there is no sort of railing to keep you from tripping off. The cobblestones on the wall tend to be very uneven, so take it...

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  • Porto Wine

    MMMMMMMMM Porto, the best wine and my favorite one!OK it is not a standard wine, even the taste is different, Porto is calssificated as a strong alcohol drink, and as a backed wine, it has some sort of mixed taste with a good wine and something *I don't know how to say really* like whisky!it is very easy to fall in love with this great alcoholic...

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  • Minho Guardrails

    After finishing our most northerly Portugal drive in the 'Geraz do Minho' region, we decided to take a mountainous shortcut back toward Lamego. As we wound our way up and down the switchback roads to make our way through the Parque Natural do Alvao, just north and west of Vila Real, we could not help but notice how far down it was if you happened...

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  • Bells of Lamego

    When we first checked into our northern Portugal hotel in Lamego, located on the opposite side of the square from the city's famous Shrine and at the top of its twin 686-step staircase, we were amazed at our good luck! It was only later that afternoon, after we had climbed back to our accommodations and were resting in our room, that we noticed a...

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  • Mountain Peaks

    If you venture into the Serra da Estrela, Portugal's highest mountain range, near Covilha, you had better be prepared for changeable weather! The highest peak in this range is 1993 m (6539 ft) but, by Royal decree, a small tower was built in this area (at Torre) to raise the peak's height to 2000-m so Portugal could claim at least one mountain top...

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  • Stone Sidewalks

    As soon as we arrived in Lisbon, the very first thing that impressed me about Portugal were the sidewalks. Not only here, but everywhere in the country, the custom is to use millions of hand-cut stone blocks to lay 'cobblestone' sidewalks. I found that this practise really provided a nice complement to the old buildings lining the streets.However,...

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  • Take note

    Well I shall admit the only possible way to visit Belem is either by bus, *which is the easiest and cheapest*, or by Taxi, there are trains also that passes, but I guess the best thing to do is taking the Bus, it is fast and you will get out just in front of Monastery of Jeronimos, to start you visit!

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  • Traffic in rural areas

    Be careful when driving in the hills and beautiful agricultural areas for herds of sheep or goats. The picture shows our friend Giles playing traffic cop near the Algarve area of Portugal.

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  • Porto positive warning!

    MMMMMMMMM Porto, the best wine and my favorite one!OK it is not a standard wine, even the taste is different, Porto is calssificated as a strong alcohol drink, and as a backed wine, it has some sort of mixed taste with a good wine and something *I don't know how to say really* like whisky!it is very easy to fall in love with this great alcoholic...

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  • take care when drinking

    lagos is a popular place for young backpackers as a drinking hole, but be a little careful.some barowners are spekulating a bit too much in getting tourists very drunk cheap and then make them spend all their money when they are too drunk to know what they are doing.the happy hours can be used well though.the competiton is so strong that many bars...

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  • Car Park "Attendents"

    In nearly all the car parks we used in Portugal, there were traveller/Gypsy men directing you to & in to parking spaces. Then expecting payment. One car park this happened there were only 2 other cars in it!!But we did as we saw the locals do & paid up anyway. No idea what the consequences would have been had we refused to give any money, but why...

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  • Driving!

    The drivers here can be manic! Driving on your bumper, overtaking at a dangerous point, speeding etc. Fortunately we were not involved in any accidents.The Lisbon to Cascias and the N125 which runs along the Algarve are notoriously bad for accidents. Portugal has the highest per capita death rate from road accidents in Europe.

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  • Better safe than sorry...

    Portugal is one of Europe's safest countries, but be aware of petty crime. If you rent a car, be extra careful with what you leave in it because rented car break-ins is common in the more touristic places like Algarve, Cascais, Estoril, and Lisbon. Also be careful with how much you pay for a cab ride from the airports. The drivers take advantage of...

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  • Forrest Fires

    In the summer it can get really hot in Portugal. And because of the continous heat forrest fires may occur. Of course this doesn't happen every month, but it does happen more than you'd like. When we were in Portugal in august 2003, we had to take a different route, because of the danger of fire.

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  • Complaining about service

    Restaurants, hotels and other places related to this kind of service have, by law, a book where customers can write their complains about service or products. It is called in Portuguese "Livro de Reclamações" and it could be translated as "Complaint Book". Everything you write there will be sent to the Tourism Service and the hotel or restaurant...

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