around the villa
Visits and pratical
Portugal is six times smaller than France with a length of 560 km upon a width of 220 km. Portugal runs along a coastline of 850 km.
Tremês is practically in the center of the country. You will spend as much time travelling to Porto or in the Douro valley as going to Algarve.
In Santarem, the climate is hot during the summer and mild in the winter. The locals tend to laugh at the fact that some have never seen snow.
On the coast line, Nazare, Peniche…, the weather is moderate. The ocean mist is never too far. The temperature of the sea never goes above 19°-20°. As you go further inland, it becomes warmer with a dry heat but with a slight wind that makes it enjoyable.
Roads and motorways
The entire country has a very good road system which allows you to travel fast everywhere.
The alcohol limit for drivers is 0.5 g/l.
Seat belts are compulsory.
Maximum speed on the motorways: 120 km/h.
There are two different types of toll booths:
Classic toll booths where you pay at the booth. Stay
on the right end side lanes as the left ones are used
for regular users with badges.
Electronic toll Portals, where your bank account will
be automatically debited. As a foreigner entering the
country, you will be waved into a specific lane
where you will be invited to swipe your credit card
into a machine, then every time you pass an
electronic toll portal, your account will be
automatically debited. Whilst passing those portals,
keep to your speed limit, no need to slow down.
Coast of living
For example, groceries are 30 % to 40 % cheaper than France. However, imported products are the same price or even more expensive due to a VAT of 23 %. The closer you get to the coast line, big cities or touristic areas, the cost of living will be more expensive. A coffee or a beer is approximately 0,80 €.At the restaurant, the four of us (without being fussy), we’ve eaten for 15 €. Petrol is approximately the same price as in France.Average monthly salary: 902 € Minimum legal monthly salary: 623€ Minimum rate per hour: 3,54 €.
In the past, the Portuguese migrated towards France, Belgium, Canada… to run away from the political terror and the economic crisis. This economic migration still happens nowadays. In Schools, they learn foreign languages very early on. You will be amazed at the number of children who speak French and/or English. Be careful what you say to them, sometimes they won’t tell you that they understand…
Don’t forget to ask for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) a few weeks before you are due to travel.
An EHIC is free and gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare on temporary stays in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free. It will cover immediate and clinically necessary state-funded treatment until your planned return home to the UK. For more info, call your local NHS office.
International credit cards are not accepted everywhere because store keepers pay extra taxes. You will find credit/debit card machines in shopping centers, touristic places, banks… always have some cash on you.
Good Morning = Born Dia, Olà
Hi (Good afternoon) = Boa tarde
Bye = Adeus
Yes = Sim
No = Nao
Please = Por favor
Thank you (to a man) = Obrigado
Thank you (to a woman) = Obrigada
My pleasure = De nada
Sorry = Desculpe
How much does it cost please? = Quanto custo por favor?
I don’t understand! = Nao comprendo
I understand = Compreendi
Prohibited = Proibido
Where are the toilets please? = Onde é a casa de banho por favor?
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The Cork Oak
Portugal is the number one cork producer in the world. The trees are cut down approximately every 10 years. The numbers on the trunks represent the year they will be cut down.
You will see many Eucalyptus plantations. Mostly used for paper making.
The grand tree of Portugal. The villa is surrounded by olive trees as far as the eye can see. Olive picking season is in October, life stops. Family and friends gather round for the picking.
SOS : 112
Medical assistance: 115 or 112
Tourist support: 800 296 296 (free call)
Miscellaneous problems, danger, report of an accident, etc …: 112
Information Portugal: 118
International information: 099
International telegrams: 182
Call pcv to foreign : 098
Report a forest fire: 800 261 261 (free call)
Motor / Motorcycle technical assistance: 219 429 103
Airports info arrivals: 218 446 473 (or 4 or 5 in final)
Note: 112 is an identical number throughout the European Union. It can be done from any telephone, landline or mobile phone. Even without a phone card, it can be composed of a telephone booth. This is a freephone number, wherever you are.