Portugal Road Signs

Portugal Road Signs

Another piece of beautiful street architecture in Portugal besides its directional road signs are the signs on each street showing the name of each particular road, street or alley.

Portugal Road Signs

Some of them are made in beautiful azulejos ceramic tiles.

Portugal Road Signs

Others are more minimalist and functional in plain stone.

Portugal Road Signs

Keep your eyes open for some beautiful street signs during your stay in Portugal.

Portugal Road Signs

Rua is translated as street, travessa is lane or alley, beco is also alley.

Portugal Road Signs

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Portugal Street Signs

Portugal Street Signs

Portugal's road signs and street signs are clear to read and, in general, well situated.

Portugal Street Sign

In Lisbon, the brown signs point to attractions and places of interest. Icons are used for museums and churches.

Portugal Street Sign

Portugal's public toilets are also sign-posted - look out for the WC icon and the Portuguese word for toilet - sanitarios.

Portugal Street Sign

Destinations are usually shown with black text on a white background.

Portugal Street Sign

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Washing Lines in Portugal

Washing Lines in Portugal

Portugal's historic city centers are full of very interesting washing lines!

Washing Lines in Portugal

With small or no gardens in many old town centers, washing is left out to dry from windows, balconies and fire escapes.

Washing Lines in Portugal

You can see an amazing variety of clothing hanging out to dry, from a full team's football kit, to skimpy underwear to even a voluminous bra in Elvas!

Washing Lines in Portugal

I have yet to be dripped on, thanks to Portugal's dry climate so keep your eyes open for one of Portugal's greatest thrills - its laundry lines.

Washing Lines in Portugal

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Washing Lines in Portugal

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English Cemetery Elvas

English Cemetery (Cemiterio dos Ingleses), Elvas

The English Cemetery (Cemiterio dos Ingleses) in Elvas, not far from the Castelo, is the final resting place of many of the men killed in the bloody campaigns of the Peninsular War (1807-1814), especially the horrific storming of the fortress of Badajoz over the border in Spain, where over 4,800 British soldiers lost their lives or were wounded and the equally deadly Battle of Albuera, where another 4,000 soldiers perished.

English Cemetery Elvas

Many of the wounded were brought back to Elvas, where many subsequently died and were buried.

English Cemetery Elvas

After so much blood and carnage at the storming of Badajoz, the English soldiers went on the rampage killing over 4,000 of the defenders and civilians in the town.

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Portugal's Post Office CCT

Post Offices in Portugal (CTT - Correios, Telégrafos e Telefones)


Statue of a postal worker outside the main post office in Bragança.
Statue of a postal worker outside the main post office in Bragança

Portugal's Post Office is largely reliable. The Portuguese postal service is run by CCT (Correios, Telégrafos e Telefones).

Post office is correios in Portuguese; selo is stamp.

Correio normal (ordinary mail) is sent in the red post boxes; correio azul (airmail) is posted in the blue boxes.

The history of Portugal's post office dates back to King Manuel I, who created the Correio Público back in 1520. The distinctive logo features a horseback figure blowing a horn and harks back to the service's early days.

Post Office in Portugal

Hours

Post offices in Portugal are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 6 pm and each major town should have a general post office with Saturday opening hours (usually in the morning). Smaller branches may close for lunch. There is a post office at Lisbon Airport.

Packages are often delivered to a post office rather than an address, so to pick up a parcel go to the counter marked Encomedas, similarly for poste restante.

In general allow 3-5 days for delivery in mainland Portugal for normal mail and longer for Madeira and the Azores. For next day delivery choose correio azul.

Registered mail should arrive the next day in Portugal.

CTT Track & Trace

Track your delivery online with CTT

Postcodes

Postcodes usually have seven digits. The first two digits represent one of the country's nine postal regions with Lisbon 10 and Porto 40. The next two digits are subdivisions of the postal region according to the sorting office. The three digits after the hyphen represent the building number or street address.

Portugal's Post Office
Portugal's Post Office


Stamps (selos) can be purchased from post offices or from shops and kiosks displaying the red and white correio symbol with the horse and bugle. Many newsagents will sell stamps in Portugal.

The main post office in Lisbon is at Praça dos Restauradores 58.

CTT
Tel: 707 26 26 26

Portugal's Post Office, Lisboa

Correio normal (ordinary mail) is sent in the red post boxes; correio azul (airmail) is posted in the blue boxes.
Correio normal (ordinary mail) is sent in the red post boxes; correio azul (airmail) is posted in the blue boxes
Post boxes in Braga
Post boxes in Braga
Post van in Lisbon
Post van in Lisbon
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Postal worker statue in Lisbon


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Porto v Manchester United

Porto v Manchester United

The Portuguese league leaders FC Porto face Premier League leaders and Champions League holders Manchester United in a crucial quarter final clash tonight.

Porto hold the advantage after securing a hard-fought 2-2 draw in the away leg at Old Trafford.

Porto have never lost to British opposition at home in 21 matches going back to 1967.

The big game takes place in the 50,000 capacity Estádio das Dragão.

Estádio das Dragão is north-east of Porto city centre. Match day special STCP buses run to the stadium from the Rotunda da Boavista (Praça Mouzinho de Albuquerque) or Praça da Liberdade.
Buses 21 and 78 run from the Rotunda or Avenida dos Aliados.

Estádio das Dragão, Porto.

Estádio das Dragão, Porto.

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Police in Lisbon

Police in Lisbon

The police maintain a fairly visible presence in Lisbon, with officers present at many local events and patrolling in cars. The Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP) is Portugal's main urban police force.

Police in Lisbon
Police in Lisbon
Crime

Drug-related petty crime maybe a problem after dark in some areas of the city and the Intendente area of the capital is often cited as a place to be wary. On the whole, Lisbon is very safe compared with other European capitals.

Police in Lisbon

Some of the Portuguese police patrol cars could do with an update as the rust bucket above demonstrates. And low and behold a few years later.

Police in Lisbon.

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Portugal Manhole Covers

Portugal Manhole Covers

Portugal's manhole covers may not be as picturesque as the manhole covers in Japan, but they are worthy of attention nonetheless for committed drainspotters.

Portugal Manhole Cover

CML refers to Camara Municipal de Lisboa (cm-lisboa.pt) - the city council of Lisbon.

Portugal Manhole Cover

The manhole cover below is in Parque das Nações in eastern Lisbon and commemorates the 1998 Expo.

Portugal Manhole Cover

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The Subway in Lisbon

The Subway in Lisbon

Lisbon's metro is a quick and easy way to get around the city.

Parque Station
Parque Station
The basic fare is 1.40 Euros or use a one day pass or Lisboa card. The older lines, which were begun in the 1950's, are showing their age, but the new line out to Gare do Oriente is clean and bright and much less grimy.



Lisbon metro sign

The fairly recently built stations at Cais do Sodré and Santa Apolónia are also very modern and pleasant.

The subway stations seem very close together in terms of the time taken between them.

The Lisbon subway system integrates well with Lisbon's buses and trams.

Lisbon metro


Metro Stations in Lisbon

Baixa-Chiado

Parque

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Picoas
Picoas Station
Baixa-Chiado Station


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St George Anglican Church Lisbon

St George Anglican Church Lisbon

The St George Anglican Church in Lisbon is set in the beautiful grounds of what is known as the English Cemetery, which includes the grave of the English novelist Henry Fielding.

St George Anglican Church Lisbon

The Anglican church for Lisbon in the Diocese in Europe, the church attracts a steady number of expat worshippers and Portuguese Anglicans.

St George Anglican Church Lisbon

Access - Getting There

St George Anglican Church is situated in the Estrela district of Lisbon within easy walking distance of Jardim Estrela.

Henry Fielding's grave
Grave of the English novelist Henry Fielding

St George Anglican Church Lisbon

The graveyard and church
The graveyard and church
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English Cemetery Lisbon

English Cemetery, Estrela, Lisbon (Cemiterio dos Ingleses)


Cemiterio dos Ingleses
Cemiterio dos Ingleses
 The English Cemetery (Cemiterio dos Ingleses) in the Estrela district of Lisbon is just outside the Jardim Estrela, which is across the street from the Basilica da Estrela in western Lisbon.

The peaceful grounds of the cemetery, which was founded in 1717, include the tomb of the English novelist and magistrate, Henry Fielding.

Henry Fielding's grave
Tomb of Henry Fielding
Fielding, already suffering from numerous ailments, traveled to Lisbon in 1754 in search of a cure. The author recounted his sea voyage in the book The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon

Fielding's grave is signposted upon entry. The grounds also include the remains of Lisbon's ancient Jewish cemetery and the Victorian St. George Church, which holds Anglican services in English every Sunday.

St George Anglican Church Lisbon

Access - Getting There

Take buses #9, #20, #27 or #38 to the gate of the cemetery.

Another green space in the capital is the pleasant Jardim Afonso Albuquerque.

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Cemiterio dos Ingleses
Cemiterio dos Ingleses
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