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Portugal's second largest city is constantly being praised for its architecture, landscapes and delicacies. Still not sure? Book a flight to Porto and...
Savour that unique taste of Port
The city's baroque masterpiece is Clérigos Tower, which is there to be admired from top to bottom. It's worth climbing the 240 steps to be rewarded with a panoramic view of the River Douro. The Serralves museum and its garden are more modern but equally irresistible. And there are always the port lodges where you can taste the wine and learn about its history.
Have fun to the sound of great music
After savouring a traditional francesinha, it's time to try out Porto's exciting nightlife. The riverside Ribeira area and Foz are both points of call. Casa da Música is ideal for fans of more eclectic music. The building and its auditoriums are a treasure of modern architecture.
Culture and Business
Make sure you have your citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.
The climate is of the maritime temperate type with hot summers and rainy winters, with Atlantic, continental and Mediterranean influences. The climate also varies according to the altitude and proximity to the ocean.
Mainland Portugal and Madeira = GMT
Azores = GMT - 1
Geography and Politics
Portugal is part of the Iberian Peninsula, in southwest Europe. It includes two archipelagos: the islands of Madeira and the islands of the Azores. Portugal is a semi-presidential representative democratic republic, where the Prime Minister is the head of government. It is a member of the European Union.
Tips and Payment
Portugal is part of the Eurozone, so the currency used will be the Euro (EUR). Many businesses accept credit cards, but it is always useful to have cash with you. There are many ATMs where you can withdraw cash. It is customary to tip around 10% if you are satisfied with the service provided.
Language and expressions to memorize
The official language is Portuguese. Some useful phrases in Portuguese are: “olá” = hi, “por favor” = please; “muito obrigado/a” = thank you very much; “desculpe” = sorry.
What to do
Do not be surprised if you are invited to lunch to do business - it is customary that these lunches last a long time. Family and the social side of life are very important and it is essential to establish good relationships when you are doing business.
What not to do
Do not try to rush negotiations. The Portuguese take their time and like to be meticulous, so try to accompany the pace. Do not be late for meetings - although the culture is not as punctual as other European countries, you are expected to arrive on time when you are doing business.
What to wear
Men should wear suits and ties and women the formal equivalent, with elegance. Appearance is important, be conservative and professional, adjusting your choices to the industry you work in and the type of meeting.
When meeting someone in a business context, greet him or her with a handshake. After certain meetings and in social situations it is considered normal to give two kisses on the face. The handshake or a hug continues to be the appropriate greeting between men. If you are invited to someone's house, bring a box of chocolates or good bottle of Portuguese wine to show your appreciation.