Portugal Info - Useful Sites

 
Useful Sites
Useful Web Sites in English for Visitors to Portugal  

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF CÔA
The site provides information on the Côa archaeological find now a National Park of great archaeological importance. The website gives details of Park procedures, how to get there and what to see. An historic overview of the park, pictures and pre-historic artefacts can also be accessed.
www.ipa.min-cultura.pt/coa

CAMPING
This site is very user friendly and provides information on camp sites in Portugal. To search for camp sites select a region. It gives directions on how to get to your location and provides information on camp facilities. Details on caravan, tent, mobile home and equipment rental are also available. Bookings can be made on-line.
www.roteiro-campista.pt

CULTURAL CENTRE
The site offers information on Portugal’s most prestigious State Cultural Centre which is located in Belém. A detailed programme of events taking place at the centre can be accessed by downloading a PDF file in the English language.
www.ccb.pt

CULTURAL - GENERAL INFORMATION
This site provides information on the Portuguese National Trust – its buildings, monuments and landmarks, palaces, castles, fortresses, churches, cathedrals, libraries, archaeological sites and other buildings of public interest. Detailed information on the history and location of each location is given and the operating hours are also shown. The site also provides details of driving routes which are theme-based and take in National Trust buildings and archaeological sites. The website lists the number of World Heritage sites in Portugal.
www.ippar.pt

METRO - LISBON
An useful site for visitors to Lisbon. This website includes a detailed map of the subway lines, fare information and working hours, plus a comprehensive list of art and cultural activities on display in each subway station.
www.metrolisboa.pt

PARACHUTING
The site offers information relating to parachuting and skydiving in Portugal. National and international championship calendars are provided and there are details of parachuting/skydiving schools and organizations.
www.fppq.pt

RAILWAYS
The official website for the Portuguese railway system. It provides information on types of trains, train schedules and train services. The search engine on each menu enables the visitor to access information on train itineraries, and select points and times of departure and arrival and the time which each journey will take. Some menus are in the Portuguese language but there is a connection to an English version at the bottom of each page. On-line booking is not available.
www.cp.pt

RIVER TAGUS FERRIES

This site provides information on ferry crossings over the River Tagus. Information on river cruises is also available but reservations cannot be made on-line. The Portuguese version is more detailed than the limited English one which provides information on ferry routes, timetables and ticket prices.
www.transtejo.pt

SURFING
As the name states it is all about surfing and includes Portugal. Select the world map, click on Portugal, and a map of the country with its main windsurfing spots will appear. Click on each windsurfing spot to access useful technical information. It also assists in accessing the degree of difficulty for windsurfing.
www.wannasurf.com

TRANSPORT - BUSES ALGARVE & CENTRAL TOWNS
A site providing information on bus travel in the Algarve and the express buses running between main towns and the Algarve. Timetables and ticket prices are displayed and there are even details on a bus rental.
www.eva-bus.com

TRANSPORT - LISBON
This site provides information on public transport in Lisbon – buses, trams, trains and express services. The English version can be accessed by scrolling down the welcome page and clicking on the ‘English please’ icon. There are timetables and detailed information on each line are provided. Detailed information about fares and special services, such as the express bus service to and from the airport and tours of Lisbon, is also provided. The Portuguese version of this website has additional menus, including a map of Lisbon and service routes which can be downloaded as a PDF file.
www.carris.pt

WINE - PORT
A site providing details about Port Wine and the Douro region in which it is produced. To access information about wineries, Port Wine lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia and port tasting venues ( Porto, Lisbon and Regua), click on the menu item "Tourism and Gastronomy". Initial information is in English but details of wineries are still only available in the Portuguese language.
www.ivp.pt

WINE - VINHA VERDE

This site gives information on the Vinho Verde wine region, its history, local traditions, wine and its winemaking. A map showing the location of each winery can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Rota dos Vinhos Verdes’ icon. One can then click on any winery featured on the map for information and details of visiting hours and instructions on how to get there. Information on the surrounding area is also given.
www.vinhoverde.pt

Useful Web Sites only in Portuguese language for Visitors to Portugal

BULLFIGHTING

This website gives information about bullfighting. It is only available in the Portuguese language.
www.toirosecavalos.com

ENTERTAINMENT - GENERAL
This site is useful in providing a comprehensive guide to movies, exhibitions, theatre, dance and music performances and culture-related lectures throughout most of Portugal. It is available only in the Portuguese language.
www.min-cultura.pt

HISTORIC INFORMATION - SERRA DA ESTRELA
This site provides information on ten historic Portuguese Villages – Almeida, Castelo Mendo, Castelo Novo, Castelo Rodrigo, Idanha-a-Velha, Linhares, Marialva, Monsanto, Piodão and Sortelha – all located around the Serra da Estrela mountains in the Transmontana region. A map showing locations of each village, a history of each village, pictures and lists of buildings, can be accessed by using its search engine. This site is only available in the Portuguese language.
www.cartadolazer.inatel.pt

MUSEUMS
This website provides information on 29 of Portugal’s main museums. It includes details of exhibits, permanent and temporary collections and opening hours. This site is only available in the Portuguese language.
www.ipmuseus.pt

NATURE PARKS & RESERVES
The site provides information on the many National Parks and Nature Reserves. Details of walking tours, accommodation, flora and fauna. The site is only in the Portuguese language.
www.icn.pt

TOUR GUIDES
A site for the Official Tour Guide Association of Portugal. You can search for tour guides specialized in one town, area or region. The site is only available in the Portuguese language.
www.guiasinterpretes.com

TRANSPORT - AZORES SATA

The official website for SATA, the Azores airline, which flies from Boston, Toronto and Montreal.
www.sata.pt

TRANSPORT - BUSES CENTRAL AND NORTH
This site offers information on bus travel in Central and Northern Portugal. A map showing bus routes is provided and bus time-tables are also included. This site is only available in the Portuguese language.
www.rodonorte.pt

TRANSPORT - BUSES NATIONAL
The site provides details on the express bus services between towns and villages in Portugal. If you select your desired points of departure and arrival the website will provide you with the appropriate bus time-table. Also, information on the fares and on the locations of ticket purchasing points. The information is only available in the Portuguese language.
www.rede-expressos.pt

TRANSPORT - PORTO
A site providing information about public transport in Porto, including buses and trams. Information is also given about the express link between the airport and the city centre hotels. An itinerary of what to see and where to get on and off the bus or tram is also provided. There is also information on cultural events and the Tram Museum in Porto. This site is only available in the Portuguese language.
www.stcp.pt

WINDSURFING
This website provides information on Overpower windsurfing and similar activities and events. Available only in the Portuguese language.
www.overpower.net


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