By / 11th November, 2016 / Tips & Tricks / Off

1. Portuguese people feel a sincere happiness when helping tourists so don’t feel ashamed to ask for help. Most of them know how to speak English, or at least they will make an effort to understand you.

2. Although a Catholic country (almost 90{c25b6e1c6a245e70fc6500154e0557d937502bb394782fe6b9eb1add4adc1b28} of Portuguese consider themselves to be Catholic) only as much as 19{c25b6e1c6a245e70fc6500154e0557d937502bb394782fe6b9eb1add4adc1b28} practice this faith).

3. The Portuguese are also known for not being very punctual. It’s as if being 15 to 30 minutes late is part of the cultural etiquette.

4. Portugal in general is a gay friendly country, but don’t expect the same openness in rural and small places that you get in the bigger cities like Lisbon or Porto.

5. Dinner is also quite late comparing to other European countries, usually between 8:30 and 9:00 pm.

6. Some cities in Portugal still stage bullfighting events. In Portugal it is illegal, contrary to what happens in Spain, to kill the bull during the bullfight. Keep in mind that this kind of entertainment is also very criticized by the Portuguese.

7. Football is a sensitive subject among the Portuguese. It is the sport that most characterizes their cultural identity. The main teams are: Futebol Clube do Porto, Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Sporting Clube de Portugal.