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In todays world where time is often more precious than money, it is frustrating to find oneself searching hopelessly in an unfamiliar region. Much of Arrabida secrets are truly hidden behind unmarked doors and down twisting pathways.

Smoking

Smoking is forbidden by law in public transportation, and in closed public areas. Some restaurants allow smoking.

Electricity

The current is 220 volts AC, with a continental round pin plug.

Telephone

All over Portugal, there are crediphones where phone cards can be used. These can be bought in post offices and news agents. At post offices, calls can be paid for at the end of the conversation. To phone abroad, dial 00 then the country code and city/local code.

Postal services

Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. In main cities there are one post office station open on Saturdays. Stamps are sold here and also on shops bearing the sign of the red horse. The Portuguese word for post office is “Correios” and for stamp is “selo”.

Shops

From 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm (working days). On Saturdays, most shops close at 1 pm. In the shopping centres located in larger towns, shops are normally open too on Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays from 10 am to 11 pm.

Banks

From 8:30 am to 3 pm from Monday to Friday; closed on official holidays.The unit of currency is the Euro. Some banks have automatic exchange machines. Reception in most hotels will change money and they are entitled to charge a small extra amount to cover fluctuation exchange rates. Traveler cheques and Eurocheques are accepted by all Portuguese banks and exchange bureaus. Visa, Amex, Eurocard, Diner Club and Master Card are the most useful credit cards.

Credit cards most accepted in Portugal are : Visa, Eurocard , Mastercard, Eurocheque, Diners Club , American Express.

Health (Health Services Directory)

Medical facilities Medical assistance is available in hospitals providing 24 hours a day emergency service. There are also many clinics open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In case of emergency dial the number 115. In case of road accident use the nearest SOS phone (orange).

Chemists

Open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. /3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings. In every area, you can always find one that is open all night or on Sunday. See the sign on the door (white cross on green background) to find your nearest chemist. The Portuguese word for chemist is “Farmacia”.

Dentist

Open from 10 am to 13 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm, Monday to Friday, and sometimes Saturday mornings.

Museums

Open from 10 am to 12:30 am and from 2 pm to 5 pm. Closed on Mondays. Some palaces also close on Wednesdays.

Hospitals

Private :

Hospor Hospital de Santiago E.N. 10 Km 37, Nossa Senhora Anunciada,Apartado 25 – 2904-540 Setubal Tel. : +351 265509200.

Hospital Cuf Descobertas R. Mario Botas – Expo Lisboa 1998-018 Lisboa Tel.:+351 210025200.

Public :

Hospital de Sao Bernardo, S.A. Rua Camilo Castelo Branco – 2910-446 Setúbal Tel.: +351 265 549 000

Hospital Garcia da Orta – Apartado 10 – 2806 Almada Tel.: +351 212 940 294