10 useful English to Portuguese translations when off the beaten track

August 22, 2008

Here are 10 useful English to Portuguese translations if you visit areas away from the resorts where English is less likely to be spoken.

  • Do you speak English? -> Fala Inglês?
  • Can you give me directions to… Albufeira? -> Pode dizer me como chegar a… Albufeira?
  • Can you tell me where is the nearest garage for petrol? -> Pode dizer me onde fica a estação de serviço mais proxima?
  • Where is the nearest shop? -> Qual a loja mais proxima?
  • Can you tell me where is the nearest telephone? -> Qual o telefone publico mais proximo?
  • Do you know where I can get a puncture fixed around here? -> Sabe onde fica a oficina de pneus mais proxima?
  • How much will it cost? -> Qual o preço?
  • Do you accept credit cards? -> Aceita cartão de crédito?
  • I don´t know the PIN for my card -> Não sei o código do meu cartão.
  • Thank you -> Obrigado (when speaking to to male) / Obrigada (female)

Faro mini guide – 10 suggestions of things to do

August 17, 2008

When you arrive at Faro International Airport, your first thoughts will probably be to pick up your luggage, hire car and get to whichever resort you are staying at. As a tourist destination Faro itself is often overlooked, but particularly as a winter destination a mini-break in Faro may help to cure the Northern European winter blues. The climate here in winter is very mild, with lots of sun and temperatures ranging between 15-19 degrees daytime max.

Tips for driving in the Algarve, Portugal

July 25, 2008

Portuguese roads have one of the highest accident rates in Europe. However if you take some sensible precautions the chances of having an accident will be significantly reduced.

If you are travelling to the Algarve or anywhere in Portugal this summer for a holiday, here are some useful driving tips:

  1. Drive more slowly than you would in your home country – you may need more time to react to situations
  2. Ensure all car paperwork is with you in the car (including driving licence)
  3. As a general rule, stay to the right initially, you will be in the slower lane
  4. With the steering wheel on the left hand side, ensure that you allow enough room on the right hand side of the car to pass stationary/moving vehicles (it is easy to under-estimate the clearance on the passenger side)
  5. Don´t assume that other drivers will give way to you.
  6. Remember that on roundabouts you have to give way to the left (the opposite to the UK)
  7. Multi-lane roads (dual carriage-ways) often have traffic lights to allow traffic to cross
  8. The heat in summer in Portugal is intense. Air conditioning from May to September is recommended
  9. Sun glasses are recommended for driving due to the light intensity, especially in summer and always have a bottle of water in the car
  10. The legal limit for alcohol is lower in Portugal than in the UK (20mg per 100ml max)


For more information on driving in Portugal please visit the website