Monday to Friday: 08:30 – 15:00 Closed on Weekends and official holidays.
Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 18:00 Central post offices.
Those at airports are open on Saturdays to.
Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 19:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 13:00
Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 19:00
From January to November, shops close at 13:00 on Saturdays;
in December, they are open Monday to Saturday, from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00.
There are also many shopping malls with shops that are open from 10:00 to 24:00.
For lunch from 12:00 to 15:00 and for dinner from 19:00 to 22:00.
Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00
Tuesdays: 14:00 - 18:00
Closed on Mondays; Good Friday; Easter Sunday; 1 May and 25 December.
Closed on Wednesdays.
Civil Protection: 21 4247100
Civil Protection District Office: 289 806 937
Forest Protection Service: 117
Tourist Help Line: 808 78 12 12
Albufeira Police: 289 513 203
Vilamoura Police: 289 388 989
Alfândega de Faro
Av. da República n.º 4
Tel.: 289 898 550
Fax: 289 898 559
Comando Zona Marítima do Sul
Rua Comunidade Lusíada – Capitania
Tel.: 289 894 990
Fax: 289 894 996
In Portugal, cars drive on the right. Safety belts must be worn at all times by all passengers, whilst motorcyclists must always wear helmets. Specific legislation is in force banning the use of mobile phones while driving, except when using hands-free equipment.
Traffic signs comply with international conventions.
When driving, the maximum level of alcohol permitted in the bloodstream is 0.5 grams/litre.
There are 24-hour service stations in main urban centres, as well as on motorways and main roads. Other petrol stations have variable opening hours.
In built-up areas: 50km/hour
On main roads: 90km/hour
On clearways: 100km/hour
On motorways: 120km/hour
Identity card or passport
Vehicle log book and proof of ownership
Faro: 289 891 100
Lagos: 282 770 100
Portimão: 282 450 330
Faro Red Cross: 289 899 900
In the event of an emergency, dial 112, the national emergency service, free of charge. The call can be answered in three languages: Portuguese, English and French. If you require medical assistance, you should go to the local Health Care Centre (Centro de Saúde). The Hospital Emergency Services must only be used in serious cases.
Air temperature in summer: 24ºC to 29ºC
Air temperature in winter: 15ºC to 18ºC
Seawater temperature in summer: 21ºC to 24ºC
Seawater temperature in winter: 15ºC to 19ºC