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Portugal has revamped its network of tourist offices in recent years, adding tourist information kiosks at all major airports and in most city squares, with multilingual staff and interactive exhibits. The locations on Lisbon's Praça Comercio and at Porto's airport are particularly sophisticated and helpful. Staff can help you plan all aspects of your stay, from maps and car rentals to restaurant recommendations and gift shops.

Portugal is Western Europe's poorest country, and some parts of the interior and north are relatively conservative. Especially in churches or at religious pilgrimage sites, women should avoid skimpy clothing. Many local women, particularly the elderly, still wear head coverings or lace veils to church—a custom that went out of fashion in the 1960s elsewhere. Portuguese tend to be quieter and more reserved than their fiery neighbors on the Iberian Peninsula, the Spaniards. But they are friendly and open, and have an affinity for foreign languages, which could come in handy when asking for directions.

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