Rick Steves' Portugal
- Purchase the seventh edition of Rick Steves' Portugal guidebook.
Updates to the seventh edition
The Festival de Sintra, with classical music and opera, takes place between late June and early July.
Updates for those still traveling with the sixth edition
The sidebar on the Carnation Revolution gives incorrect dates for President António Salazar's rule. Salazar ruled Portugal from 1926 until 1968, when he was debilitated by a stroke (he died in 1970). Salazar's authoritarian regime, the Estado Novo, continued in power under Marcelo Caetano until 1974.
Photos are now allowed at the National Palace.
Local guide Christina Quental has new rates for 2013: (Mon–Fri €115/half-day, €180/day; Sat–Sun €140/half-day, €230/day; mobile 919-922-480, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Approaching Salema by car from Spain on the A-11 freeway, take the Lagos exit (marked Lagos/Vila do Bispo/Sagres) and follow Sagres/Vila do Bispo signs. Turn left at the sign for Salema. To stop in Lagos before continuing to Salema, take the exit marked Lagos/Vila do Bispo/Sagres, but follow signs to Lagos centro. Leave Lagos via the street Avenida dos Descobrimentos, and follow signs to Sagres/Vila do Bispo.
The Câmara Municipal TI now covers both Lagos and the entire Algarve (June–Sept Mon–Sat 9:30–19:00, Oct–May Mon–Sat 9:30–17:30, closed Sun year-round, tel. 282-763-031).
The Pensão Residencial Solar has a new website: http://solarguesthouse.blogspot.com.
Residencial Lagôas now has Wi-Fi, a new phone number (tel. 281-328-243), and now accepts reservations by email: email@example.com.
The airport shuttle bus no longer runs between Tavira and the Faro airport.
Local guide and professor Libânio Murteira Reis has a new phone number, tel. 917-236-025, but it's still best to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bus station was demolished in 2012 to make way for an apartment building. A temporary station is in a small portable building behind the library on Avenida do Municipio, a few blocks inland from the Cultural Center and beach. Service drops on Sundays, so verify schedules beforehand at the station (bus info: tel. 707-223-344).
The magnetic cards that allowed overnight guests to park inside the walls have been discontinued. Check with your hotelier for parking information.
The Pasteleria Dom Afonso has replaced the Don Ramiro Wine House on the main shopping drag (#113 Rua Direita, still open daily 8:30–20:00).
The Hotel Rainha Santa Isabel now has a website: www.obidoshotel.com.
The helpful Loja da Mobilidade transport office has moved from the main TI to the São Bento train station (www.stcp.pt).
The Internet café PT Comunicações has closed.
The Solar do Vinho do Porto in a park outside of town has closed, and has been replaced by a Port Wine Shop near the Stock Exchange Palace (closed Sat–Sun, www.ivdp.pt).
The Tramway Museum has new hours: Mon 14:00–18:00, Tue–Fri 10:00–19:00, Sat–Sun 14:00–19:00.
Pensão Duas Nações is now called Duas Nações Guest House, and has a new email address: email@example.com.
The Solar da Rede pousada near Peso da Régua has closed.
The rail line between Peso da Régura and Vila Real is no longer in service, with no replacement buses along that route (though some local bus service may be available).
The historic steam train that chugga-chuggs between the valley's small towns starts running in late July (rather than late May; still just on Saturdays).