When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Portugal, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!
For books printed before March 2013, the following may apply:
- 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.
- Buses to Madrid: The AVANZA Bus Company runs two buses a day in each direction (8–9 hours, €47.50 each way, daytime or overnight; check schedules and buy tickets on MOVELIA).
- The LisboaCard does not cover the entire cost of admission at the National Palace, though it does grant card holders a discount.
- The Festival de Sintra, with classical music and opera, takes place between late June and early July.
For books printed before March 2013, the following may also apply:
- 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, email@example.com).
- Monte Da Lua Guesthouse now has a website and email address: www.montedalua.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.