Guidebook Updates for Portugal

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!

Across Portugal

  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.

For books printed before May 2019, the following may also apply:

Coimbra

For books printed before May 2019, the following may apply:

  • At the University of Coimbra, both types of tickets (with or without the library) now include the nearby Science Museum (which is now open daily 10:00–19:00). To save time waiting in line at the main entrance by the Iron Gate, you can visit the Science Museum first and buy your university tickets there, and also book your required entry time for the King João's Library.
  • To get from Coimbra to Salamanca, Spain, the Alsa bus is now the best option, leaving at 9:45 daily with a connection; on some days a direct bus also departs at 10:00 or 10:30. The InterNorte bus that previously left from Coimbra now leaves from Guarda, closer to the border.
  • Bar Diligência is closed Sundays.
  • Restaurante Jardim da Manga is closed Saturdays.
  • Restaurante O Serenata has closed.
  • Língua restaurant has closed.
  • Hotel Domus has a new website: residencialdomus.com.
  • Hotel Larbelo has a new website: hotellarbelo.com-coimbra.info.

Douro Valley

For books printed before May 2019, the following may apply:

  • Near Pinhão, Casa do Visconde de Chanceleiros has changed its email address to info@chanceleiros.com.
  • In Régua, Castas e Pratos restaurant has a new phone number: + (0)351-254-323-290.
  • In Régua, Tremdouro now runs the tourist train and cruises that were formerly run by Douro Verde.

Évora

For books printed before May 2019, the following may apply:

  • Hotel Santa Clara is now called Stay Hotel Évora Centro.

Lisbon

  • Solar do Vinho do Porto is closed for renovations through the end of 2020.
  • Canto do Camões restaurant has permanently closed.
  • Taste of Lisbon's "Downtown-Mouraria Food and Cultural Walk" has been renamed the "Lisbon Roots, Food & Culture Walk."

For books printed before May 2019, the following may also apply:

  • At national museums, free admission on the first Sunday of the month is restricted to Portugal residents.
  • The MUDE design museum is closed for renovation. It's expected to reopen in 2019 or 2020.
  • At the National Coach Museum's Royal Riding School, the upstairs gallery is permanently closed.
  • Trolley line #24E is back in service after a 20-year hiatus. Although it doesn't go past many recommended sights, it's a less-crowded option for a trolley ride, and offers visitors a slice of workaday Lisbon. 
  • Lisbon Dreams Guest House has a new website and email address: reservations@lisbondreams.com.
  • Pensão Praça da Figueira pension has a new email address: reservas@ppf.com.
  • The GeoStar travel agency on Praça des Restauradores has closed. Another location is open on Praça Duque da Terceira 1, near the Cais do Sodré station (Mon–Fri 9:00–18:30, closed Sat–Sun,  tel. (0) +351-213-405-380).

Porto

For books printed before May 2019, the following may also apply:

  • Famed Bolhão Market is closed for a complete renovation until mid-2020. A temporary market is a block a way in a modern department store basement.
  • The Internorte bus station has moved to Campo 24 de Agosto 123.