Before you go, contact one of the overseas branches of the Portuguese National Tourist Office. The main office in the United States is at 590 Fifth Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036-4704 (tel. 800/PORTUGAL [767-8842] or 212/354-4403). In Canada, the office is at 60 Bloor St. W., Ste. 1005, Toronto, ON M4W 3B8 (tel. 416/921-7376). In the United Kingdom, contact the Portuguese Tourist Office, 22-25A Sackville St., 2nd Floor, London W1X 1DE (tel. 0845/355-1212; www.visitportugal.com).
The following websites are helpful:
- www.portugal.com: Investments, Trade, and Tourism of Portugal, a government agency, maintains this site. It is a general information resource, providing data about tourism and attractions, among other information.
- www.portugal-info.net: This site provides an encyclopedic range of information about accommodations, restaurants and cuisine, events, entertainment, and sports. Its focus is on Lisbon and the Algarve, and it's of special use to visitors from the United Kingdom.
- www.pousadas.pt: This site provides the best details on pousadas (government-sponsored inns scattered throughout the country). It offers geographic details, current rates, information on online bookings, and even photographs.
- www.tap-airportugal.us: This site provides data about TAP's (Portuguese Air Transportation) flights in Portugal and online reservations. New features include all published fares and data about how to change reservations.