Time & Water Information

Portugal specifies time according to the 24-hour clock which can be quite confusing for those who are accustomed to 'am' & 'pm'. See the clock on the right for a simple conversion.

Portugal maintains Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC) as summer time. Therefore, you need not change your watch if arriving from the UK. GMT is normally one hour behind CET.

Clocks are put forward one hour on the last Sunday of March and back one hour on the last Sunday of October, according to the rules of the European Union.

Tap water is safe to drink, even in spouts and fountains. If you notice a different taste from the water you have back home, probably it’s because the water is a bit more calcarious. You can always buy bottled water which is available everywhere should you so wish.