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Further information and useful contacts are provided to make your stay in Portugal truly memorable.

If you are a pilgrim on the Fátima Ways or the Ways of St. James, see the recommendations on how to prepare for and undertake the Ways, and about safety, as well as the code of conduct with which you should guide your trip.

To find out more about Jewish Heritage in Portugal, get to know the accommodation units that facilitate welcoming Jewish religion and culture, and restaurants and stores with kosher certification.

Portugal

How To Get There
By Plane

Portugal’s privileged geographic positioning makes it a stopover point for many foreign airlines at airports throughout the country, which are in:

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA regulates the operation of airports in Portugal, and provides information on departures and arrivals at www.ana.pt as well as the transport available to reach the centre of the nearest towns.

If you want to travel with a bicycle it is advisable to contact the airline before travelling. In doing so, you will be informed of the costs, limitations, procedures and documents required for travelling without any hitches.

By Road
By car

Portugal has a good road network comprising Motorways (AE), Main Itineraries (IP), Complementary Itineraries (IC), National Roads (EN) and Municipal Roads.

There are two types of Motorways:

- the traditional motorways with toll booths, where payment is made in cash or by bank card. These motorways also have Via Verde, an electronic toll system that allows payment by bank debit, and is intended only for holders of a Via Verde transponder, previously purchased at respective sale points (www.viaverde.pt);

- and tolls exclusively for electronic use, where the payment system is exclusively electronic, the passage of vehicles is detected through portals at the start of the roads, identified by the reference "Electronic toll only". For more information on toll-roads and forms of payment see www.portugaltolls.com.

Car rental services can be found at airports, at international railway stations, and in main towns and cities.

It is possible to hire vehicles with automatic or adapted gears, for drivers with mobility problems, or who simply prefer it.

To rent a car you must:

- be over 21 or 25 years old, depending on the rental conditions of each company;

- have identification (identity card for citizens of the EU, or a valid passport for other nationalities);

- hold a valid driving license for more than one year.

 

By bus

It is also possible to get to Portugal by bus. International routes to Portugal are operated by the companies Eurolines (www.eurolines.eu) and Intercentro (www.internorte.pt).

Regular bus services connect all cities, towns and main locations in Portugal. For detailed information on routes, schedules and prices, see Rede Nacional de Expressos at www.rede-expressos.pt.

By Train

CP - Trains of Portugal (www.cp.pt), provides a vast network of trains covering the entire Portuguese mainland, also ensuring international connections to Vigo, Madrid and Paris.

Several options are available to meet the needs of each traveller:

- the top-of-the-range "Alfa Pendular" trains are the fastest and most comfortable rail link between Lisbon and the Algarve, and to the north of the country, to Porto or Braga, stopping in Coimbra.

- The "Intercidades" intercity service provides links between Lisbon-Porto-Guimarães, Lisbon-Guarda, Lisbon-Covilhã, Lisbon-Évora-Beja and Lisbon-Faro.

- the Sud-Express and the Lusitania sleeper train carry out international rail links to Lisbon.

- a vast network of regional, interregional and suburban trains ensure a wide coverage of the entire national territory.

Read the conditions for transporting bicycles on trains at: www.cp.pt.

Accessibility

When planning your trip, you can find information and advice on access, assistance and accessible transport for your trip and stay in Portugal, here. Before travelling, we suggest that you first obtain detailed information regarding the services you will require.

 

Accomodation

In Portugal, many hotels offer adapted rooms for people with special needs; there are also hotel units that endeavour to provide fully adapted services and accommodation. However, direct contact with the establishment is advised for more information on the type of equipment and facilities available. On www.pathsoffaith.com, accommodation that is accessible to persons with reduced mobility is marked as "Accessible", under Features and Services.

Transportation

 

Public transport

Public transport has, as a rule, seats reserved for people with special needs, although not all are accessible to wheelchair users.

In Lisbon, Carris offers a Reduced Mobility Service on Regular Public Service lines. Most buses have a lowered floor between pavements and doors; around half are equipped with full accessibility facilities for passengers with reduced mobility, having space for wheelchairs, backrests and ramps.

More information on www.carris.pt.

In Porto, STCP has a fleet of accessible urban buses and offers buses equipped with a ramp and a place reserved for wheelchairs. All have lowered floors and allow pushchairs to remain open.

More information at www.stcp.pt.

 

Lisbon and Porto Underground

Lisbon Metro (Lisbon underground) has stations with full accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility. The blind can travel with their dogs, provided they have a leash and muzzle.

Contacts: Tel. +351 213 500 115 / relacoes.publicas@metrolisboa.pt / www.metrolisboa.pt

Porto Metro is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Contacts: Tel. +351 225 081 000 / metro@metro-porto.pt

 

Airports

All Portuguese airports have adapted sanitary facilities and transfers for people with special needs. Upon request, MyWay, a personalised assistance service for passengers with reduced mobility travelling in the EU, may also be made available. It includes mobility-enhancing mechanical resources, ladders and conveyors, elevators, suitable signage and orientation, as well as trained professionals who provide full assistance.

More information on www.ana.pt.

 

Boats

Transtejo and Soflusa, which carry out the crossing of the Tagus River between Lisbon and the south bank, offer some boats with the appropriate equipment to receive people with special needs.

For more information contact +351 210 422 411 / +351 808 20 30 50

 

Trains

CP-Comboios de Portugal offers the SIM - Integrated Mobility Service, centralized through a telephone line - +351 707 210 746 / +351 707 210 SIM, and is available 24 hours, every day of the year, for information as well as to provide the service. Through this service, the Customer with special needs will be able to obtain information on the accessibility of trains and in stations, assistance service on boarding, travelling and on arrival, among other services.

More information at www.cp.pt.

Fertagus, which serves the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, has carriages equipped for the use of wheelchair users. Most railway stations provide access to boarding platforms via lifts and / or ramps.

Contact: Tel. +351 707 127 127.

 

Taxis

There are taxis adapted to the needs of those with reduced mobility in the cities of Lisbon, Faro and Porto, among others. These new taxis adapted for the transport of persons with reduced mobility are equipped with boarding platforms, adapted seat belts, and wheelchair fastening devices or a door with a wider opening angle. These taxis can be found at airports and / or upon request when calling a taxi. See contacts at www.antral.pt.

 

Driving

If the person has some form of motor, sensory or intellectual disability but still holds a valid driving license, in Portugal he / she may drive, provided that any restrictions or adaptations that apply to the situation are complied with.

EU-issued parking cards for persons with disabilities of any type issued by any Member State are recognised in Portugal. Disabled parking spots are identified with signage. Parking in other spaces is allowed, in case of absolute necessity, provided that it is for short periods of time and without harming the normal and free movement of pedestrians and vehicles.

For more information, contact info@visitportugal.com.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland only require an ID card to enter Portugal.

For stays of 90 days or less, a passport valid for a period longer than three months after the end of the stay is required for visitors from Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Israel, Republic of Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, New Zealand, New Zealand, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Kiribati, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, East Timor, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong and Macao and the Territorial Authority of Taiwan.

Citizens from states not mentioned above, need a visa to enter Portugal, which can be requested from the Consulate or Embassy of Portugal in their country, for stays of up to a maximum of 90 days.
Under the terms of the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreements, passengers travelling to and from another Schengen State, understood as an internal flight, do not require a new visa.

More information at:

Request for visas
- www.secomunidades.pt

Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF) - Immigration and Borders Service
- www.sef.pt

Health Services

If you need medical assistance call the local Health Centre. Hospital Emergency Units should only be used in serious situations (serious trauma, poisoning, burns, heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems, etc.).

In the event of an accident or illness during a visit to Portugal, citizens of the 27 countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland have access to free or moderated health care (the same benefits as Portuguese citizens), provided that they present the European Health Insurance Card (issued in the country of origin) and their passport or ID document.

In general, pharmacies are open to the public on weekdays between 9.00 and 19.00 (some are closed for lunch between 13.00 and 15.00), and on Saturdays from 9.00 to 13.00. They are marked by a flashing green cross, when open at night. All have information about the closest pharmacies that are open at night posted on the door.

Useful Contacts

In an emergency, dial 112, the national emergency number. The call is free and the service is available in three languages: Portuguese, English and French.

National Republican Guard (GNR) - General Command: +351 213 217 000

Public Security Police (PSP) - Transit: +351 217 501 200

Civil Protection - Tel.: +351 214 247 100

Forest Protection - Tel.: 117

Fátima Way

Way Preparation

Before walking the Fátima Way, it is advisable to prepare physically with exercises to tone the body and give elasticity to the muscles of the legs, back and neck. Start your workout a few months in advance, gradually increasing the time and difficulty.

Define a staged plan that meets your level of fitness and includes existing accommodation options. Each stage covers an average distance of 25-30 km per day on foot and 60-100 km by bicycle. 

Also take into consideration the time of year when you want to do the walk, to choose the best clothes and shoes for the weather. The climate in Portugal is mild and varies from region to region, according to altitude, latitude and proximity to the sea. In the central and northern areas of the country, winters are cooler, although temperatures are moderate compared to the rest of Europe. Summers are hot and dry, especially in the interior, while heat in coastal regions is moderated by sea breezes. During the autumn days are often sunny with mild temperatures.

Lightweight and comfortable, quick-drying clothes are recommended, along with caps or hats, preferably with wide brims, to avoid heat stroke. Regardless of the time of year you intend making the journey, it is imperative to carry a large raincoat that covers your body and backpack. Wear comfortable, lightweight hiking shoes that are flexible and waterproof and that allow feet to breathe. Do not wear new shoes. You should take several pairs of socks and a pair of flip-flops or sandals, to rest your feet at the end of the day and that can also be used to bathe.

Choose a backpack that fits your body well and carry only what is needed. It is advisable that the weight of the backpack does not exceed 10% of the carrier’s weight. Inside the backpack you should include:

- ID documentation.

- Debit and / or credit card.

- A bottle of water.

- High protection sun cream.

- First aid kit.

- Tissues.

- A pocket knife or multipurpose tool.

- Small flashlight.

- Earplugs.

- Pegs and string to dry clothes.

- Laundry soap.

- Sleeping bag (necessary for overnight hostel accommodation).

- High-visibility vest for walking on roadsides.

- Mobile phone and charger.

On the Way

It is essential to keep well hydrated before, during and after completing the way. Drink water frequently, even if you’re not thirsty. Isotonic drinks provide great rehydration and prevent muscle fatigue.

Consuming small quantities of water and energy-boosting foods, such as nuts, energy bars, fruit or chocolate, during breaks along the way is recommended to recover strength and prevent cramps. 

Breaks should be kept short, between 5 - 10 minutes, if on foot. If cycling the breaks should be infrequent, short, and always off the road. In summer, always try to find a spot in the shade to rest and restore energy. To avoid fatigue you should take a break before becoming tired. Thus, it is easier and faster to recover.

Make the most of breaks to take shoes off and put your feet up. Feet should be very well looked after Always keep them clean and, every day, before starting the walk, put petroleum jelly on them, especially on the heels, between the toes and the sole of the foot. 

If you get blisters, pop them with a hypodermic needle until well drained, but never remove the skin that protects the injured area. Then put a dressing over the blister, covering the entire affected area. In the event of fungal infections, which usually occur in the form of cracks between the toes, it is advised to wash and dry the feet well, and then apply an antifungal spray, letting it air-dry. In such cases the use of ointments is not recommended because they would make the affected area wetter and stimulate the appearance of more fungi.

Safety Recommendations

- Preferably be accompanied.

- Gather information on the Way beforehand. 

- Have a look at the weather forecast and do not walk on days that are very hot, rainy or windy.

- Always inform someone of the route you are going to take and estimated time of arrival.

- Calculate how long trails are expected to take, and make sure you complete them before dark, close to accommodation.

- If possible take a mobile phone and charger with you.

- Do not take risks.

- Do not drink water from springs or sources that are not guaranteed to be of adequate quality for consumption.

- Bear in mind that autumn and winter are hunting seasons when walking through hunting areas.

- Do not carry unnecessary valuables.

Code of Conduct

Some trails cross through areas of great environmental sensitivity, namely in terms of flora, fauna and vegetation conservation:

- Avoid making unnecessary noise.

- Observe fauna from a distance.

- Do not damage or collect plants or rock samples.

- Do not leave rubbish behind or any other traces of your passing through.

The routes allow close contact with agro-systems where farming, livestock and forestry activities are carried out and whose integrity is essential to safeguard:

- Do not make a fire and be careful with cigarette butts.

- Beware of cattle. Although tame, they do not like strangers approaching their offspring.

- Leave gates as you find them. If they are closed, makes sure that they are tightly closed.

Some of the roads cross private land, with the owners’ permission.

- Respect private property.

- Follow only the routes signposted as part of the Fátima Way.

- Be affable with locals.

Tagus Way
Getting There
By plane

The international airport of Lisbon is about 7 kms from the city centre. Major international airlines fly to Lisbon.

Airport Humberto Delgado
Tel.: +351 218 413 500
Tel.: +351 218 413 700 | +351 800 201 201 (information service)
E-mail: lisbon.airport@ana.pt
Website: www.ana.pt

If you want to travel with a bicycle it is advisable to contact the airline before travelling. In doing so, you will be informed of the costs, limits, procedures and documents required for travelling without hitches.

 

By road

Lisbon has excellent access roads. The A1 motorway, the largest motorway in the country between Lisbon and Porto in the north of the country, and the A2, which connects Lisbon to the Algarve in the south, are the best ways to enter Lisbon. Both motorways have national and international connections at some points along the way.

Learn more about the payment of tolls on motorways at www.brisa.pt.

 

By train

Rail transport is an easy way to get to Lisbon and the start of the Tagus Way. Oriente Station is located a few metres from the start of the Tagus Way. 

It is this station that inter-connects with the Lisbon Metro and the Lisbon and Tejo bus stations and where national and international trains arrive.

See conditions for carrying bicycles on trains at www.cp.pt

Useful Contacts

Useful information on health, police and other services in the municipalities that the Tagus Path passes through.

Lisbon

Medical assistance

Santa Maria Hospital: +351 217 805 000 / +351 217 805 111 / +351 217 805 222 | www.chlc.min-saude.pt

São José Hospital: +351 218 841 000 | www.chlc.min-saude.pt

S. Louis Hospital: +351 213 216 500 | www.hslouis.pt

British Hospital Lisbon XXI: +351 217 104 600 | www.british-hospital.pt

Cuf Hospital: +351 213 926 100 / +351 210 025 200 | www.hospitalcufinfantesanto.pt

Cuf Discoveries Hospital: +351 210 025 200 | www.hospitalcufdescobertas.pt

Luz Hospital: +351 217 104 400 | www.hospitaldaluz.pt

Lusíadas Hospital: +351 217 704 040 | www.hpplusiadas.pt

SAMS Hospital: +351 210 499 999 | www.sams.pt

Police

Public Security Police (PSP) - Metropolitan Command of Lisbon: +351 217 654 242 / +351 965 990 000

Public Security Police (PSP) - Tourism Police Station Lisbon: +351 213 421 623

National Republican Guard (GNR) - General Command: +351 213 217 000

 

Loures

Medical assistance

Beatriz Ângelo Hospital: +351 219 847 200 | www.hbeatrizangelo.pt / http://m.hbeatrizangelo.pt

Police

Public Security Police (PSP) - Loures Station: +351 219 946 760

 

Vila Franca de Xira

Medical assistance

Vila Franca de Xira Hospital: +351 263 006 500 | www.hospitalvilafrancadexira.pt

Police

Public Security Police (PSP) - Vila Franca de Xira - 90th Station: +351 263 279 070

National Republican Guard (GNR) - Territorial Deployment of Vila Franca de Xira: +351 263 247 360

 

Azambuja

Police

National Republican Guard (GNR) - Territorial Office of Azambuja: +351 263 418 841

 

Cartaxo

Police

Public Security Police (PSP) - Cartaxo Police Station: +351 243 702 022

National Republican Guard (GNR) - Territorial Office of Cartaxo: +351 243 703 190

 

Santarém

Medical assistance

Santarém District Hospital: +351 243 300 200 / +351 243 370 578 | www.hds.min-saude.pt

Police

Public Security Police (PSP) - Santarém District Command: +351 243 322 022 / +351 962 089 952 / +351 962 091 175

National Republican Guard (GNR) - Territorial Command of Santarém: +351 243 304 500

 

Alenquer

Medical Assistance

Alenquer Health Centre: +351 263 731 340

Police

National Republican Guard (GNR) - Territorial Deployment of Alenquer: +351 263 247 340

 

Alcanena

Police

National Republican Guard (GNR) - Territorial Office of Alcanena: +351 249 882 385

 

Batalha

Police

National Republican Guard (GNR) - Batalha Territorial Office: +351 244 769 120

 

Ourém

Police

Public Security Police (PSP) - Ourém Police Station: +351 249 540 440

National Republican Guard (GNR) - Territorial Office of Fátima: +351 249 530 580

National Republican Guard (GNR) - Territorial Office of Ourém: +351 249 540 310

Additional Information about Fátima Ways

Centro Nacional de Cultura: wwww.cnc.pt

Jewish Heritage

Kosher Services
Acommodation

Hotel da Música
Mercado do Bom Sucesso,
Largo Ferreira Lapa, 21 a 183
4150-323 Porto
Tel.: +351 226 076 000
E-mail: info@hoteldamusica.com
Website: www.hoteldamusica.com

Belmonte Sinai Hotel
Largo de São Sebastião
6250-086 Belmonte
Tel.: +351 275 910 800
E-mail: geral@belmontesinaihotel.com

LUX Lisboa Park Hotel
Rua Padre António Vieira, 32
1070-197 Lisboa
Tel.: +351 213 894 320
Email: lux.lisboa@luxhotels.pt
Website: https://lisboa.luxhotels.pt

Restaurants

Bom Sucesso Gourmet
Hotel da Música
Mercado do Bom Sucesso - Largo Ferreira Lapa, 21 a 183
4150-323 Porto
Tel.: +351 226 076 000
E-mail: info@hoteldamusica.com
Website: www.hoteldamusica.com

Casa de Hummus
Rua de Santo Ildefonso, 233
4000-222 Porto
Tel.: +351 911 500 725
E-mail: casadehummus@gmail.com

Kosher Kadoorie Restaurant
Sinagoga Kadoorie Mekor Haim
Rua de Guerra Junqueiro, 340
4150-386 Porto
Tel.: +351 911 768 596
E-mail: info@comunidade-israelita-porto.org
Website: www.comunidade-israelita-porto.org
Apenas mediante prévia reserva e para grupos judaicos.

Hotel Lusitânia Congress & Spa Restaurant
Urbanização Quinta das Covas, Lote 34
6300-389 Guarda
Tel.: +351 275 330 406
E-mail: centraldereservas@naturaimbhotels.com
Website: www.hotellusitaniaparque.com

Hotel Vanguarda Restaurant
Avenida Monsenhor Mendes do Carmo
6300-586 Guarda
Tel.: +351 275 330 406
E-mail: centraldereservas@naturaimbhotels.com
Website: www.hotelvanguarda.com

Hotel Puralã - Wool Valley Hotel & Spa Restaurant
Rua Alameda Pêro da Covilhã
6201-909 Covilhã
Tel.: +351 275 330 400
E-mail: geral@naturaimbhotels.com

Alquimia Restaurant
H2otel Congress & Medical Spa
Avenida das Termas, Apartado 459
6215-574 Unhais da Serra
Tel.: +351 275 970 020
E-mail: geral@naturaimbhotels.com
Website: www.h2otel.com

Salvo Seja Restaurant
LUX Lisboa Park Hotel
Rua Padre António Vieira, 32
1070-197 Lisboa
Tel.: +351 213 894 320
E-mail: lux.lisboa@luxhotels.pt
Website: https://lisboa.luxhotels.pt

Shops

Porto Kosher Store
Mercado do Bom Sucesso
Largo Ferreira Lapa, 21 a 183
4150-323 Porto
Tel.: +351 226 076 000
E-mail: portokosherstore@hoteldamusica.com
Website: www.comunidade-israelita-porto.org

Portuel Kosher Store
Rua Gomes Freire, 146 A
1150-180 Lisboa
Tel.: +351 213 540 460 | +351 960 164 445
Email: store@portuel-kosher-portugal.pt
Website: http://portuel-kosher-portugal.pt

Useful Contacts

Jewish Community of Oporto
Tel.: +351 911 768 596
E-mail: info@comunidade-israeltita-porto.org
Website: www.comunidade-israelita-porto.org

Jewish Community of Lisbon
Tel.: +351 213 931 130
E-mail: administrativo@cilisboa.org

Portuguese Network of Jewish Quarters
Tel.: +351 275 911 362 | +351 928 054 110
Email: info@redejudiariasportugal.com
Website: www.redejudiariasportugal.com

Granting Nationality to Sephardic Jews’ Descendants
Portuguese Communities Portal - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Website: www.portaldascomunidades.mne.pt

Sephardic Jews of Portuguese origin can obtain the Portuguese nationality, by naturalisation, through the administrative procedure regulated by Decree-Law No. 30-A/2015, of 27 February. For more information, please refer to the Portuguese Communities Portal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, here.

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