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Portugal was named the World's Leading Destination 2019 and Europe's Leading Destination 2020 & 2022 by the World Travel Awards. Lisbon was also Europe's Capital of Sports 2021, Europe's Leading City Break Destination in 2019 & 2022 and both the World’s and Europe’s Leading Seaside Metropolitan Destination 2022.
Safety is always one of the biggest concerns when travelling, specially with children, but not to Portugal. According to the Global Peace Index (2022), Portugal is the world’s 6th safest country.
The cultural scene in Lisbon today is a vibrant combination of old and new, as the ghosts of Lisbon’s grand past echo evocatively around the city’s contemporary venues.
The heart of Lisbon is filled with wide avenues, green trees, modernist-style buildings, mosaic decorations and numerous cafes.
The city is now being reborn and renovated and was recently considered one of the trendiest cities of the world.
In general, Portugal boasts a temperate climate all year round with long hot summers, warm spring and autumn months and relatively mild winters. The city of Lisbon and its surroundings are located in the coastal area, facing the Atlantic Ocean.
Lisbon is only 2 hours away from most western European cities and there are now many low cost flight connections to the city's main airport. The tournament venue is located only 5 km from the Lisbon International Airport and nearby almost every accommodation facility.
How to get to Lisbon?
Direct flights to Lisbon International Airport are available from Europe, Africa, America and Asia, from more than 110 different cities. The airport is located in the heart of Lisbon, making the route from the airport to the existing accommodations for the festival never much longer than 20 min by bus.
Flying to Porto, with 84 connections to Europe and to the rest of the world, is also a great way to get to the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival. Porto, the European Best Destination in 2012, 2014 & 2017, is only 3 hours away by bus to Lisbon on first class highways.
With more than 68 destinations, flying to Faro Airport is an excellent option to get to the festival while getting cheaper rates on flights. Enjoy the beautiful beaches in Algarve and combine it with the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival. Faro is less than 2h30 away from Lisbon by bus in modern highways, and we can provide you with good accommodation next to the beach or just a transfer to Lisbon!
To make a holiday trip to Portugal can be a delight. Throughout Portugal, there's a chain of Tourist Offices manned by bilingual staff to assist the tourist.
As the Portuguese are hospitable by nature, they are keen and proud to share their country's best features with foreign visitors.
European Union, Australia and New Zealand citizens require only their passport or Identity Document. They may remain for a period of up to 90 days. American and Canadian citizens may stay for a period of 60 days with a valid passport. Other countries are subject to Visa controls and as regulations can change overnight it is recommended that a potential visitor should check with the Portuguese Consul in their respective country prior to making a visit to Portugal.
Cost of living
Prices vary in function of the type of establishment and whether or not the cost includes a table service, as a result of which the prices presented are purely indicative. An espresso coffee, which is so popular amongst the Portuguese, costs around €1. A beer or Coca-Cola costs around €1.50. A cheese or ham sandwich costs around €2. If you have a full meal, it will cost you around €8 to €11 per person in a snack bar, between €13 and €20 in a restaurant and around €30 to €50 in a first-class restaurant or Fado house.
One of the Latin languages, Portuguese is the third most spoken European language in the world and the native tongue of about 200 million people. The Portuguese-speaking countries are scattered all over the world. Portuguese is spoken in Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé e Príncipe), in South America (Brazil) and in Asia, (East Timor, the youngest nation in the world).
In Portugal, there are lots of people who are able to communicate in English, French and Spanish.
In Lisbon, passengers can use trains, buses, electric trams, underground, and public elevators. Tickets can be purchased from 08H00 until 20H00. In most instances, tickets can be purchased before or at the moment of boarding.
The local currency is Euros. Money can be exchanged at Banks, “Bureau de Change” (Câmbio) or at one of the currency exchange machines in the streets. These facilities offer a better rate than Hotels. Euro Cheque is a cheaper method than Travellers Cheque for obtaining cash. All well-known Credit Cards are usually accepted.
In urban areas, you are charged according to the taximeter. Outside urban areas, the charge is per kilometre and includes the cost of the return trip. Luggage over 30 kilos is charged at a fixed rate. Printed rates are available in both Portuguese and English.
Banks are open from Monday through to Friday, from 08h30 to 15h00, and closed on Public Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays. Bank charges vary between different banks for the same item or service.
While in Portugal, by calling 112 you'll be connected to Fire, Police and Ambulance services. Every Fire Brigade also maintains one or more ambulances for emergencies.
Pharmacys can give advice on simple health problems and suggest appropriate treatment. They also sell many medicines without a doctors prescription.
Security is handled by the “Polícia de Segurança Pública” (PSP) or the “Guarda Nacional Republicana” (GNR). Traffic is handled by “Brigada de Trânsito”. On motorways and several major roads, there are SOS phone boxes for you to call for help in case of an accident or breakdown.
- National Emergency Number: 112
- National Enquiries: 118
- International Enquiries: 171
- Pre-Paid Calls: 172