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Brittany Ferries
       
   
UK Groceries Delivered to Portugal
       
   
Groceries Delivered to Portugal

Groceries and pet food delivered to Portugal for free on orders over £25. click on the images below to enter the store
       
                  
       
       
   
Books About Portugal
       
                  
       
       
   
Large Supermarkets, Hypermarkets & Wholesalers
       
   
Click on the store image to view their website in a new window
       
   
Continente Supermarket

Location: Coimbra
Ground floor of Coimbra shopping centre
SatNav:   40°11'38.45"N     8°24'31.37"W

Ground floor of Forum shopping centre
SatNav:   40°12'40.66"N     8°26'35.79"W

Lousã
SatNav:   40° 7'0.46"N     8°14'19.77"W

       
   
Jumbo Supermarket

Location: Coimbra
Ground floor of the Doce Vita shopping centre
SatNav:   40°12'16.27"N     8°24'23.94"W
       
   
Lidl

Coimbra - head towards Coimbra B railway station
SatNav:   40°13'39.21"N     8°26'18.10"W

Condeixa
SatNav:   40° 6'36.21"N     8°30'28.48"W

Lousã - next door to the chinese restaurant
SatNav:   40° 7'9.20"N     8°14'58.49"W

Pombal - just past the GNR
SatNav:   39°54'59.47"N     8°37'20.70"W

       
   
Ikea

Lisbon, Alfragide
Porto, Matosinhos
       
   
Leroy Merlin

Coimbra, Vale das Flores
SatNav: 40°11'40.02"N    8°24'16.08"W
       
   
Makro

Coimbra, North retail park
SatNav:   40°14'39.90"N     8°25'56.38"W
       
   
Mini Preço (Dia)

Coimbra, Taveira - Park Mondego
SatNav:   40°11'27.34"N     8°30'34.76"W

Figueiró dos Vinhos (next to the football stadium)
SatNav:   39°53'45.65"N     8°17'3.39"W

       
   
Intermarché

Ansião
SatNav:   39°54'42.14"N     8°26'26.11"W

Condeixa
SatNav:   40° 7'22.35"N     8°30'12.16"W

Figueiró dos Vinhos
SatNav:   39°54'21.21"N     8°16'52.30"W

Lousã
SatNav:   40° 6'53.37"N     8°14'44.39"W

Miranda do Corvo
SatNav:   40° 5'7.74"N     8°19'22.92"W

Pombal
SatNav:   39°55'11.35"N     8°37'47.42"W

Sertã
SatNav:   39°48'43.83"N     8° 6'29.46"W

       
   
Pingo Doce

Pombal (next door to the GNR)
SatNav:   39°54'57.81"N     8°37'8.48"W

Pombal in the basement of Pombal Shopping Centre
SatNav:   39°55'0.64"N     8°37'39.56"W

Sertã
SatNav:   39°47'55.11"N     8° 5'44.46"W

       
   
       
   
Brand Named Products
       
   
Unlike the Algarve, central Portugal doesn't have an "English" shop on every street corner. But that doesn't mean you can't buy your favorite brands or similar local products here, you just need to know where to shop
       
   
Bacon
Looks and tastes just like english streaky
Available in Intermarché, Jumbo, Continente, Mini Preço
       
   
Sausages
These chipolata style sausages with herbs are a great substitute for the ´british banger´
Available in Jumbo, Continente, Lidl
       
   
Baked Beans
Both Heinz and HP brands available in most high street supermarkets but come at a premium, approx €1.20 a tin
       
   
Tea Bags
If you like weak tea Lidl´s home brand ´Ceylon Assam´ is perfect, approx €1.20 for 40 bags. If you prefer a nice strong cup, PG Tips are available in Jumbo, Continente and Intermarché but at a premium, approx €3.60 for 40 bags. Dia Ceylon Tea bags from Mini Preço, 50 bags for 99 cents.
       
   
Breakfast Cereals
Many popular brands available in all large supermarkets, Weetabix, All Bran, Cherios, Golden Grahams, Special-K and Nesquik cereals to name but a few, approx €2.50 a box
       
   
Custard Powder
Ramazzotti custard powder 500g box, mix with hot milk a little sugar and some cream, tastes just like Birds. Available in all high street supermarkets
       
   
Nescafe Instant Coffee
Available in all high street supermarkets
       
   
Heinz Salad Cream
Available in all high street supermarkets
       
   
Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
Available in all large supermarkets. Portuguese alternative ´Molho Inglês´ not quite Lea & Perrins but a good substitute and available in all high street shops.
       
   
Heinz Tomato Sauce
Available in all high street supermarketss
       
   
Toiletries
Many well known brands available in all large supermarkets, Johnsons baby products, Dove showergel, deodorant, body lotion etc, Pantene hair care products, Aquafresh & Colgate toothpaste, the list is endless.
       
   
Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup
Available in Continente, Intermarché
       
   
       
   
DIY Stores
       
   
Leroy Merlin
One of europes largest DIY stores, Leroy Merlin provide self-service and sales assisted services. Its business is centered around six main sectors: DIY, building, gardening, sanitary equipment, renewable energy and interior decoration.

Location:
Vale das Flores, Coimbra
On the old Macros site near Coimbra Shopping Centre
SatNav: 40°11'40.02"N    8°24'16.08"W

Website: www.leroymerlin.pt

       
   
Ikea
Scandinavian modern style furniture and accessories. IKEA offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at low prices.

Location:
Alfragide in Lisbon
Matosinhos in Porto

Website: www.ikea.com

       
   
Eduardo Luis Simões Lda
Small independent DIY store supplying sand, cement, balast, block & beams, tiles, bathroom suites, plumbing, paint, electricals, floor and wall tiles and garden pots

Location:
Industrial Park just off the IC8, Pedrógão Grande
SatNav: 39°55'21.11"N     8° 9'11.91"W

       
   
Bricomarché
Bricomarché is part of the retail group Les Mousquetaires. Bricomarché is a DIY store supplying power tools, wood, bathroom suites, sinks, showers, paint, electricals, lighting, plumbing, soft furnishings and garden products. Similar to the UK B&Q but on a smaller scale.

Location:
Pombal (opposite Intermerché)
SatNav: 39°55'16.18"N     8°37'47.80"W

Website: www.mousquetaires.com

       
   
       
   
Shopping Centres
       
   
Dolce Vita Shopping Centre
Designed as part of the modernization of the city´s soccer stadium, the Dolce Vita Coimbra Shopping Centre was developed underneath the stadium seating. Its four floors of shopping are all below ground, with natural light, a play of colors through its glass facade and eye-catching steelwork.

It has 115 shops, including Aki, Sportzone, Worten, Zara and Jumbo hypermarket. There is a 10-screen Lusomundo cinema and food court spanning the entire top floor.

Supported by 5 car parks offering 2,700 underground spaces.

Location: Centre of Coimbra underneath the football stadium.

       
   
Forum Shopping Centre
Forum shopping centre is located on the east slope of the Planalto de Santa Clara, site of a former textile factory commanding magnificent hill-top views over the River Mondego, the city of Coimbra and beyond.

It has 146 shops, including some brands new to Coimbra such as FNAC and H&M and large shopping and leisure facilities such as a Continente hypermarket (18,000 m²), Zara, C&A, Rádio Popular, Norauto a 6-screen Lusomundo cinema (with 1,500 seats) and ten pin bowling.

There are 28 food outlets offering a wide range of international and traditional Portugues food, with a shared seating area (700 seats) and terraces overlooking the river and the city. Supported by 6 car parks offering 2,550 underground and 330 open air parking spaces.

Location: East Coimbra overlooking the river

       
   
Parque Mondego, Taveira, Coimbra
Parque Modego is a small retail park located in Taveira on the outskirts of Coimbra. It has ample free parking, restaurants and the following shops:

DeBorla
Household items, pots, pans, storage containers, electrical goods, garden furniture etc

Avent
Mother and baby store, cots, prams etc

Decathlon
Sports equipment and clothing, fishing, diving, football, bicycles and bike accessories, tents, camping equipment, canoeing and kayaking

Mini Preço
Medium sized supermarket, good quality butchers instore, good discounts for Mini Preço card holders

Rádio Popular
Large electrical store, fridge, freezer, washing machine, gas and electric hobs, ovens and free standing cookers, tv's, dvd players etc

Babou
Large clothing store also selling shoes, bedding, curtains and small household items such as pots, pans, storage containers, china and cutlery

Casa das Peles
Leather goods, furniture, clothes, bags etc

Office Pak
Office stationery, file, folders, paper, note books etc

MultiOpticas
Eye tests and glasses

Location: Estrada Condeixa Taveiro, Taveiro, Coimbra 3045-478

       
   
Coimbra Parque, North Coimbra
Located 5km from Coimbra city centre next to Modelo Supermarket. There are 14 stores including IZI, Worten and San Luis Electrical, 2 cafe bars and free parking for up to 560 cars.

Location:  North Coimbra heading towards the Coimbra B railway station and then follow the signs to Eiras

       
   
       
   
Garden Centres
       
   
Pascoal
Medium sized garden centre, good stock of plants, pots, garden furniture, household items and BBQ's, good prices

Location: Avelar just off the IC8

       
   
Pombal
Large well stocked garden centre, near Pombal, abit expensive but lots of choice

Location: near Pombal on the IC2 heading towards Leiria

       
   
Sertã
Small independent garden centre, good stock of indoor and outdoor plants, excellent prices

Location: just off the IC8 at Sertã junction

       
   
Plurijardim
Medium sized well stocked garden centre, plants, pots, furniture and BBQ's

Location: just off the Lousã bypass near Lidl

       
   
       
   
Local Market Days
       
   
Most towns hold a weekly market selling a range of products such as fruit and veg, fish, meat, plants, trees and shrubs, garden tools and household items. Below are our local markets and when they are held.
       
   
Alvaiázere
Wednesday
   
Alvorge
2nd Sunday of each month
   
Ansião
Saturday, large market
   
Arganil
Thursday
   
Cabeços
Monday
   
Castanheira de Pera
Saturday, small market
   
Condeixa
Tuesday and Friday
   
Espinhal
Sunday
   
Figueiró dos Vinhos
Saturday, large under cover market
   
Góis
Tuesday
   
Lousã
Tuesday and Saturday, large market
   
Miranda do Corvo
Wednesday, large market
   
Pedrógão Grande
Monday
   
Penela
Thursday, large market
   
Penacova
1st Sunday of the month, large market
   
Pombal
Thursday, large market
   
Serpins
Sunday
   
Tomar
Friday
   
Vila Nova de Poiares
Monday
       
   
       
   
Portuguese Residency
       
   
Five year temporary residency certificates can now be obtained from your local Câmara Municipal. Passport and fiscal number are all thats required. On completion of a short questionaire a Certificado de registo de Cidadão da União Europeia is issued.

Once temporary 5 year residency has been obtained you are required to register your UK driving license, this can be done at the IMTT Office in Coimbra.

       
   
       
   
Radio Stations
       
   
87.9 FM
Antenna 1 - Lots of talking
   
89.3 FM
Antenna 2 - Classical music
   
102.2 FM
Antenna 3 - Broad spectrum music
   
90.75 FM
Commercial - Broad spectrum music
   
106 FM
RR - Golden oldies
   
107.4 FM
TSF - Broad spectrum music
   
61.65 FM
RFM - 60s, 70s and 80s
   
105.5 FM
Good Morning Portugal (Saturday mornings)
       
   
       
   
Broadband ADSL Internet
       
   
Clara ADSL
Independent ISP   claranet.pt
   
Satellite Internet
Independent ISP   Satellite ADSL
       
   
Free Internet Cafe - Espaço Internet
   
Castanheira de Pera
Largo Dr. Manuel Diniz Henriques, 22 (Casa Pimentel)
3280-021 Castanheira de Pera
Tel: 236 432 800

Opening Hours:
Monday: 10am-12pm and 3pm-8pm
Tuesday and Friday: 10am-12pm and 3pm-8pm
Saturday: 1pm-8pm

       
   
Free Wireless Internet Hot Spots
   
Castanheira de Pera - 6 hot spots
  • Casa Pimentel
  • Câmara Municipal
  • Centro de Saúde
  • Santa Casa da Misericórdia
  • Junta de Freguesia
  • Igreja
       
   
       
   
UK to European Clothing Size Conversion
       
   
Womens Clothing
UK
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
Europe
38
40
42
44
46
48
50
       
   
Bra Sizes
UK
-
32
34
36
38
40
-
Europe
-
70
75
80
85
90
-
       
   
Shoe Sizes
UK
5
6
7
Europe
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
       
   
Mens Waist
UK
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
Europe
71
76
80
87
91
97
102
       
   
Mens Collar Sizes
UK
15
30
32
34
36
38
40
Europe
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
       
   
The above are a guide only, sizes can vary depending on manufacturer
       
   
       
   
Vet Services
       
   
Zoosaude (Penela)
Dra. Paulo Sousa
Nextdoor to the Galp station
Penela

Tel: 239 561 385
M: 967 681 701
M: 963 063 039 (emergencies)

       
   
Zoosaude (Castanheira de Pera)
Dra. Paulo Sousa
Opposite Esplanada Cafe
Castenheira de Pera

Tel: 239 561 385
M: 967 681 701
M: 963 063 039 (emergencies)

       
   
Hospital Veterinário de Baixo Vouga
E.N.1 No 335
3750-742 Segadães
Agueda

Tel: 234 646 811
GPS: 40.602 -8.464
www.hospitalveterinariodobaixovouga.com

       
   
Tuffy Vet Services
Dra. Karen Isensee
6100 Sertãa

Tel: 966 457 103

       
   
       
   
Fishing Licences
       
   
A fishing licence (licença) is needed to fish in Portugal.

A sports fishing licence (Licença de Pesca Desportiva) is required for sea fishing and a licence for fishing in fresh water (Licença de Pesca Desportiva em Águas Interiores) is required for fishing in rivers and lakes. There are a number of different types of licence:

       
   
National License - Licença Nacional
Allows the holder to fish all over the country where fishing is not restricted.
       
   
Regional License - Licença Regional
Allows the holder to fish either in the north, south or central Portugal.
       
   
Local License - Licença de Conselho
Allows fishing only in the rivers and lakes in a given local authority district.
       
   
Special License for Restricted Areas - Licença para Zona de Pesca Reservada
Allows fishing in protected or reserved zones at certain times of the year
       
   
Special License - Licença Especial
Allows fishing by foreigners without a Portuguese Residency Permit (Cartão de Residencia)
       
   
Children under the age of 14 years are not required to obtain a license when accompanied by an adult, provided the adult holds a valid licence.

Fishing licences can be purchased at the Autoridade Florestal Nacional (AFN). If you purchase your fishing licence in Lousã, it is issued the same day on presentation of a valid passport or identity document.

Fishing licences can also be purchased via Multi Bank machines:

  • Insert your bank card and enter your PIN as normal
  • Select Pagamentos e Outros Serviços
  • Select Estado e Sector Público
  • Select Pesca Lúdica
  • Select Pesca Águas Doces (for river fishing)
  • Select the type of license you require
    • Nacional
    • Regional Norte
    • Regional Centro
    • Regional Sul
  • Enter your Bilhete de Identidade or Passport Number
  • Enter your Número de Contribuinte
  • Check the license details on screen, confirm and wait for the license to print.

It's advised that you also keep a photocopy of your Multi Bank fishing license. Duplicates from the Multi Bank are available for 60 days only from the date of purchase.

       
   
       
   
Terrestrial and Satellite Television
       
   
Portuguese TV Channels
       
   
Portuguese terrestrial television has four free-to-air TV channels - RTP1, RTP2, SIC, and TVI.

RTP1 and RTP2 channels are public, belonging 100% to the Portuguese State. SIC and TVI are private channels.

RTP2 shows programmes of a higher cultural level and shows no adverts. The other 3 channels are very similar and consist of news, talk shows, films, sports, contests and musical shows. Advert breaks tend to be around 15 minutes in length.

To receive all 4 free-to-air terrestrial channels you will need two aerials.

       
   
TV Cabo - Satellite/Cable TV
       
   
TV Cabo Portugal, the cable/satellite operator is wholly owned by Portugal Telecom. In areas other than Lisbon and Porto TV Cabo is available via satellite only.

TV Cabo offers approximately 100 channels and are sold as monthly packages ranging from €14.99 upto around €30.00. Initial set up costs are around €250.00 which includes on-site installation and equipment. Visit TV Cabo Guia for details of channels and packages available.

       
   
Free to Air Satellite TV
       
   
Get UK TV channels for free with a free to air satellite dish and box system. There is a one off fee, no monthly bills.

These free to air systems can be purchased off the shelf at most DIY stores, but aligning the dish to the correct satellites can be very tricky without a sat meter, so would recommed that you have it properly installed*.

* For details of local installers please our visit local business page under
 Satellite TV

       
   
Meo - Satellite/Cable TV
       
   
Meo is the new subscription service provided by PT Comunicações. Piloted in Lisbon, Porto and Castelo Branco, Meo satellite service was launched nationwide in April 2008

Meo offers approximately 70 channels and are sold as monthly packages ranging from €9.77 upto around €29.65. Initial set up costs vary depending on equipment. Visit Meo for details of channels and packages available.

       
   
       
   
Soak Away Septic Tanks
       
   
Even the best septic tanks can get clogged or full of solids. To help keep your septic tank in good working order here are some do´s and don´ts:
       
   
Do Not
  • Use bleach or bleach based products in your toilet, it will kill your friendly bacteria
  • Allow grey water to enter the first chamber of your septic tank
  • Poor cooking oils, animals fats and dairy products into your toilet
  • Flush toilet paper or sanitary products
       
   
Do
  • Use eco-friendly toilet cleaning products (Ecover is available in all large supermarkets)
  • Use eco-friendly kitchen cleaning products
  • Use recylced toilet paper
       
   
       
   
NIF Numbers (Número de Indentificação Fiscal)
       
   
To purchase property in Portugal you must apply for a NIF number (Número de Indentificação Fiscal) at the local tax office (finanças). Applications for a NIF number can be made by tourists or residents on presentation of a valid passport and payment of a small fee. A temporary number is issued immediately and your permanent Cartão de Contribuente follows in the post.

A NIF number is also required to open a portuguese bank account.

Please visit our Buying Process page for full details

       
   
       
   
Vehicle MOT Testing and Certificates
       
   
As in Britain, MOT testing is compulsory in Portugal for all vehicles over four years old. Cars aged 4-7 years must be tested every two years and thereafter every year. The test (Inspecção Periódica Obrigatória - IPO) must be carried out at an approved garage. The garage is required to request the vehicle´s ownership document (Titulo de Registo de Propriedade), its logbook (Livrete) (or the recently introduced Certificado de Matrícula) and the owner´s taxpayer´s identification card (Número de Indentificação Fiscal) before carrying out the test.

A stamp confirming that the vehicle has undergone (and passed) the test is issued. This should be displayed in the lower right-hand corner of the vehicle´s windscreen.

If your vehicle fails the MOT inspection a temporary certificate may be issued. Passengers are not permitted while the car is covered by a temporary MOT.

Source of information: Consular Section, British Embassy, Lisbon

       
   
       
   
UK Passport Renewals in Portugal
       
   
You can download a passport application form at: https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports

Passport applications should be sent to:

Identity and Passport Service
OVS-B
Ground Floor
Law Society House
90-106 Victoria Street
Belfast
BT1 3GN
United Kingdom

Source of information: British Embassy

       
   
       
   
Physiotherapy
       
   
Location: Castanhiera de Pera

Pedro Kalidas

Telephone: 236 432 157

Mobile: 938 455 098

       
   
       
   
Portugal Health Service
       
   
Visitors & Holiday Makers
   
As a visitor or holiday maker in Portugal you are entitled to free emergency treatment on production of your UK passport. Generally a small registration fee will be charged ranging €2.50 to €10 euros.

       
   
Residents
   
UK passport holders that are registered and have a Social security number can then register and their local Centro de Saúde (Health Centre) and sign-up with one of their Doctors. Once you have obtained a National Health Card (or evidence of application) you are free to use the health service.

       
   
       
   
English Newspapers in Portugal
       
   
Newspapers and News Sites in Portugal published in the English language:
       
   
The Portugal News
www.the-news.net
Weekly newspaper covering all the major news about Portugal in English. Also available online
       
   
Algarve Daily News
algarvedailynews.com
Online newspaper covering all the major news about Portugal in English.
       
   
Essential Portugal
www.essential-portugal.com
Monthly lifestyle magazine - Travel, health, fashion, food, wine, property and more...
       
   
Get Real
www.getrealweekly.com
Weekly newspaper also available online
       
   
Algarve Observer
www.algarveobserver.com
English version of the Portuguese newspaper Observatório do Algarve. Also available online.
       
   
       
   
Banks in Portugal
       
   
Most banks in Portugal have ATM machines (multibanco) if you are using a UK debit card most machines will automatically display the on screen instructions in English but you will have limited functionality.

Below is a list of the major banks and the local towns in which you will find a branch (sucursal).

       
   
Banco Espírito Santo (BES)
Figueiró dos Vinhos
Lousã
Pombal
       
   
Millennium BCP
Castanheira de Pera
       
   
Caixa Geral de Depositos
Castanheira de Pera
Lousã
Pombal
       
   
Credito Agricola
Castanheira de Pera
Lousã
Pombal
       
   
Banco Português de Investimento SA (BPI)
       
   
Santander Totta
       
   
Useful Bank Term Translations
       
   
Bank balance - Saldo da conta
Withdrawal - Levantamento
To withdraw money - Levantar dinheiro
To deposit money - Depositar dinheiro
Cards - Cartões
To check a balance/movement - Consultar saldo/movimento
ATM Balance slip - Talão
Savings account - Conta da poupança
Current account - Conta à ordem
Interest - Juros
Branch - Sucursal
       
   
       
   
Books About Portugal
           
                  
           
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UK Groceries Delivered to Portugal
           
                  
                  
           
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