Travel Tips

CURRENCY

The currency in Portugal and Spain is the Euro. ATM’s are found throughout Lisbon and Seville. The best bet is to use an ATM/Cashpoint to obtain Euros from your home bank account, or use a non-fee credit card where possible.

 

CLIMATE

In Lisbon, May brings very pleasant, warm temperatures to Lisbon. The average temperature reaches up to 17°C (about 62°F), and dips no lower than 13°C (about 55°F) in the evenings.

In Seville, May is also very pleasant, leaving behind the cold winter temperatures and anticipating the heat of summer. The maximum average temperature in this month is usually 26ºC (79ºF), dropping to 15ºC (59ºF) at night, obtaining a lovely average temperature of 21ºC (70ºF).

 

ATTIRE AND ACCESSORIES

Resort wear will be appropriate for all of the scheduled program events, although Gala Dinners is Formal Attire. Be sure to pack comfortable footwear, a swimsuit, a cap or sunhat, sunglasses and appropriate clothing for a variety of activities (including casual shorts and tops for the beach and off-site individual activities). A light jacket is recommended for cooler evenings.

 

PACKING TIPS

As a precaution, you may elect to tape a business card to the inside of your luggage in the unlikely event that tags become separated from your luggage. Do not pack any items of value in luggage that is to be checked. Travel documents, traveler’s checks, medications, jewelry, electronic equipment and other valuables should always be kept with you. Be sure to bring ample supplies of any required medication as well as a copy of any important prescriptions.European appliances run on 220 volts of electricity. While most appliances/ electronics have dual bandwidth, an inexpensive plug adapter is recommended. Please remember to bring along a high factor sunscreen to protect your skin from the strong sun.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:

In Portugal, the language spoken is Portuguese
In Spain, the language spoken is Spanish. 

 

COMMON PORTUGESE PHRASES:

Hello – Olá
Hi or Hey – Oi Goodbye
Adeus Bye – Tchau
Good morning – Bom Dia
Good afternoon/Evening – Boa Tarde
Good night – Boa Noite
Have a Nice Day – Em um Bom Dia! Cheers! – Viva!
To Good Health – Saúde!
Have a Good Journey – Boa Viagem!
Thank you – Obrigado (m) Obrigada (f)

 

COMMON SPANISH PHRASES:

Hello – Hola
Goodbye – Adios
Bye – Chau
Good Morning – Buenos días
Good afternoon/Evening – Buenas tardes
Good night – Buenas noches
Have a Nice Day – ¡Ten un buen día!
Cheers! – ¡Salud!
Have a Good Journey – ¡Buen viaje!
Thank you – Gracias