Need cash in Portugal? Of course, you will need cash in the country, especially to pay small amounts. Special coffee shops or pastry shops, in which most of the times you’re consuming is small amounts of money, such as two or three euros.
Not only this type of shop, but you will also find others where it will be impossible to use a debit card or credit card. The main reason is the fees charged by the banks and visa system for this type of payment for merchants.
You don’t need to have 200 euros in the pocket while sightseeing in Portugal, however, we advise you to have 60€ since you can always pay the small bills in most of the shops. Coffee shops, pastry shops, or if you want to buy a postal or a magnetic in a local store. If you are eating a egg custard tart and or a coffee it will help
Another good example is the ticket machines for the metro, which accept banknotes and coins and also debit/credit card, depending on the amounts. If you are paying for a single ticket at the metro in Lisbon, it will be better for you to pay in cash, instead of a card.
For this reason, we highly advise that you have banknotes or coins always available. If you are not traveling alone, split the money for the number of persons, for safety. The crime rates in the country are very low, but as in all countries, you will find pickpockets. Other types of services such as transportation, accommodation, restaurants, food experiences, sightseeing you will be able to pay with a credit card.
In the end, is that you have an amazing pleasure to visit Portugal, meet the locals and enjoy the moments. Beautiful sunsets, amazing people that will speak English and help you everyday, nightlife, gastronomy, museums and many other activities you can make. The major cities such as Lisbon and Porto, are the perfect spots for a city break with a maximum of 4 hours flight in Europe (depends of the country). Know more about the several cooking classes and walking tour activities you can make, while visiting Portugal. Activities and experiences you will love.
Market Tour in Portugal is a journey to the world of senses, discovering the Portuguese ingredients in the market stalls. You will be able to engage with locals, making questions, and always with a professional chef with you to visit the local market.