Segunda-feira, 14 de Fevereiro, 2011

Accommodation

When you are staying for a long time in Tomar there are a couple of places where you can settle.

 

Students of the IPT can live at the residence of IPT. These rooms are always double or triple. The kitchens and bathrooms are shared spaces. A laundry service is also available.  A big advantage is that the residence is part of the school, so you don’t need any kind of transportation to get to classes.

Double room: €85 p.p./ month

http://portal.ipt.pt/portal

 

An alternative for staying at the university is the Santa Marta residence. This residence is a 15 minute walk from IPT. Individual and double rooms are present and laundry service and gym are available. Kitchens and bathrooms are private. This residence is a bit more expensive than the accommodation at IPT and is also more distant from the centre of Tomar.

Single room: € 250 p.p./ month

Double room: € 318 p.p./ month

http://residenciasantamarta.com.sapo.pt/

 

A third possibility is to rent an apartment. You can research some options in advance by using internet, but there are also real estate agencies in Tomar. If you like to be adventurous don’t arrange anything in advance, you can let the city surprise you and search for an apartment when you arrive.

 

When friends and family come to visit there are some options you can suggest them:

Hotels

Hotel Residencial Trovador

Average price/night: € 40 - €65

http://residencialtrovador.com.sapo.pt/

 

Estalagem Santa Iria

Average price/night: € 50 - €85

http://www.estalagemsantairia.com/

 

Hotel dos Templarios ****

Average price/night: € 65 - €110

http://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/dos-templarios.en.html

 

 

B&B’s:

Casa Das Flores

Average price/night : €30

http://www.casadasfloresportugal.com/

 

Prado Sonolento

Average price/night : €30

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g312717-d1442989-Reviews-Prado_Sonolento-Tomar_Estremadura.html

 

Casa Rosden

Average price/night : €40

http://www.casarosdenportugal.com/

 

Rio Azul

Average price/night: €35 - €50

http://www.rio-azul.com/en

 

Exclusive B&B

Casa da Avo Genoveva

Average price/night: € 75 - €145

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g312717-d304356-Reviews-Casa_da_Avo_Genoveva-Tomar_Estremadura.html

 

Transportation

When visiting Portugal there are options for transportation for every budget:

Bus/ Tram

In cities you pay the driver a flat fare. In Lisbon and Oporto there are special tourist tickets at Carris (Lisbon) and the Lisbon Underground or STCP (Oporto) information kiosks, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Train

There are Express trains from Lisbon through Coimbra to Oporto (Alfa trains) and regional trains (Inter-cidades and Inter-regionais) connecting the different areas of Portugal.

First and second class are available (except for local and suburban trains). Special tickets include tourist tickets (valid for 7, 14 or 21 days). There are special rates on "Blue Days" offering return tickets with discount for trips over 100 km. Train timetables are available from information desks at stations and tourism offices.


Taxi

 

There are plenty taxis in Portugal. They are usually painted green and black, although these colors are being gradually changed to beige. They have an illuminated taxi-sign on top of the car. In the cities they charge a standard meter fare, outside the cities taxi-drivers may charge per kilometer and are entitled to charge for the return fare. The usual amount to tip is 10% of the fare.

Car rental

Average price of a car for one week: €144

Car rental companies can be found in all major towns and at the international airports. You must show proof of identity and a valid driver’s license. A green card is essential and it's wise to take out insurance coverage and collision insurance. Cars can’t be hired by anyone under 21 years old. www.hertz.com

 

Warnings and dangers 

It's important to keep in mind the following warnings and dangers when visiting Portugal. These warnings are particularly useful when visiting big cities like Lisbon and Porto.

Taxis

When exiting the airport in Portugal you must be careful for dishonest taxi drivers. They might charge you in excess. It’s important to set the fare before entering the taxi.

 

Pickpockets

It’s a common problem in most major cities but in Lisbon pickpocketting on public transportation seems to be particularly bad. Take precautions, such as not keeping your wallet in your back pocket, to avoid theft. Also, watch out for people bumping against you.

Strong sun

During summer months the sun can be very strong. So if you are on the beach, make sure you apply frequently sunscreen. In Portugal doctors recommend that you go to the beach before 11am or after 5pm. Even if you are not at the beach but visiting a city, you may also get sun burnt. It’s advisable to always wear sunscreen and to carry some water with you.

Tomar is a very peaceful city, you'll easily feel welcome and safe. Yet it is always advisable to be cautious.

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