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Here are a few more true Portuguese habits:
You salivate at the mention of “pastéis” | Pastéis de nata are a national favorite, and after a while, everyone falls under their sweet spell.
Ordering a large beer becomes something “that the tourists do” but not you | In Lisbon, a small draft beer is called “imperial,” while in Porto, they are referred to as a “fino.” Other Portuguese regions adopt one word or the other. No matter where you live in Portugal, and no matter what it’s called, one thing is certain: small draft beers are more popular than large beers, and ordering the latter will peg you as a tourist.
Vacations and days off are sacred | Many restaurants, cafés, and museums normally close on national holidays. The month of August is a terrible time to search for jobs or apply for services. When you live in Portugal, you get used to not expecting much during certain times of the year, and eventually, you’re planning your time off too.
Other people think you’re yelling when you’re only having a discussion | Portuguese people are passionate people, and that fact comes out during a conversation, especially one related to futebol or politics; this is more regionally dependent and pertains to people from the north and the islands more than around Lisbon and the south.
You check the prices of menus before committing to a restaurant | No one who lives in Lisbon eats on Rua Augusta. Also, no one pays more than €10 for lunch or €20 for dinner if they can help it (unless it’s a special occasion). As we mentioned, you will begin looking for bargains everywhere, and that definitely includes at the local restaurants, where good food doesn’t mean hefty bills.
You make sure to always have cash | Carrying cash in Portugal is certainly more convenient, and this becomes more of a habit when you’re outside the major cities where lots of the local shops/establishments have a “cash only” rule. Even in the Algarve, Lisbon, and Porto, some cafés and bars will require a minimum bill amount to pay with plastic.
Dinner without wine is unspeakable | Okay, perhaps not everyone drinks wine with their meals, but it’s certainly more than common. Anchored by strong cultural ties, the Portuguese are proud of their local wines, which are delicious and have begun gaining popularity worldwide.
Develop more of a traveling itch | Whether you travel through Portugal or abroad, the desire to see and experience more is something shared by most Portuguese people. As a culture, they appreciate and love learning about other groups, which is apparent in how welcoming they generally are, in the number of diverse museums that they have, and in how much they enjoy traveling. Plus, they were once one of the world’s greatest navigators and explorers. Of course, not everyone is able to plan exotic vacations abroad, but those who can, generally do.
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