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Social Life in Portugal

Behavior

The Portuguese are very well aware of the world around them as well as the differences in opinions and behaviors. Because of this they are quite understanding of various cultures and foreigners so odd behaviors are generally accepted (but not encouraged).

Your behavior should begin with modesty as being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or dressing provocatively will get you stares. Likewise, placing yourself above others or boasting is viewed negatively.

As a visitor to Portugal, just try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing in like manner (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our Portugal Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart.

Dress

Traditional Portuguese dress is simple and very reflective of that of Spain and Europe as a whole from years past. Men and Women traditionally wore long-sleeved loose-fitting white shirts with men generally wearing black pants and a vest, which was also commonly black with colored embroidery. For women, most wore a skirt with a vest or a dress, which was often times red.

This traditional dress has all but vanished today as the Portuguese wear modern western-styled clothes, not unlike the rest of the continent. The dress ranges greatly from style to style, but most people have a strong sense of fashion. As a visitor to Portugal you are welcomed to wear any western-styled clothing, but try to dress for the occasion as churches require long pants and modest tops, but if just wandering around a city as a tourist shorts and a t-shirt are well accepted. However, sunbathing naked or women sunbathing topless is only permitted in certain places so always be sure to know where this is allowed before doing so.

This page was last updated: November, 2013